Human Rights

28.07.2020

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 30 July

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons 30 July

This year, we will focus on the first responders to human trafficking. These are the people who work in different sectors – identifying, supporting, counselling and seeking justice for victims of trafficking, and challenging the impunity of the traffickers. During the COVID-19 crisis, the essential role of first responders has… »

27.07.2020

Water as a public good for all

Water as a public good for all

On July 28 this year we “celebrate” the 10th anniversary of the UN resolution which recognizes the human (universal, indivisible and imprescriptible) right to drinking water and hygiene. Unfortunately, the situation is such that this decade has passed as if the decision approved by the highest political organization of the… »

27.07.2020

Colombia begins campaign for social leaders’ lives

Colombia begins campaign for social leaders’ lives

The campaign ‘Silence is no longer an option’ began on Sunday in Colombia with the objective to defend the lives of social leaders and signatories of the Peace Accord. Promoted by the Defend Peace movement, the crusade seeks to renew the commitment to life in this nation where the murders… »

26.07.2020

South Africa after Mandela: between Covid-19 and inequality

South Africa after Mandela: between Covid-19 and inequality

Under lockdown, electricity rationing, a curfew from 9 pm to 4 am and a ban on alcohol sales: this is how South Africa celebrated Mandela Day 2020 (18th July), the day that marks the birth of the man who freed the country. A day devoted to doing 67 minutes of… »

25.07.2020

Marking 75 Years of the Charter of the United Nations

Marking 75 Years of the Charter of the United Nations

The Charter of the United Nations has been a constant presence in my life. My awareness of it started with the usual brief introduction to the basics of the United Nations as an organization that many young people receive in school. Later, as my political awareness took shape against the… »

25.07.2020

What Can Safety Without Police Look Like? Some Successful Programs Already Exist

What Can Safety Without Police Look Like? Some Successful Programs Already Exist

By April M. Short This is a moment of contention and restructuring in America. Mass public outcry is exposing the long-buried, problematic foundations of a nation built on human trafficking, commodification and enslavement of people from Africa, and on the genocide and attempted erasure of Indigenous societies. Protesters across the… »

24.07.2020

Unaccompanied Migrant Children Sleeping Outside in Paris

Unaccompanied Migrant Children Sleeping Outside in Paris

Authorities Should Urgently Protect Them, Give Them Shelter Since June 30, unaccompanied migrant children have been camping in central Paris, stuck in limbo while a judge decides on their fate. Aid organizations, including Médecins Sans Frontières and Utopia 56, set up a tent camp in a Paris park to shelter about… »

23.07.2020

Black Lives Matter forces an IBM U-turn on facial recognition

Black Lives Matter forces an IBM U-turn on facial recognition

A system which worsens discrimination. In the midst of the recent Black Lives Matter protests, which raised questions about policing and racism in the United States and elsewhere, technology company IBM announced its withdrawal from the general-purpose facial recognition market. Could this be a turning point in the use of such technologies—fraught… »

23.07.2020

Peace Deal in Colombia: A Pending Task

Peace Deal in Colombia: A Pending Task

By Zenaida Espinosa and Jorge Escobar Banderas Almost four years have passed since the peace deal signed between the Colombian government and FARC former guerrillas. In the meantime many changes have been fostered, although there are still many debts unpaid, as only 25% of the improvements have been carried out. »

22.07.2020

Militarized lockdowns and a predatory quarantine — the unique story of Uganda’s pandemic response

Militarized lockdowns and a predatory quarantine — the unique story of Uganda’s pandemic response

Uganda’s COVID-19 experience underscores the seemingly universal opportunism of authoritarians amidst crisis, as well as opportunities for resistance. Phil Wilmot Eight young Ugandan men swarmed the streets of a bustling-yet-militarized Kampala. They were banging empty saucepans to demand food, which the government had promised… »

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