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Mapping the global crackdown on LGBTIQ rights

Mapping the global crackdown on LGBTIQ rights

On 17 May 1990, the World Health Organisation (WHO) removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), thereby taking an important first step towards addressing and removing the stigma...
No ‘Paradise on Earth’: Justice for Migrants from Japan to North Korea

No ‘Paradise on Earth’: Justice for Migrants from Japan to North Korea

Over 93,000 ethnic Koreans and their families emigrated from Japan to North Korea during the period 1959-1984. They did so because of lies and misleading propaganda. The North Korean regime...
Reconciliation and the Northern Ireland Legacy Act:  A Human Rights Perspective – Part 2

Reconciliation and the Northern Ireland Legacy Act: A Human Rights Perspective – Part 2

The first part of this blog drew on academic literature and international case law to examine the key components of a human rights centred concept of reconciliation. Here, we argue...
Reconciliation and the Northern Ireland Legacy Act: A Human Rights Perspective – Part 1

Reconciliation and the Northern Ireland Legacy Act: A Human Rights Perspective – Part 1

In February 2024, the High Court in Belfast declared in Dillon and others that fundamental aspects of the Northern Ireland Troubles (Legacy and Reconciliation) Act 2023 are unlawful and should...
Undermining the Right to Seek Asylum: Analysing the Proposed US Border Measures’ Impact on the Fundamental Human Rights of Migrants

Undermining the Right to Seek Asylum: Analysing the Proposed US Border Measures’ Impact on the Fundamental Human Rights of Migrants

A 370-page bill that emerged earlier this year out of backroom negotiations between the US Senate and the White House would entrench into law some of the most restrictive asylum...
Alabama’s Manifest Injustice and the Inhumanity of Execution by Nitrogen Gas Inhalation

Alabama’s Manifest Injustice and the Inhumanity of Execution by Nitrogen Gas Inhalation

On 25 January Alabama intends to be the first US state to use nitrogen gas inhalation as an execution method. Despite a manifestly unjust trial, the presence of convincing science...
The License to Jeopardise: The LGBTQ Rights ‘Movement’ in Russia

The License to Jeopardise: The LGBTQ Rights ‘Movement’ in Russia

The Supreme Court of Russia, on 30 November 2023, ruled against the ‘international LGBTQ movement’, declaring it an ‘extremist organisation’ and allowing the Russian government to take steps to curb...
Non-Refoulement of Uyghur Prisoners in India

Non-Refoulement of Uyghur Prisoners in India

Although India is not party to the 1951 United Nations Convention on the Rights of Refugees, this does not preclude it from its Principle of Non-Refoulement, or prohibition of refoulement,...
Museums and Missiles: Russia’s Attack on Ukrainian Heritage Highlights the Need to Protect Cultural Rights

Museums and Missiles: Russia’s Attack on Ukrainian Heritage Highlights the Need to Protect Cultural Rights

Since Russian troops invaded Ukraine in February 2022, they have bombed, defaced, and looted sites of cultural significance to the Ukrainian people. UNESCO recently confirmed that 295 sites have been...
The Miseries of Juvenile Prisoners of Bangladesh

The Miseries of Juvenile Prisoners of Bangladesh

Juvenile prisons in Bangladesh are effectively torture cells for teenage offenders. Known as juvenile development centres (JDC), the facilities of these institutions are chronically insufficient: overcrowded and understaffed, with poor...
The Use of Russian Language in Ukraine in Wartime

The Use of Russian Language in Ukraine in Wartime

After the full-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops on the 24th February 2022, the status of the Russian language and its use in Ukraine have come under critical attention....
Hostage Diplomacy: Russia’s Detention of a US journalist as State Hostage-taking

Hostage Diplomacy: Russia’s Detention of a US journalist as State Hostage-taking

On 30 March, Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) announced the arrest of the Wall Street Journal’s Moscow Correspondent, Evan Gershkovich, on “suspicion of espionage in the interests of the American...

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