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Litigating the Climate Emergency
By: Amanda Borquaye
Under the COVID-19 pandemic, governments and consumers have the opportunity to rethink how we look at the human costs that sustain our grocery shopping.
By: Michelle Jonker-Argueta
Closing the impunity gap on climate change includes making fossil fuel suppliers accountable for their emissions.
By: Aintzane Márquez Tejón & Hannah Wilson
Spain is paying little heed to the rights of seasonal workers during the pandemic as long as labour needs are met, and the food supply is maintained—what will spur ...
By: Victoria Adelmant & Philip Alston & Matthew Blainey
Public support in Ireland for taking action against climate change is high, but the government has not adequately mitigated its impact—a recent Supreme Court case ...
By: Ali Yildiz
A new early parole bill in Turkey had the potential to improve the country’s human rights track record—but instead, it leaves political prisoners even worse off.
By: Dennis van Berkel
Are courts able to determine that a government’s climate change policy is insufficient and order governments to do more?
By: Christa Blackmon
With millions of the world’s students now facing extended learning at home, the required access to the internet—and to the right devices—is exposing drastic inequalities.
By: Imogen Richmond-Bishop & Sara Bailey
The global pandemic—following ten years of draconian austerity measures in the UK—has created a perfect storm of human rights violations against already marginalized ...
By: Anne Hellum & Kristin Bergtora Sandvik & Tatanya Valland & Marta BIvand Erdal
As European nations struggle to provide COVID-19 information to immigrant and minority populations, Norway illustrates a grounded and inclusive approach.
By: Dimitrina Petrova
A new initiative in Bulgaria aims to reinvigorate support for democratic values and human rights by directly engaging citizens in a bottom-up process of deliberative ...
By: Vanja Skoric
To address the rights implications of AI, legal and human rights professionals must develop broader knowledge-building networks and increase collaboration across ...
By: Christiaan van Veen
A landmark judgement in the Netherlands shows how technology used by governments to stop welfare fraud and improve “efficiency” may be leading to unjustified exclusion, ...
By: Daniela Ikawa
To identify a contemporary authoritarian regime, we can start by asking what Hungary and Brazil have in common.
By: Koldo Casla & Kath Dalmeny
Some people believe that there is a lot of skepticism towards international human rights in England, but experiences of localization of rights are making a difference ...
By: Małgorzata Szuleka
The democratic community in Poland is under threat, but activists and judges who use the constitution to push back against the government and fight for human rights ...
By: Tatiana Tolsteneva
Russia’s non-profit sector has been playing a constant game of catch-up—can new media technologies break this pattern and appeal to younger audiences?
By: Jackie Smith & Joshua Cooper
Declining economic conditions in cities and communities around the world have inspired more people to organize locally to defend and promote our “right to the city.”
By: Quincy Cloet
While many Ukranians place their hopes in the ICC to end impunity, improving the local judiciary could be a more effective development.
By: Koldo Casla
If Putin was right, and liberalism is dead, what would be the future of human rights in global politics?
By: Alison Berthet
It’s clear that regulation of AI must start now, but why do emerging frameworks primarily talk about ethics rather than law and human rights?
By: Ise Bosch & Claudia Bollwinkel
Philanthropy can repeat oppressive patterns, or it can transform donor-recipient relations by giving decision-making power and trust along with money.
By: Rostislav Valvoda
NGOs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia have shown resilience under pressure by inventing new ways to generate funds, including hybrid for-profit and non-profit ...
By: Adrian Coman
A landmark case on same-sex marriage in Romania could expand the possibilities for LGBT rights in the region.
By: Almut Rochowanski
Many NGOs in the North Caucasus have survived the panic of Russia’s “foreign agent” law, but not all activists raised in the comfort zone of grant-funded NGOs can ...
By: Koldo Casla
Traveller communities in Ireland are using international human rights law to monitor their housing conditions and to demand action from the local council. And they ...
By: Leyla-Denisa Obreja
The European Court of Human Rights is supposed to help victims of rights violations seek justice, but procedural hurdles are preventing access for those that need ...
