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The Challenge of Human Security

The Challenge of Human Security

By John Bond OAM In September 2012 the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on Human Security, which it describes as ‘an approach to assist Member States in addressing widespread...
Fight hunger and discrimination by empowering women – Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Fight hunger and discrimination by empowering women – Olivier De Schutter, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food

In rural areas around the world it is often men who migrate first to cities in search of waged labour. When they do so, it falls to women to sustain...
CSW57, MGDs and Gendered Poverty

CSW57, MGDs and Gendered Poverty

One of the themes the delegates at CSW57 will be confronting over the next two weeks are the challenge of de facto achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for...
Development and Conflict

Development and Conflict

One does not need to look for long for examples of conflict impacting on development. Take the case of Mali: a year ago, conflict in the north of the country...
57th Session of Commission on the Status of Women begins today: OxHRH CSW57 presents a special themed post series

57th Session of Commission on the Status of Women begins today: OxHRH CSW57 presents a special themed post series

The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) begins today. As delegates from around the world convene at the United Nations Headquarters between 4 to 15...
Protecting the Labour Rights and Human Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers – A Labour Regulation Approach

Protecting the Labour Rights and Human Rights of Migrant Domestic Workers – A Labour Regulation Approach

By Professor Judy Fudge – Women who cross national borders in order to work in the households of other peoples’ families are very vulnerable to exploitation.Their precarious work situation is...
The ‘War Against Terrorism’ and the Decade of Exceptionalism

The ‘War Against Terrorism’ and the Decade of Exceptionalism

Ben Emmerson QC, UN Special Rapporteur on Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights, spoke at the Wadham Human Rights Forum on Thursday February 7th 2013. One question lay at the heart of...
Justice and Security Bill: Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Justice and Security Bill: Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights

  This week the Joint Committee on Human Rights published its Report on the UK Justice and Security Bill. Hayley Hooper provides an overview of the Bill and the Report’s...
Decriminalizing Adultery: Eliminating Discrimination and Violence against Women

Decriminalizing Adultery: Eliminating Discrimination and Violence against Women

By Frances Raday The UN Working Group (WG) on discrimination against women in law and practice has issued a call to Governments to repeal laws criminalizing adultery. The WG notes...
We Should All Participate in Articulating the Post-2015 Development Agenda

We Should All Participate in Articulating the Post-2015 Development Agenda

The projected end date for the Millenium Development Goals is 2015. The UN Secretary General recently appointed a High Level Panel to advise him on creating a vision for a...
The UK’s Human Rights ‘Report Card’

The UK’s Human Rights ‘Report Card’

  The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) – the review of each UN member state’s human rights record – is a comparatively new process...
The UK's Human Rights 'Report Card'

The UK's Human Rights 'Report Card'

  The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) – the review of each UN member state’s human rights record – is a comparatively new process...

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