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CEDAW Issues a Historic Ruling in a Gender Violence Case

CEDAW Issues a Historic Ruling in a Gender Violence Case

In its recent ruling on the case of Ángela González, a Spanish gender violence survivor who fought for years to protect herself and her daughter Andrea, the CEDAW Committee found...
Charting the Future of Development:  A Tale of Two Agendas

Charting the Future of Development: A Tale of Two Agendas

Editor’s note: this post is the winning entry for the OxHRH Summer Short Essay Competition 2014.   For its sheer scale, poverty is the greatest systemic human rights violation of...
The Sustainable Development Goals: a new vision of development?

The Sustainable Development Goals: a new vision of development?

On 19 July, after eighteen months of fraught negotiation, a UN Open Working Group of seventy governments adopted a proposal for seventeen goals to ensure a sustainable future—economically, socially, and...
UN sanctions: possible changes?

UN sanctions: possible changes?

In the last 20 years, the UN Security Council has adopted numerous sanctions not involving the use of armed force. Originally, these sanctions only targeted States and aimed to prevent...
Why Should Anyone Care About The UN? The UN Forum 2014

Why Should Anyone Care About The UN? The UN Forum 2014

The UN Forum 2014, orchestrated by the United Nations Association-UK on 28 June, was the largest public event on the United Nations in recent decades. UN representatives explained to the...
Male Rape in Armed Conflicts: Why We Should Talk About It

Male Rape in Armed Conflicts: Why We Should Talk About It

Sexual violence represents one of the most serious forms of violation of an individual’s human rights. Although statistics for sexual violence against women are significantly higher than for men, it...
Breaking the Cycle of Gender Inequality

Breaking the Cycle of Gender Inequality

Editor’s note: this post follows from yesterday’s post, by Frances Raday, UN Rapporteur-Chair, on the 2014 Working Group report.   The UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Discrimination Against...
Thematic Report – economic and social life with a focus on economic crisis

Thematic Report – economic and social life with a focus on economic crisis

Editor’s note: The UN Human Rights Council Working Group on Discrimination against Women in Law and in Practice presented a thematic report on women’s economic and social life with a...
The Business of Traffic in Humans

The Business of Traffic in Humans

Human trafficking is a complex phenomenon touching upon different legal and policy frameworks. Being first and foremost a very serious crime, its relationship with human rights law is not as...
Children Gain Access to International Justice

Children Gain Access to International Justice

This week marks a major breakthrough in international justice for children. It is a turning point in a deeply personal battle of justice for children that I have fought for...
United Nations Human Rights Council: Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

United Nations Human Rights Council: Commission of Inquiry into Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

On 26 March 2014 the United Nations Human Rights Council (“HRC”) passed a Resolution ‘condemning in the strongest terms’ the continuing violation of human rights and calling for the referral...
Dignifying the most vulnerable ‘in’ and ‘through’ Security Council Resolution 2139

Dignifying the most vulnerable ‘in’ and ‘through’ Security Council Resolution 2139

Conflict — perhaps like no other happening — illuminates our shared vulnerability to hurt and harm of unimaginable form and depth. The legal protection of rights was born of such...

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