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Stigma and Exclusion to Rights and Dignity: a Human Rights Approach to Poverty

Stigma and Exclusion to Rights and Dignity: a Human Rights Approach to Poverty

On 5 November 2013, Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and ...
UN Immunity, Access to Justice and the Haitian Cholera Epidemic

UN Immunity, Access to Justice and the Haitian Cholera Epidemic

A few weeks ago a group of Haitian cholera victims took the extraordinary step of filing a class action suit ...
UN Resolution on Women’s Involvement in Conflict-Prevention: a Move Towards Participative Equality for Women in Conflict Zones

UN Resolution on Women’s Involvement in Conflict-Prevention: a Move Towards Participative Equality for Women in Conflict Zones

Earlier this month, the UN Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 2122, designed to highlight the ...
Provoking Debate: The UN Special Rapporteur and the Right to Housing in the UK

Provoking Debate: The UN Special Rapporteur and the Right to Housing in the UK

The right to housing seldom captures the public imagination or the media spotlight.  Yet the visit of the UN ...
A New Role for Businesses in Safeguarding Human Rights

A New Role for Businesses in Safeguarding Human Rights

This summer, the European Commission published industry-specific guidelines on the implementation of the UN ...
Bringing balance to the international law with long-term perspectives

Bringing balance to the international law with long-term perspectives

Editor’s Note: This post is a follow-up to an earlier post by Karen Moir prior to the July 4th and 5th conference ...
ICESCR Optional Protocol: Reconciling Standards of Review

ICESCR Optional Protocol: Reconciling Standards of Review

Until very recently, there was no individual complaint procedure for a violation of the rights enshrined in the ...
Alternatives to Detention: Evidence from Canada and Switzerland

Alternatives to Detention: Evidence from Canada and Switzerland

This is republished from Border Criminologies: Foreigners in a Carceral Age A new report in the UNHCR Legal and ...
Failure to Protect Future Generations Undermines Universality of Law

Failure to Protect Future Generations Undermines Universality of Law

As environmentalists, development practitioners and concerned citizens accelerate their efforts to ...
Entry into force of the New Optional Protocol to the ICESCR

Entry into force of the New Optional Protocol to the ICESCR

The new Optional Protocol (OP) to the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) ...
UN Arms Trade Treaty opens for signature

UN Arms Trade Treaty opens for signature

The United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), adopted by the UN General Assembly on 2 April 2013, was opened for ...
Stealing Brides in Kyrgyzstan: Why Multiculturalism and Women’s Rights Make Such Uneasy Bedfellows

Stealing Brides in Kyrgyzstan: Why Multiculturalism and Women’s Rights Make Such Uneasy Bedfellows

Liz Fouksman uses the case of bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan to delve into the uneasy intersection of culture and ...

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