Human Rights

19.10.2020

Goodbye Moon

Goodbye Moon

Fly me to the moon, but don’t put reactors there By Linda Pentz Gunter Not content to desecrate our terrestrial landscape with hundreds of thousands of tons of nuclear waste — much piled up with nowhere to go, the rest released to contaminate our air, water and soil… »

18.10.2020

COVID-19 People’s lives have been sacrificed to the economic interests of the dominant powers

COVID-19 People’s lives have been sacrificed to the economic interests of the dominant powers

They have once again failed to give priority to human beings, to life, over the economic interests of the “lords of the world” who, over the last 50 years, have done nothing but steal and destroy life on Earth. Friday evening, 16 October, members of the… »

22.09.2020

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week

Trending rights tweets this week: Five years since Angela Merkel admitted one million refugees to Germany, they have largely been a success story; violent protests erupt in Colombia after a man dies in police custody; a devastating fire breaks out in the refugee hotspot on Lesbos island, Greece; and children power… »

08.09.2020

Why should Universal Basic Income be regarded as a human right?

Why should Universal Basic Income be regarded as a human right?

Because it would provide something vital: the people’s survival.  And, it would have huge physical and psychological effects, individually as well as collectively. This extract is from the first part of the author’s contribution to the virtual event called “Universal and Unconditional Basic Income, an unresolved right”, organized by the… »

24.08.2020

Libya: Bachelet Appoints Independent Fact-Finding Mission Experts

Libya: Bachelet Appoints Independent Fact-Finding Mission Experts

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said the deteriorating security situation in Libya and the absence of a functioning judicial system underscored the importance of the work of a team of independent experts to document human rights violations and abuses. The High Commissioner today announced the appointment of… »

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. »

26.05.2020

Dignidad in La Pampa Daily Life in Northern Chile in Times of Pandemia

Dignidad in La Pampa Daily Life in Northern Chile in Times of Pandemia

By Maxine Lowy* The aroma of firewood envelops La Pampa, as it has, on occasions, a thousand years. After ascending with harvests from the sea to barter with inland peoples, the Changos lit fires to smoke fish and dry sea lion skins. Climbing up the narrow path… »

10.05.2020

The refugee who gave hope to other victims

The Hungarian Helsinki Committee made a movie about the Russian asylum-seeker, Alexei Torubarov. His eventful and touching story illustrates how unfairly refugees are demonized. The case of our client persecuted for his political views had to be brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union to … »

30.04.2020

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

“In an age of sometimes false, and often too much information, it is difficult for human rights organizations to decide how much time to devote to which of our world’s manifold problems,” writes Wolfgang Kaleck, ECCHR’s general secretary, in our 2019 Annual Report. Climate change and related environmental destruction… »

08.04.2020

COVID-19: The Wrath of the gods?

COVID-19: The Wrath of the gods?

Mythological stories are rich with narratives referring to the grave sins of man, heaping down the wrath of the gods upon them in the form of floods, plague, fire and famine. Sometimes these crimes were perpetrated against the natural order of the world and other times against the divine authority… »

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