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Litigating the Climate Emergency
By: Hasminah Dimaporo Paudac
In climate litigation in the Philippines against 47 large corporations, a Greenpeace legal team showed that big polluters can be held morally and legally responsible ...
By: Dominique Virgil
Prioritizing the launch of Indonesia’s pre-employment card compromises the distribution of existing social assistance programs that could directly help those in ...
By: Sophie Marjanac & Sam Hunter Jones
Courts can adjudicate the effectiveness of emissions reduction policies in protecting fundamental rights without encroaching on the powers of the political branches ...
By: Arpitha Kodiveri
As India surges forward with an aggressive development agenda, the judiciary’s involvement in climate change litigation is viewed by many as an obstacle to speedy ...
By: Saul Takahashi
COVID-19 may prove to be just the game changer that Japan’s prime minister needs to push through his agenda for revising the Constitution.
By: Shreya Sen
Workers in India’s tea plantations have pre-existing health and environmental conditions that make them highly vulnerable to COVID-19, making a return to “normal” ...
By: Ashley Bowe & Joshua Cooper
Samoa held a ground-breaking treaty body session on child rights, evidencing the benefits of extending these sessions beyond Geneva.
By: Urmila Pullat & Roohi Huma
The recent behaviour of police in India begs the question: is a punitive approach to a public health crisis necessary and warranted?
By: Shawn Shih-hung Shieh
As foreign funding dries up, Chinese CSOs have quickly adapted and reinvented themselves to mobilize local funding.
By: Christopher W. Bishop
China’s apparent success in tackling COVID-19 will bolster its authoritarian political system—and its restrictive approach to human rights.
By: Erin Thomas
Na Vosa Vakaviti
To advance equity for girls and to improve faith in the justice system, combatting biases that privilege the interests of perpetrators of gender-based violence ...
Demonstrators across India protested a new Act that prohibits certain religions from citizenship while fast-tracking others.
By: Deborah Casalin
For the first time, a UN body has decided the case of a climate migrant, and in doing so strengthened the duty on states to address climate change because it poses ...
By: Katrin Kinzelbach & Eva Pils
The Hong Kong protest movement has long given up hope that Hong Kong’s rule of law can be protected with judicial means only.
By: Brian Gorlick
The Rohingya refugees are unlikely to be able to return home anytime soon. We need to look at other options to allow them to rebuild their lives and communities.
By: Beatrice Tulagan
Declaring a climate emergency is not enough, but women activists in Asia are pushing for these declarations to send policy signals across every level of government.
By: Pradeep Baisakh
Social systems in India are crumbling, leading to starvation deaths despite a plethora of food security programs. What is going wrong?
By: Harsh Mander
With the world facing increasing division and hatred, the human rights community must face this lack of compassion with solidarity.
By: Fatima Iakupbaeva
Shifting to a business mindset is hard for non-profit organizations, but with limited opportunities for funding in Central Asia, it is a change worth making.
By: John Packer
The Myanmar state can and must be held accountable for the genocide being perpetrated against the Rohingya, a point lost in largely illusory efforts to pursue international ...
By: Tenzin Dolker
Now more than ever, feminist organizations need to deepen the search for autonomous resourcing models that work for our movements, on our own terms.
By: Jayna Kothari
In the last few years, public interest litigation at India’s Supreme Court has brought significant wins for human rights—but success is best assured when litigation ...
By: Jennifer Easterday & Hana Ivanhoe
In the absence of sufficient monitoring and ameliorative action on the part of the tech companies, fake news in Sri Lanka is provoking non-violent, law-abiding ...
By: Suhrith Parthasarathy
The Indian Supreme Court’s landmark decision to declare unconstitutional a colonial-era law criminalizing same-sex relations shows majoritarian prejudices must ...
By: Yanzi Peng
China’s engagement in UN human rights reviews provides real opportunities to advance protection for LGBT rights, although advocates in China face many obstacles.
By: Robert C. Blitt
Malaysia’s recent caning of a homosexual couple reflects a larger problem with the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s (OIC) continued support for discriminatory ...
By: Liam Mahony
Although UN human rights bodies have criticized the persecution of the Rohingya, UN agencies inside Myanmar have been far too deferential to the authorities.
By: Scott Leckie
Countries exposed to the worst impacts of climate change, like Myanmar, should consider establishing Climate Land Banks to meet the looming problem of massive climate ...
By: Pratima Gurung
Groups in Nepal working at the intersections of different issues such as indigenous women with disabilities, are largely invisible to funders—but cross-movement ...
