Intl Human Rights

Rights Without Borders

Rights Without Borders

The tragedy of forced displacement violates the fundamental rights of those who must abandon their families, their homes and their jobs in order to survive. It is imperative that recipient countries have policies that guarantee the life, integrity and, family reunification of those who are victims of forced displacement. 

Access to ICTs: Is it just about giving “power to the people”?

Access to ICTs: Is it just about giving “power to the people”?

Citizens’ enfranchisement is not the only empowerment that will come alongside universalized access to information technology. Indeed, total connectivity will also empower data collectors. But as the digital divide has not yet been closed, there is still time to look for tools to cope with the informatics power that governments and Internet platforms will be able to acquire.

The Alien Tort Statute’s Stakes for Property

The Alien Tort Statute’s Stakes for Property

The United States Supreme Court’s decision in Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC will determine whether or not the ATS may be used in cases against corporations, carrying implications for actors working on corporate liability issues across the globe.

The Shrinking of Civic Spaces: What is Happening and What Can We Do?

The Shrinking of Civic Spaces: What is Happening and What Can We Do?

In addition to the threat of populism, human rights face another distinct, yet related phenomenon: the shrinking of civil society spaces around the world. This refers to a global pattern of repression against civil society organizations whereby governments utilize different methods to shrink the civic space, which is also what makes it so difficult to define and thus, combat. 

International order threatened

International order threatened

The first few months of the new US government have produced commotion in the world. The worst version of Trump’s campaign advertisements quickly became true through his executive orders, the selection of his administration, clashes with governments of other countries - including his outrageous position against Mexico - and its governance, which reproduces the bullying and lack of democratic decency that characterized his campaign.

Creating visual benchmarks for human rights practice

Creating visual benchmarks for human rights practice

The purpose of this entry is to share some simple ideas about how we can make better use of visual quantitative analyses, and thus strengthen the human rights agenda. The argument is simple, but important: when we create or use a graph, ultimately we are only making explicit or implicit comparisons.The trick is to know what the relevant comparisons are.

How to move forward in the Access to Information Movement

How to move forward in the Access to Information Movement

The Right of Access to Information Movement is a global civil society movement which campaigns for greater openness of the information, documents and databases held by the public bodies. It consists of civil society organizations, academics, lawyers, journalists, information commissioners and other activists working on access to information from a human rights perspective.

Trump and the Future of Human Rights

Trump and the Future of Human Rights

Donald Trump’s presidency creates serious risks and challenges for human rights globally, but this victory could have an unexpected positive effect: to push the human rights movement to carry out transformations in its architecture and changes in its strategy that were imperative even before Trump, and that are now urgent.

Illicit Drug Sales in the Deep Web: Safer Trading for Whom?

Illicit Drug Sales in the Deep Web: Safer Trading for Whom?

The creativity evidenced by drug traders and consumers reminds us that prohibition got it all wrong by making “a drug-free world” its main objective. Reducing the social costs of controlling and regulating drugs will need much more than an online marketplace, reserved for a privileged few, as well as abandoning the goal of a drug-free world.