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Happy New Year from the Oxford Human Rights Hub

admin 24th December 2018

As 2018 draws to a close, the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog is taking a break for the next couple of weeks. We’ll be back on the 7th January 2019, with more cutting-edge human rights developments and analysis, but in the meanwhile, we wish all of our readers a happy new year! Thank you to […]

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“Insensitive Advertising” of Foreign Domestic Workers in Singapore: A Violation of Human Dignity

Benjamin Joshua Ong 22nd December 2018

Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower has suspended the licence of an employment agency for advertising the services of foreign domestic workers in an “insensitive” manner which portrayed the workers as a “commodity that can be bought and sold”.  It also prosecuted the agency and the employee responsible for the advertisements; the employee has pleaded guilty. The […]

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Coup, Constitution and Commission: Commission of Inquiry into Zimbabwean Electoral Violence Confirms Military Killings of Civilians

Jason Brickhill 21st December 2018

In a series of earlier posts, I have tracked a series of events in Zimbabwe beginning with the military-assisted coup to remove Robert Mugabe and install Emmerson Mnangagwa as President. The coup of November 2017 and its assault on constitutionalism is the dark strand running through the ensuing events. In ‘Coup and Constitution’, I argued […]

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Veil of Discord: France’s Approach to Religious Clothing Condemned by the United Nations Human Rights Committee

Joris Bertrand 19th December 2018

In three decisions issued on 10 August 2018 and 23 October 2018, the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) found that France violated rights guaranteed under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), because of its treatment of Muslim women wearing religious clothing. In the first case, an educational childcare centre employee was […]

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