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Human Rights and the Arms Trade Treaty

Kate Stone - 9th January 2015

Regular readers of the blog will recall previous posts from Dr Gilles Giacca on the Arms Trade Treaty, which was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 2nd April 2013. This post marks the recent entry into force of the treaty on 24th December 2014, a milestone which has been widely acclaimed by campaigners and […]

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Transnational Human Rights Advocacy as the Contemporary Anti-Hegemon: Human Rights Implications for the BDS Movement

Devarshi Mukhopadhyay - 21st November 2014

Critics have characterised the status of close to four million Palestinian refugees as “nothing short of heinous”, and this contention has been substantiated by the detailed findings of Professor Richard Falk of Princeton University. This assessment requires a deeper insight into why, despite having an exclusive United Nations Agency devoted to gradual social mainstreaming and the Right to […]

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Iraq Needs Incisive Measures from the UN Security Council

Michele Porcelluzzi - 30th August 2014

The current US military operations in Northern Iraq, resisting troops belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), may be evaluated as compatible with international law. However, despite this, UN Security Council measures are still needed. According to Article 2 (4) of the UN Charter and customary international law, the use of force […]

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Internally Displaced Persons in Ukraine

Richard Verber - 19th August 2014

Well over 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes due to the ongoing violence in Ukraine. We have seen two waves: the first displacement from the south of Ukraine began before the March referendum in Crimea, and the second from the east due to ongoing fighting between the Ukrainian army and pro-Russian separatists. The […]

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Anti-Terrorism Review Reform: Some Considerations

Jessie Blackbourn - 8th August 2014

In mid-July, the UK government announced its intention to abolish the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation – the office tasked to review the UK’s anti-terrorism laws – and replace it with a new Privacy and Civil Liberties Board. There is some merit in this proposed reform. A panel of reviewers could mitigate some of the […]

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UN sanctions: possible changes?

Michele Porcelluzzi - 24th July 2014

In the last 20 years, the UN Security Council has adopted numerous sanctions not involving the use of armed force. Originally, these sanctions only targeted States and aimed to prevent or punish cross-border attacks, civil wars and terrorism. They have since narrowed to target specific entities or individuals and the rationale for sanctions has expanded […]

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Repression of Nonviolent Activism in Syria

Malu Halasa - 9th June 2014

These days, nonviolent activists in Syria find themselves targeted on one side by the Syrian regime, and on the other, by extremist Islamic fronts. Their opposition to narrow interpretations of their country’s future – as either a continuing dictatorship or an equally brutal Sharia-state – has given these supposed foes common cause in attacking them. […]

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Accounting for Rights in EU Counter-Terrorism

Fiona de Londras - 7th June 2014

In the 12 years after 9/11, the EU introduced 239 counter-terrorist measures, 88 of which were legally binding. In the EU, as elsewhere, designing and implementing counter-terrorism carries with it risks for rights. While a baseline of security is required in order to enjoy rights per se, ‘countering terrorism’ often infringes on the rights of […]

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The right to peaceful protest in Ethiopia

Solomon Tekle Abegaz - 25th May 2014

Ethiopia is currently witnessing a wave of peaceful demonstrations from political parties, student groups and others. One such set of demonstrations took place between 25th and 29th April. Oromo students at Ambo University of the Oromia Regional State were opposing the “Integrated Master Plan of Addis Ababa” (a plan to expand the city to some […]

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The Criminalization of Protests: Repression and Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

Manuel Casas - 15th April 2014

In Venezuela, anti-government protests are being brutally repressed; many demonstrators have been jailed, with some believed to have been tortured. On February 12, 2014, university students opposed to the current government carried out a rally a Caracas.  This date was purposely chosen for the rally because February 12th is Youth Day in Venezuela.  Youth Day […]

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