By: Urantsooj Gombosuren & Marte Hellema
In the volatility in Asia's human rights situations, can rights defenders and organizations stay globally connected while remaining rooted in grassroots efforts?
By: Lorenzo Urbinati & Sejin Kim
Data on human rights violations in Asia proves the need to establish a network of protection mechanisms at the national, regional, and international level.
By: Elizabeth Shakman Hurd
To insist on the Rohingya status as a victimized religious minority while ignoring other factors cements their position as outsiders, fueling exclusionary forms ...
By: Hwei Mian Lim
Climate change takes a higher toll on women than on men. Women’s health and well-being, including their sexual and reproductive health and rights are all at stake.
By: Stephen Hopgood
The battle for human rights—as seen in the treatment of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar—may be losing ground as populist democracy becomes entrenched.
By: Julius Ibrani & Marte Hellema
Combined with growing fundamentalism and sectarianism, Indonesia once again is in dire need of a human rights movement for change.
By: Sadhana Shrestha
Fundraising should never just be about money—it must also be about raising awareness of human rights and social justice.
By: Michael Caster
Human rights defenders in China are increasingly using pre-recorded statements to control narratives to protect themselves against forced confessions.
By: Michael Caster
When approaching digital security for human rights defenders in hostile environments, we need to think more about practical behavior.
By: Navaz Kotwal
Indian human rights workers do not want to engage with the police, but to enact real change, both sides must work together.
By: Robert Edward Precht
The presence of Western universities in China is on the rise, but they are not following UN principles on corporate social responsibility.
By: Marte Hellema
As online spaces become increasingly restricted, human rights activists must stay aware of the risks and benefits of technological developments.
By: Kiran Grewal
Preventing torture goes beyond understanding individuals—it requires changing an entire system that allows for extreme violence.
By: Rachel Wahl
What is the best way for human rights activists to engage with perpetrators? There are ethical and strategic reasons to focus on accountability over understanding, ...
By: Zahir Janmohamed
Donald Trump’s win in the US and Narendra Modi’s in India two years ago are both about the majority claiming greater victimhood.
By: Hou Ping
In China, new laws make fundraising even harder, but the LGBTQ community is getting creative.
By: Qian Cheng
To make headway on human rights in China, advocates need to get creative by partnering with state-owned enterprises.
By: Richard J. Rogers
The ICC is now prioritizing crimes involving environmental destruction and land grabbing. How will this change economic development?
By: Jeong-Woo Koo
A recent political uproar in South Korea has exacerbated the public’s diminishing trust in government officials.
By: Henri Tiphagne & Marte Hellema
Protecting freedom of speech, assembly and association in Asia is the lynchpin to protecting all human rights.
By: Peter Jacob
The debate about whether a state should be religious or secular doesn’t always affect how a society treats religious minorities.
By: Saul Takahashi
Japan fails to protect refugees—but arguing it should do so because its aging society needs new immigrants hasn’t worked.
By: Mark Aspinwall
Civil society could have played a key role in the Trans-Pacific Partnership—why were they left out?
By: Mathew Jacob
Volunteers in India are banding together to form a network that protects human rights defenders.
By: Vijay Nagaraj
If the transitional justice process in Sri Lanka ignores the indignities of poverty and everyday precariousness, can we really call it “justice”?
By: Aakar Patel
Amnesty International’s India hub focuses most of its fundraising efforts on domestic contributions, facing challenges as diverse as the weather to brand recognition
By: Araddhya Mehtta
Taking lessons from history’s best dissenters, civil society is finding new ways to make cracks in shrinking spaces.
By: Ruki Fernando
Local and international activists have been crucial in getting a UN response in Sri Lanka.
By: Ahilan Kadirgamar & Swasthika Arulingam
As Sri Lanka moves on a new constitution and transitional justice process, it must prioritize local concerns of deepening economic inequalities over an international ...
By: Niran Anketell
Taking decisive steps towards accountability will be critical to reconciliation in Sri Lanka before frustrations rise again.
By: James A. Goldston
The trials in a special, internationally-backed Court in Cambodia of Khmer Rouge leaders offer important lessons to those pursuing accountability for crimes against ...
By: Ram Manikkalingam
Prioritising the punishment of war criminals in Sri Lanka over other measures to achieve reconciliation risks re-empowering the extremists and undermining the government’s ...
By: Haris Azhar
The ASEAN Economic Community should insert human rights rules into its implementation plan before integrating the vast Southeast Asian market.
By: Linda To
To get funding amidst intense non-profit competition in Hong Kong, human rights groups must get creative.
