ESC Rights

The New Routinization of Inhumanity: Small Acts of Staggering Consequence

The New Routinization of Inhumanity: Small Acts of Staggering Consequence

Perhaps it’s time to state firmly, and insistently, that we see everyone who let themselves be swooped up in machines of inhumanity, and not just the masterminds. And perhaps it’s not too late to call out enough of the small bureaucrats and agents so that they, too, squirm, question and upend the pact of purposeful obtuseness that is required to carry on with systems of oppression designed to harm from a safe distance.

What do we mean by freedom of food choice?: The link between nutrition labeling and human rights

What do we mean by freedom of food choice?: The link between nutrition labeling and human rights

Smart nutrition labelling should aim to have direct effects on consumer choices, and encourage people to ask “Where does my food come from?” before buying it, to favor eating real, healthier and fresher food that truly to nourish them.

Will Candelaria go to school? Barriers to access education for Venezuelan migrant children 

Will Candelaria go to school? Barriers to access education for Venezuelan migrant children 

Although there are no exact figures on the magnitude of the Venezuelan exodus and much less on its demographic characteristics, studies estimate that during this year, about 15% of the population will have left the country. How is Colombia securing the rights to education of the boys and girls who have arrived?

Poverty, inequality, and discrimination in Latin America

Poverty, inequality, and discrimination in Latin America

When governments are seeking to reduce poverty based on discrimination and increase rights protection, policies must also aim to reduce discrimination due to historical factors. The latter has created the very own elements that facilitate the impoverishment of various social groups.  

Restricting junk food advertising: censorship or health protection?

Restricting junk food advertising: censorship or health protection?

It is time for Latin America to take on the challenge and decide whether commercial speech needs to be protected over children’s health or whether it can be restricted in order to prevent increasing children’s obesity rates. The recent decision by the Colombian Constitutional Court is a good step forward, but it is not enough. 

Children first?

Children first?

Our rulers and politicians have accustomed us to speeches where they say that boys and girls are at the center of their governments and policies, but the reality is different. That is why it is time to put children in the center of the state and not at the margin where they have always been.