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India’s Reaction to the 1st UN Report on Kashmir is Unwarranted

India’s Reaction to the 1st UN Report on Kashmir is Unwarranted

On June 14, 2018, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, in recognition of the urgent need to address the flagrant violation of human rights and to...
Let’s Talk About Kashmir: The Symbolic Significance Of The UN Report On Kashmir

Let’s Talk About Kashmir: The Symbolic Significance Of The UN Report On Kashmir

On 14th June, 2018, The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published a 49 page report, the first one ever, documenting the situation of human rights in both...
International Law Violations Underpin Tragedy in Gaza   

International Law Violations Underpin Tragedy in Gaza  

The death of 60 Palestinians under Israeli fire at the Israel-Gaza border fence on May 14 has sent palpable shockwaves through the international community. It is the greatest loss of...
The Second Generation Challenges of the Right to Development (II): Is there an International Duty to Cooperate towards the Realization of the Right to Development? 

The Second Generation Challenges of the Right to Development (II): Is there an International Duty to Cooperate towards the Realization of the Right to Development? 

In my previous post, I noted that the right to development should be rejuvenated by building on recent advances of international human rights law, which strengthened the international obligations of...
The Second Generation Challenges of the Right to Development (I): Can the Right to Development be Rescued? 

The Second Generation Challenges of the Right to Development (I): Can the Right to Development be Rescued? 

More than thirty years have passed since the UN General Assembly proclaimed the right to development, but its promise remains largely unfulfilled. The right to development was intended to contribute...
Anudo v Tanzania: The African Court Recognises the Right to Nationality under Customary International Law

Anudo v Tanzania: The African Court Recognises the Right to Nationality under Customary International Law

During the recently concluded 48th Ordinary Session, the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights delivered a unanimous decision of significance to the African continent and beyond by determining that...
Moving towards the recognition and protection of climate change refugees under international human rights law

Moving towards the recognition and protection of climate change refugees under international human rights law

The recent hurricanes that hit the coast of the Caribbean have renewed the fears of a global climate refugee crisis. However, there is a lack of clarity on who exactly...
Gaining More from Human Rights: Access to Health Care and Surviving Childbirth is not Enough

Gaining More from Human Rights: Access to Health Care and Surviving Childbirth is not Enough

Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 seeks to ensure healthy lives and promote wellbeing for all, at all ages. Within the maternity care context this requires a reduction in maternal mortality...
U.N. Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment: A Catalyst for Grassroots-Centered U.S. Reform?

U.N. Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment: A Catalyst for Grassroots-Centered U.S. Reform?

John H. Knox, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, recently issued a final report to the U.N. Human Rights Council. The report, which contains 16 Framework...
CRPD Committee Adopts New General Comment on Equality and Non-Discrimination

CRPD Committee Adopts New General Comment on Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities released its advance unedited version of the General Comment No. 6 on Equality and Non-Discrimination on 9 March 2018. The Committee’s...
Taking the backseat? Strategic utilisation of human rights in the implementation of SDGs

Taking the backseat? Strategic utilisation of human rights in the implementation of SDGs

Human rights and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are closely entwined. The text of the Agenda declares that human rights constitute the foundation and the aim of development. It states...
Transforming Women’s Lives Through Education

Transforming Women’s Lives Through Education

The virtues of education are uncontested. It is a multiplier right, it creates an empowered workforce and citizens, and perhaps most important, it leads to personal development and fulfilment. The...

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