By: Bolor Legjeem
Despite an economic crisis, some Mongolian companies still respond to carefully constructed funding requests.
By: Kathy Frankovic
Many activists in Myanmar (Burma) are very skeptical of public opinion polling. But these polls are a key starting point for a larger conversation on democracy.
By: Seema Guha
Can NGOs and India’s political opposition stop Modi’s civil society clampdown?
By: Jeong-Woo Koo
External, “objective” measures of South Korea’s human rights progress will only take us so far. What we need now are the opinions of the people.
By: Mubin S. Khan
Bangladeshi activists work around religious elements, sometimes even collaborating with them. The rise of religious groups, however, is becoming both a challenge ...
By: Ahilan Kadirgamar & Mahendran Thiruvarangan
The promised report of a UN investigation into war crimes in Sri Lanka will achieve little unless accompanied by real introspection by both Tamil and Sinhala communities.
By: Ram Mashru
Focusing on the practicalities of internationalization neglects a vital and thorny question: is going global really in the interests of all rights groups?
Amidst tighter donor budgets for human rights, NGOs in Bangladesh are also grappling with increasingly intrusive governments.
By: Kate Cronin-Furman
In countries like Sri Lanka – not party to the ICC – international pressure plays an important role in keeping a focus on the issue of accountability for mass atrocities.
By: Anne Meike Fetcher
Is “Do-It-Yourself-Aid” the answer to funding rights work? Anne-Meike Fechter describes this model, its funding and related implications
By: Adriano Campolina
NGO internationalization is now trendy, but ActionAid realized long ago that giving up power doesn’t mean having less power.
By: Prafu Bidwai
India’s new Modi government trains its guns on environmental activists.
By: Siddharth Peter De Souza
Religion is not only about belief but also about its capacity for human well-being. Therefore, human rights should be at the core of an individual’s right to evaluate ...
By: Ahmad Sueady
Indonesia’s rising religious intolerance stems from a political pact struck between former president Bambang Yudhoyono and the country’s least tolerant Muslim groups. ...
By: Seema Guha
In India, Hindu religious leaders are reluctant to campaign loudly against the collection of raw sewage by oppressed communities, and this is slowing progress in ...
By: Phelim Kine
Although Indonesia has long been seen as a religiously moderate country, Sunni Muslim militants are attacking minority religious communities across the country. ...
By: Usha Ramanathan
Though India refuses to join the ICC, the Rome Statute has proved very useful in pushing for law reform that would put an end to decades of impunity for state complicity ...
By: Nicola Desouza
Nepal is the most open country in South Asia for LGBT rights, but even here, patriarchal biases exclude women and transgenders. Can foreign funding change this?
By: Medha Patkar
The Indian state aggressively promotes foreign investment in all sectors but civil society.
By: Lenin Raghuvanshi
NGOs working with untouchables and bonded labour face hostility from upper castes. For these groups, it’s nearly impossible to raise local funds. Without foreign ...
By: Parsa Venkateshwar Rao Jr
For human rights to find resonance in the global South, we must connect them to the existing beliefs of the people by engaging religious leaders. Without this cultural ...
By: Fr. Cedric Prakash Sj
Hinduism preaches tolerance, the Indian Constitution enshrines plurality. So why has divisive political communalism become acceptable, even electable, when disguised ...
By: Wai Yan Phone
Myanmar is taking significant strides towards political and economic liberalization after decades of military dictatorship, yet a series of violent attacks against ...
By: Arvind Sharma
Contrary to popular perception, Hindu philosophies of moral agency, duty and universal truth cohabit with human rights values.
By: Ajaz Ashraf
Donations by ordinary citizens to India’s newest political party, the AAP, prove that Indians can and will donate to important causes. Indian rights groups can ...
By: Rachel Wahl
If international funding compromises the work of domestic human rights groups, what should international donors do? It is admirable for local groups to refuse international ...
By: V. Suresh
Dependence on institutional funding has depoliticized, monetized and corrupted much of the human rights work in India. While state-control of human rights funds ...
By: Rita Jalali
To fight the chilling effect created by new laws on foreign funding, Indian human rights NGOs need to develop support for funding among citizens. Though difficult, ...
By: G. Ananthapadmanabhan
The Indian government uses the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act to block global support to NGOs that question the state. The FCRA must go, but meanwhile, civil ...
By: William Nee
Even as China grows in wealth, it has yet to fully develop a culture of philanthropy – one that is free and clear of government influence and able to effect real ...
By: Ravi Nair
One of the country’s most informed human rights experts explains how India blocks foreign funding for rights work it doesn’t like. Philanthropists avoid supporting ...
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