After years of coverage about how the “foreign agent law” would spell the end of freedom of association in Russia, parallel universes of Russian civil society are ...
By: Stefania Kapronczay & Anna Kertész
Dropping defensive tactics and reframing human rights in a relatable way are both key to responding to stigmatizing backlash in Hungary and connecting to new audiences.
By: Dimitrina Petrova
Human rights NGOs in Central and Eastern Europe are facing increased hostility from governments and declining legitimacy in public opinion, while social service ...
By: PeiYao Chen & Natalia Karbowska
A new measurement tool helps social movement actors identify where they are progressing and where they can improve—but what comes after the assessment is the most ...
By: Nadejda Dermendjieva & Gergana Kutseva
In Bulgaria, women’s rights, feminism, and LGBTQ rights are inflammatory topics, and one women’s fund is fighting back with controversial campaigns.
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: Katharina Rall
As attacks on environmental rights defenders escalate, the stakes are high for the upcoming climate change talks in Germany.
By: Sergei Golubok
The whole European system of human rights protection is powerless when confronted with bad faith, and this represents its existential threat.
By: Laura A. Henry
When indigenous rights are not observed, communities that shift their demands from the state to the corporation may trade in one form of power imbalance for another.
Thousands of people are being evicted in Spain due to austerity measures, and women are disproportionately affected by structural inequality.
By: Kristi Pinderi
For many, activism can be healthy and healing.
By: Ana Bracic
A video game experiment in Slovenia reveals discriminatory practices against the Roma—what else might experiments teach us about human rights?
By: Grigory Okhotin
With heightened restrictions on foreign funding, reporting on the Russian government’s repression requires creative social media projects.
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: Laura Piazza
There is no “one-size-fits-all” approach to campaigning for today’s LGBTI activists, but providing support on short notice allows organisations to be reactive and ...
By: Péter Krekó
Hungary is using Russia’s playbook to close down civil society space, and many Western allies are hardly even noticing.
By: David Barrett
Inequality may be compatible with human rights, but not if it violates the right to non-discrimination.
By: Phil Bloomer
The economy we have built isn’t the economy that delivers shared prosperity and shared security for the majority. The business and human rights movement has a fundamental ...
By: Jamie Burton & Alice Donald & Koldo Casla
UK governments have claimed austerity measures are necessary while ignoring the disproportionate adverse effects on marginalized groups.
By: Marko Ivkovic
Using polling data, the National Democratic Institute is helping LGBTI groups in southeastern Europe build their activist base.
By: Stephen Hopgood
Given the toxic politics of Farage, Johnson, Le Pen and Trump, will human rights be enough to resist right-wing nationalism in the wake of Brexit?
By: Benjamin Ward
It is in uncertain times—like the aftermath of the Brexit vote—that we need human rights the most.
By: Claudia Bollwinkel
Activists are using a multi-van in Germany to help female refugees cope with violence and harassment.
By: John Torpey
The refugee protection regime works if it remains limited to those genuinely fleeing persecution — though the Syrian crisis proves again that ways must also be ...
By: Jenny Hodgson
As local rights groups seek alternative funding sources, the closing space for civil society makes this even more imperative.
By: Orysia Lutsevych
“Partly free” countries in the post-Soviet space must fight even harder now to protect growing civil societies.
By: Upendra Baxi
Protecting the rights of refugees and migrants requires a response based in hospitality not hostility.
By: Zoe Gudovic
Becoming agents of change for women’s rights in Serbian society requires creativity in building connections and solidarity.
By: Theodore P. Gerber
Despite Putin’s clampdown on Russian civil society, public opinion trends point to growing support for civil liberties.
By: Neil Crowther
Effective counter-framing is crucial to improve public opinion on human rights.
By: Rachel Krys
Amidst widespread negative views on human rights in the UK, public opinion research can help improve outreach strategies.
By: Kathy Frankovic
When political polls go wrong, many people start to doubt polling entirely. But that’s a costly mistake.
By: Tanya Lokshina
Despite a hostile climate and many different challenges, the collaborations of Human Rights Watch with local Russian organizations continue to be the key for making ...
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