Conflict and Human Rights

Joint Committee on Human Rights Calls on UK Government to Justify ‘Presumption to Derogate’

Joint Committee on Human Rights Calls on UK Government to Justify ‘Presumption to Derogate’

The UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR) has written to the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon, requesting details about the Government’s proposal to derogate from the...
Analysing Proposals for a ‘Presumption to Derogate’ from Human Rights Laws in Armed Conflicts

Analysing Proposals for a ‘Presumption to Derogate’ from Human Rights Laws in Armed Conflicts

On 4 October 2016, The Guardian reported that the UK Government will introduce plans to suspend the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to the UK’s armed...
Children’s Visibility in Colombia’s Peace Plebiscite Campaign: In Everyone’s Interest but Children’s

Children’s Visibility in Colombia’s Peace Plebiscite Campaign: In Everyone’s Interest but Children’s

Colombia is at a critical transitional moment. Today, Colombians will be called to vote on whether they support the final peace agreement signed on September 26th between the Colombian Government...
Crimes Against Culture

Crimes Against Culture

A landmark case for international law is currently before the International Criminal Court (ICC), where the destruction of cultural heritage in Timbuktu is being tried as a war crime under...
Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Femicide in Guatemala – Part II

Velásquez Paiz et al v Guatemala: Femicide in Guatemala – Part II

On 19 November 2015, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (‘the Court’) handed down a decision on gender-based violence in Guatemala. This decision comes at a time when Guatemala has...
US Sanctions on North Korean Human Rights Violators: Exploring the Impact

US Sanctions on North Korean Human Rights Violators: Exploring the Impact

On July 6, the US State Department released its report on North Korean human rights violations pursuant to its requirements under the North Korea Sanctions and Policy Enhancement Act of...
Prevention is Key to Ending State Conflict & Fragility

Prevention is Key to Ending State Conflict & Fragility

Conflict, violence and instability are troubling yet familiar phrases that continue to dominate media headlines. At the recent World Humanitarian Summit held last month in Istanbul, the take-home message for...
Human Rights Protections in Northern Ireland: How to Make the Best Out of a Bad Situation

Human Rights Protections in Northern Ireland: How to Make the Best Out of a Bad Situation

Recent political developments give reason to be disheartened about the future protection and safeguarding of rights across the UK in coming years. In the particular context of Northern Ireland, though,...
Rodrigo Duterte – the Philippines’s Human Rights Wild Card

Rodrigo Duterte – the Philippines’s Human Rights Wild Card

On 9th of May, Rodrigo Duterte, a long-time mayor of Davao City in the Southern island of Mindanao, was elected the new president of the Philippines, winning nearly 40 percent...
The 9 Point Agreement and the Fate of the Transitional Justice System in Nepal

The 9 Point Agreement and the Fate of the Transitional Justice System in Nepal

For more than a decade, Nepal had undergone a conflict between the security forces and the Maoist political movement led by the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist (CPN-M). The conflict ended...
The Missing Peace? Global-Regional Partnerships in Africa

The Missing Peace? Global-Regional Partnerships in Africa

UN peace operations have reached unprecedented levels of cost, complexity and risk – and its operational focus is clear. Nine of the 16 current UN peacekeeping missions are in Africa,...
The UK and Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and the Perils of Petrodollar Morality – Part II

The UK and Saudi Arabia: Human Rights and the Perils of Petrodollar Morality – Part II

In Part I, we looked at how the UK’s “special relationship” with Saudi Arabia underpins its half-hearted approach to the kingdom’s dismal human rights record. The cornerstone of this relationship...

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