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Request for UN Inquiry into Italy’s role in the Torture of Migrants and Refugees Pulled-Back to Libya

Request for UN Inquiry into Italy’s role in the Torture of Migrants and Refugees Pulled-Back to Libya

Human rights violations of migrants and refugees intercepted in the Central Mediterranean, and detained in Libya, ...
Protecting Indigenous Communities in Cases of Climate-forced migration

Protecting Indigenous Communities in Cases of Climate-forced migration

On Indigenous People’s Day in 2018, the United Nations pushed for the protection of indigenous populations’ human ...
Women’s Right to Sexual and Reproductive Decision-Making: The UN Population Fund Report 2020

Women’s Right to Sexual and Reproductive Decision-Making: The UN Population Fund Report 2020

One of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to ‘Achieve ...
20 Years After Palermo Protocol: Towards a stronger East African regional anti-trafficking framework

20 Years After Palermo Protocol: Towards a stronger East African regional anti-trafficking framework

The year 2020 marks 20 years since the adoption of the year 2000 Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish ...
Sexual Violence and Genocide: The International Court of Justice’s ruling on Rohingya

Sexual Violence and Genocide: The International Court of Justice’s ruling on Rohingya

Since August 2017, at least 10,000 Rohingya – a Muslim minority group in Myanmar’s Rakhine state – have been ...
The Gambia v Myanmar: ICJ upholds the rights of Rohingyas

The Gambia v Myanmar: ICJ upholds the rights of Rohingyas

On January 23, the International Court of Justice announced the imposition of provisional measures against ...
CEDAW: The Every Woman Treaty that Already Exists

CEDAW: The Every Woman Treaty that Already Exists

There is an initiative for a new treaty focused on violence against women that calls itself the “Every Woman ...
Crimea Conscripts: Russia continues to flout the Geneva Conventions

Crimea Conscripts: Russia continues to flout the Geneva Conventions

The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, in its most recent Report on the Human Rights Situation ...
A Global Mandate to End Violence and Harassment in the World of Work: ILO Convention No. 190

A Global Mandate to End Violence and Harassment in the World of Work: ILO Convention No. 190

“For me, as for most women workers I know, this Convention and this Recommendation are personal… This Convention, ...
The CERD Committee on Discrimination Against Non-Citizens

The CERD Committee on Discrimination Against Non-Citizens

In a previous blog post I explained the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination’s ...
UN Political Bodies and Voluntary Abortion: Back to 1994

UN Political Bodies and Voluntary Abortion: Back to 1994

Calls for the protection of reproductive and sexual health are included in an increasing number of resolutions of ...
Any Act, Any Harm, To Anyone: The Transformative Potential of “Human Rights Impacts” Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ (2019) U of OxHRH J 120

Any Act, Any Harm, To Anyone: The Transformative Potential of “Human Rights Impacts” Under the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights’ (2019) U of OxHRH J 120

'Impacts' go far beyond 'violations' to cover any act that removes or reduces an individual's enjoyment of human rights.

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