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UNHRC Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice country mission to the United States

UNHRC Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice country mission to the United States

In December 2015, the UN Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice (WGDAW) issued its end-of-mission statement regarding the status of women’s equality...
Ebola and Understanding Health Crises as Threats to International Security

Ebola and Understanding Health Crises as Threats to International Security

On 14 January 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared an end to the two-year Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The epidemic claimed more than 11,300 lives and infected over...
Defending Privacy on a Global Scale: The Task of the Century

Defending Privacy on a Global Scale: The Task of the Century

Ever since Edward Snowden revealed the existence of the United States’ and other governments’ massive and indiscriminate citizen surveillance system, various actors and organizations have attempted to document, discuss and...
Including Water Security on the UN Security Council Agenda

Including Water Security on the UN Security Council Agenda

Water is indispensable to human survival and economic production. The management of water access has thus become a focal point of tensions between and within states. With forecasts of increasing...
UN Women Panel: Progress of the World’s Women 2015 Report

UN Women Panel: Progress of the World’s Women 2015 Report

On 18 November, OxHRH held a panel event for the recently released UN Women’s Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016 Report ‘Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights’. For the first time, OxHRH...
UN Human Rights Council Adopts Belgian Resolution on Capital Punishment

UN Human Rights Council Adopts Belgian Resolution on Capital Punishment

On 1 October 2015, the UN Human Rights Council (‘UNHRC’) in Geneva adopted a resolution on capital punishment (‘the resolution’) drafted by Belgium. Belgium took the initiative to draft the...
Rerouting From the Treaty Road Most Travelled

Rerouting From the Treaty Road Most Travelled

The corporate entity has been described as the most effective structure for capital accumulation because it allows for the separation of ownership from management. The transnational corporation (TNC) in particular,...
Sustainable Development Goals: A Beacon of Light or Another Stumble in Global Governance?

Sustainable Development Goals: A Beacon of Light or Another Stumble in Global Governance?

The United Nation’s new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted yesterday by the world’s leaders in a highly anticipated Summit in New York. At the end of the year, the...
Recent Developments in the UN Human Rights Council: Traditional Values and Women’s Right to Equality in the Family

Recent Developments in the UN Human Rights Council: Traditional Values and Women’s Right to Equality in the Family

In recent years at the United Nation’s Human Right’s Council (UNHRC) an ideological challenge has been directed against the universality of international human rights by a strong religious lobby. Religions...
Access to Justice: A Facet of Gender Equality

Access to Justice: A Facet of Gender Equality

In its last session, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW Committee) released its thirty-third General Recommendation on women’s access to justice. This blog has detailed the...
Enforcing a ‘Universal’ Declaration: UN Efforts to hold Non-State Actors Accountable for Human Rights

Enforcing a ‘Universal’ Declaration: UN Efforts to hold Non-State Actors Accountable for Human Rights

The UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 as an expression of universally binding human rights, applicable to “all members of the human family”. Whilst...
The Death Penalty for Foreign Nationals and Migrant Workers

The Death Penalty for Foreign Nationals and Migrant Workers

On 16th and 17th June, 2015, a group of experts met in Geneva to address the issue of foreign nationals, including migrant workers, facing the death penalty abroad. The meeting...

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