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Malta Summit: A Landmark Agreement for Migration in Europe

Gone are the days of demagogy in Italy. No more unhealthy anti-migrant propaganda without the courage to find real solutions. No more live videos on Facebook, Twitter posts and interviews released at the seaside between a Mojito and the club. Politics is done in appropriate fora. Two weeks after stepping into power, the new Interior… … Read more →

30 years of statelessness in the former Soviet Union

Almost three decades have passed since the formal dissolution of the Soviet Union and the subsequent proclamation of independence by fifteen states. Soviet nationality ceased to exist and most former Soviet Republics adopted their own nationality laws yet the collapse of the USSR is one of the events in recent history that has resulted in… … Read more →

The world can’t wait, and neither will we- IOHR participates in the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference- Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

The United Nations Civil Society Conference is a prelude to the UN General Assembly held in New York in September each year. It is shaped as a conversation to bring together representatives of civil society from around the world with senior UN officials, to discuss the challenges of delivering the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by… … Read more →

Saudi Arabia’s new laws for women – a small step but still not enough

Earlier this week it was announced that the Saudi Arabian government passed new laws that afford women long overdue rights. Taking effect at the end of August, the new laws permit women over the age of twenty-one to apply for a passport and travel freely without male guardianship and permission. As well as this were… … Read more →

Brazil’s new president: A threat to the Amazon and its indigenous people

The Philippines may have replaced Brazil for the first time as the most dangerous country on earth for people who defend their land and environment but that does not make the Latin American country a paradise for indigenous people – quite the contrary. The tribes of Brazil’s Amazon rainforest fear they will be destroyed by… … Read more →

The Sudan Revolution is a Woman… and She’s Angry

It all started in December 2018 when thousands took to the streets of Khartoum in protest of Omar Al-Bashir’s oppressive, impoverishing and violent regime. What began as a demonstration against the rising costs of living had rapidly turned into a full-fledged revolution, through which the people were demanding the demise of Bashir’s dictatorship and the… … Read more →

Sudan: Social Media Movements that Documented the Carnage have Now Gone Quiet

A few weeks ago, social media was painted blue, with the word ‘Sudan’ appearing in every new hashtag. This was the result of news spreading across social media platforms of the large-scale violence against protestors in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum. This news dominated Twitter and Instagram as users all over the world sought to raise awareness… … Read more →

The UK Home Office is holding children’s rights to ransom

The “hostile environment”; a policy that has seamlessly lurched from one controversy to the other. The brainchild of Theresa May’s time in the Home Office likely needs little introduction, but the “hostile environment” is – essentially – the idea that we can drive immigration numbers down by making the United Kingdom a horrible place for… … Read more →

The Challenge of Disinformation before Elections

Ethiopia hosted the main celebration of 26th World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) in Addis Ababa. The celebration was special in that the host country is undergoing political change which included promotion of freedom of the press. Ethiopia, according to Reporters without Borders, ranked 110th in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index; however, it has improved… … Read more →

Explosion of the Silenced Questions in Ethiopia

Ethiopia is at a time when it has to pay the costs of past repression. Even though it is trying to reform politically, it is also facing the consequence of antagonising political relationship. A lot of positive political changes have happened since Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed was sworn in in 2018. Ethiopia has made peace… … Read more →

The New Era of Media in Ethiopia

The main celebration of World Press Freedom Day 2019 will take place in Ethiopia the 3rd of May. This is one of the biggest surprises for one who knows Ethiopia’s record in freedom of the press. What has motivated UNESCO to host the celebration in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia? Dead Ends of the Old Era According… … Read more →

Women of Cameroon Rise Above the Killing and Havoc

A widespread notion persists: that women, when compared with their male counterparts, are more naturally inclined towards peace. A woman is a full circle and within her is the power to create, nurture and transform. Over the years, there has been an increasing need for recognition of women’s efforts in conflict resolution by the international… … Read more →

#WhiteWednesdays Movement Fights for Women’s Rights in Iran

After the 1979 revolution in Iran, women have been forced to wear the hijab in public. Back then, more than 100,000 women and men took to the streets to protest against the law and opposition to it has never gone away. In 2018, 112 women were arrested in Iran for defending women’s rights, many for… … Read more →

Justice for Murdered Brazilian Human rights Defender Marielle Franco

Image Credit: Kiki Machado As a human rights defender and spokesperson for the favela, Marielle Franco was a thorn in the side of the powerful. As a poor, black, lesbian, single mother, she was an affront to Brazil’s evangelical right wing. In life, she was a powerful voice for the oppressed that many reactionaries were… … Read more →

Global Diplomatic Warning to Iran Over Its Horrific Human Rights Record

The resignation of Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on 26 February has seen a number of events highlighting Iran’s ongoing poor human rights record leading up to and after the resignation. In an interview with BBC’s Lyse Ducet, Zarif apologised for any “shortcomings” during his time in government and said: “Iran saw human rights… … Read more →

The Role of the Internet on Sex Trafficking

“The internet is changing the way that sex is sold, leading to fresh models of exploitation.” Gavin Shuker MP Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Prostitution and the Global Sex Trade. The internet and digital technology are fuelling a worldwide growth in human sex trafficking. According to the ILO, 4.8 million individuals worldwide are victims of… … Read more →

How many journalists are behind bars in Turkey?

Speaking to BBC’s Hardtalk on 17 December 2018, Prof. Gulnur Aybet, a senior advisor to the President of Turkey, Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, refuted Stephen Sackur’s question about Turkey being the worst jailer of journalists in the world, on the grounds that she has checked the numbers given by various organisations, including Amnesty International, and… … Read more →

Erdoğan’s Thugs Plot to Kill Turkish Journalist in Denmark

A plot to kill a critical Turkish journalist living in Denmark by a clandestine group tied to the Turkish government exposes the sheer hypocrisy of the autocratic regime of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has been driving a political campaign to exploit the outrageous murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul. Hasan Cücük,… … Read more →

Are the Tories trying to disregard the Human Rights Act, again?

Brexit is becoming a hatchet job by sawing and sewing different parts back together and then seeing what type of creature will emerge. Frankenstein’s monster might come to mind, however, in this instance it might not be fair to use Mary Shelley’s poor and misunderstood monster as an analogy to this process. Because as fearful… … Read more →

Stand by for Transmission: IOHR Launches first Human Rights TV channel

A packed Frontline Club, the mecca for journalists and activists alike, in central London on Tuesday night saw the International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) marking its one-year anniversary as well as its new partnership with netgem.tv. This joint venture will produce the very first human rights TV channel and launch human rights web-TV content on an interactive… … Read more →

Syrian Refugees May Freeze to Death

More than 11,000 children living in camps in northern Syria have been affected by torrential rains that have caused floods and washed away tents. Unusually severe winter weather and storms have brought chaos to camps in Syria’s Idlib province as well as to sites in Lebanon as they are left devastated. Aid workers warn there… … Read more →

Human Trafficking – The Industry of Stealing Freedom for Profit

Earlier this week, Cyntoia Brown was granted full clemency by the Governor of Tennessee and released after serving 15 years in prison for having shot and killed a man who bought her for sex in 2006. Cyntoia, now 30, was a child victim of sex trafficking which unfortunately is just one facet of a globalised… … Read more →

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