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By: Ella Scheepers & Ishtar Lakhani & Kasey Armstrong
Community Action Networks in South Africa bring residents from varied backgrounds into collective action to find solutions to COVID-related issues.
By: Hassan Sesay & Daniel Sesay
Legal empowerment helps locals to understand and claim their rights, resulting in a legal victory for communities in Sierra Leone against exploitative corporations.
By: Wangũi wa Kamonji
One women’s group in Uganda is showing that solidarity, community and the determination to sustain generative ways of life can be unstoppable, even in the face ...
In the face of growing climate change, indigenous women in Kenya are remembering and reinstating their native agricultural practices, to build resilience and reclaim ...
By: Armel Niyongere
Treaty bodies showed their ability to take the right measures in situations of crisis like in Burundi. A coordination with the high-level bodies of the United Nations, ...
By: Katharine G. Young
Constitutional entrenchment is only part of the battle for recognition of economic and social rights, as many South African cases have made clear.
By: Sarah Yookyung Kim
When much broader communities can harness intellectual property rights, these shifts can contribute to reducing inequality and improving the standard of life for ...
By: Ishtar Lakhani
Humour is one of the most effective tools in our activist arsenal, because it has the ability to bring people together from a space of shared connection rather ...
By: Jason Brickhill
The courts have done much in South Africa to advance human rights and promote equality, but in what remains a grossly unequal society they can only do so much.
By: Salieu Taal
A movement that started as a simple hashtag, declaring that #GambiaHasDecided, is bringing a fresh wave of optimism and hope to political turmoil in the Gambia.
By: Jackie Dugard
Some argue human rights are insufficient to tackle inequality but overlook the emancipatory power of rights—to create the space to mobilize for change, a dynamic ...
By: Suzanne Kidenda & Katy Johnson
A simple app, developed in close co-operation with clinicians, police and other end-users, is making it easier to effectively document and prosecute sexual assault ...
By: Sunit Bagree
The UK and EU are ignoring Swaziland’s threats to human rights and civic space, refusing to hold the monarchy to account.
By: Caroline Kiarie-Kimondo
Mismanagement of timber resources and illegal logging are exacerbating South Sudan’s conflict and destroying the environment, and women are the most severely affected.
By: Collins Liko
Cartels in Kenya are controlling public resources and access to information, but community mobilization is starting to change this power dynamic.
By: Karen Naimer
DNA technology in sexual violence cases can strengthen investigations and prosecutions, but training on how to collect and preserve evidence is equally important ...
By: Kristi Heather Kenyon
Local HIV activists are expanding human rights discourse into health advocacy, largely due to belief in the empowering impact of rights language, not expectations ...
By: David Kode
Governments from Uganda to Poland are silencing activists and organizations that criticize them—what can these NGOs do to fight back?
By: Kristi Heather Kenyon
Do we achieve human rights by enacting UN-sanctioned treaties at the legislative level, or at the grassroots level? The history and culture of each country may ...
By: John Mwebe & Preksha Kumar
Several investment banks recently withdrew from a project in Malawi due to community-led activism and research on the inherent risks of the proposed plan.
By: Audrey Gaughran
Legal reform is needed to ensure that victims of human rights abuses have access to the relevant information they need to challenge corporations.
By: James A. Goldston
In Kenya, Guatemala and Brazil, courts have defied presidents and shaken up politics—is court-centric advocacy one of the few remaining avenues to legitimately ...
By: Geoff Dancy
Anti-ICC narratives resonate with a crucial minority of Kenyan citizens, but not with victims of political violence.
By: Victoria Ohaeri
Linking online campaigns to offline action has become critical in challenging closing spaces in Nigeria.
By: Amandine Rushenguziminega
A new levy in the African Union could lead to more financial independence—but who is funding human rights?
By: Zelalem Kibret
When in the field, human rights workers must be better prepared for trauma in order to heal from it.
By: Douglas Mathew Mawadri
Human rights advocates in Africa face significant challenges in getting past mental health stigmas in order to get help.
By: Ayodele Akenroye
African governments are withdrawing from the ICC with valid criticisms—but what can be done to make the Court less imbalanced?
By: Stuart Wilson
Human rights values and rule of law are lost on authoritarians, but the need to clothe their action in forms of law is not.
By: Joe Westby
A UK judgement on Shell’s operations in Nigeria yet again shows the need to prevent powerful multinationals hiding behind their subsidiaries to dodge accountability ...
By: Chris Dolan
Are presidents who seek to withdraw from the ICC in denial about a rare instance of achieved gender equality?
By: Sarah Kihika Kasande & Virginie Ladisch
Dominic Ongwen faces trial at the ICC for crimes of which he was also a victim—forcing us to reevaluate dichotomies of guilt and innocence.
By: Reed Brody
To survive the current crisis, the ICC must recruit its most persuasive allies—the victims of atrocity crimes themselves.
By: Joachim J. Savelsberg
When NGOs alter their narratives of mass violence depending on the cultural characteristics of each country, which version dominates?
By: James A. Goldston
Three African states have pulled out of the ICC with other departures in the works, putting ICC legitimacy in crisis.
By: Majak D’Agoôt & Remember Miamingi
The crisis in South Sudan is a result of its current leadership – the country wasn’t doomed to fail – and its people welcome celebrities like George Clooney who ...
By: Rita Abrahamsen
Celebrity activism risks reducing complex political issues to simple morality tales, leading to emotional politics and irresponsible interventions.
By: Paul Seils & Myriam Raymond-Jetté
A DRC warlord convicted by the ICC will now also face prosecution by national courts in the DRC—an enormously welcome step.
By: Valerie Arnould
When measuring ICC success, we need to examine the local impact and not just the international effects.
By: Charles Kojo Vandyck & Maame Darkwaa Twum Barima
Increasing threats to citizens’ freedoms will derail the sustainable development goals.
By: David Kuria Mbote
Closing space for African sexual and gender minority groups is about far more than advocacy—it is about accessing critical services that no one else provides.
By: Yvonne M. Dutton & Tessa Alleblas
Although recent empirical work suggests that the International Criminal Court (ICC) has a deterrent effect, Kenya’s experience requires a deeper look.
By: Jamillah Mwanjisi
A new African treaty promises to protect the human rights of the elderly.
By: Julian Brown
South Africans’ right to protest exists on paper, but authorities have effectively suppressed dissent by making it too dangerous.
By: Ezra Mbogori
What started as a “one time” reform exercise has turned into a long-term battle for Kenyan civil society.
By: Iva Dobichina & Poonam Joshi
Silencing activists in the name of security can stifle actors most likely to challenge extremist ideologies, making insecurity worse.
By: Roni Amit & Loren B. Landau
The best refugee legislation in the world will have little effect when those seeking protection are characterized as security risks.
By: Hyeran Jo & Beth A. Simmons
Systematic assessments reveal that the ICC can deter intentional civilian killing, but only under the right conditions.
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