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Why do emerging AI guidelines emphasize “ethics” over human rights?

July 10, 2019
By: Alison Berthet
Français

It’s clear that regulation of AI must start now, but why do emerging frameworks primarily talk about ...

UN human rights mechanisms proving effective SDGs monitor

July 4, 2019
By: Steven L. B. Jensen
Español | Français | العربية

The SDGs are mostly aligned with human rights objectives—to emphasize this, the UN human rights mechanisms ...

Giving with trust: how philanthropy can transform power relations

June 20, 2019
By: Ise Bosch & Claudia Bollwinkel
Español | Deutsch

Philanthropy can repeat oppressive patterns, or it can transform donor-recipient relations by giving ...

UN resolution acknowledges hidden victims of sexual violence in conflict—men and boys

June 19, 2019
By: Charu Lata Hogg
Español

In addressing conflict-related sexual violence, the UN Security Council has urged prevention, protection ...

Brain research suggests emphasizing human rights abuses may perpetuate them

June 18, 2019
By: Laura Ligouri
Español | Français | العربية

Capitalizing on the brain’s capacity to simulate events, messages of positive behavior – instead of ...

Bringing women’s voices into the “Smart City Just City” dialogue

June 13, 2019
By: Natalie Gill
Español

Can urban planners use the technology in “Smart Cities” to create cities that are more just—and safe—for ...

Competition rules could protect human rights on social media platforms

June 4, 2019
By: Maria Luisa Stasi
Español

Social media platforms are abusing their dominant position and exploiting users with terms of service ...

Incomplete information on emergency contraception drugs is risking women’s health

May 30, 2019
By: Leyla-Denisa Obreja
Español

Amidst growing debate on women’s reproductive rights, worldwide policies allowing free access to emergency ...

Can protecting indigenous human rights also improve conservation efforts?

May 29, 2019
By: Victoria Tauli-Corpuz
Español | Français

Lands under secure indigenous tenure often have better conservation outcomes—can stronger protections ...

Hope counters hate in polarized and populist narratives

May 23, 2019
By: Rosie Carter
Español

Giving people a sense of optimism about and control over their future is the best way to stop populist ...

New strategies help investors hold corporations accountable on human rights

May 16, 2019
By: Gabe Rissman
Español

A sustainable business model could help human rights groups apply shareholder pressure to improve corporate ...

Sex robots: a human rights discourse?

May 2, 2019
By: Carlotta Rigotti
Español

What are the human rights implications in the growing market for sex robots? Are these AI “gynoids” ...

Rising restrictions on labour rights threaten the heart of social justice

May 1, 2019
By: Ana Zbona & Sanyu Awori
Español | Français

When space closes for labour rights defenders, the situation is far worse for those at the margins. ...

Delinking the “human” from human rights: artificial intelligence and transhumanism

April 10, 2019
By: A. Kayum Ahmed
Español | isiXhosa

The development of artificial intelligence and transhumanism are challenging what it means to be human—and ...

Undemocratic civil society laws are appearing in democracies

March 28, 2019
By: Chrystie Swiney
Español

The much-reported clampdown on civil society is not restricted to authoritarian states – restrictive ...

Silencing the drama - Do the SDG indicators expose the injustices that limit women’s sexual and reproductive lives?

March 27, 2019
By: Alicia Ely Yamin
Español

The SDGs are a step forward for women’s equality and sexual and reproductive rights, but the indicators ...

If nature has rights, who legitimately defends them?

March 21, 2019
By: Arpitha Kodiveri
Español

Who speaks for nature’s rights? The question needs careful consideration, or we risk in protecting nature ...

Litigating the right to a sustainable climate system

March 21, 2019
By: Jacqueline Peel & Hari M. Osofsky
Español | Français

As the climate crisis deepens, can litigation advancing a human right to a stable and sustainable climate ...

Rights as a response to ecological apocalypse

March 20, 2019
By: David R. Boyd
Français | العربية | Español

Recognizing the human right to live in a healthy environment, and the rights of nature itself, are both ...

Turning anger into positive energy for gender equality in sport

March 19, 2019
By: Maggie Murphy
Español | Français

Women footballers face discrimination, harassment, and funding challenges every day. But what is more ...

Embodiment as resilience and resistance in human rights work

March 14, 2019
By: Loretta Pyles
Español

Human rights violations harm people’s minds and their bodies, and addressing both can help to heal trauma ...

The Gbagbo acquittal and the battle for the ICC’s legitimacy

March 14, 2019
By: Mark Kersten
Español | Français

The acquittal of Laurent Gbagbo by the ICC is seen by many as a blow to the Court’s legitimacy – but ...

Inaction on gender equality puts SDGs at risk

March 7, 2019
By: Marte Hellema & Hannie Meesters
Español

If there is no fundamental and transformational change in how gender equality is addressed as part of ...

Failure to act: getting ahead of technological threats to democracy

March 6, 2019
By: Laura Rosenberger
Deutsch

Adversaries of democracy are deliberately targeting free speech, and democratic nations must get ahead ...

Seizing opportunities and broad strategy both essential in human rights litigation

February 26, 2019
By: Wolfgang Kaleck
Español | Deutsch

To bring real human rights change, legal actions usually need to be linked to broader political strategies, ...

Putting respect for human rights at the heart of sport

February 21, 2019
By: Mary Harvey
Español | Français | العربية

Sport can unite and inspire, but it can have negative impacts too—a new Centre is bringing together ...

Hybrid entities can bring for-profit strategies to NGO funding

February 21, 2019
By: Louis Bickford
Español

Hybrid entities that mix for-profit and not-for-profit strategies have the potential to free NGOs from ...

Why the future of human rights must be hopeful

February 19, 2019
By: Thomas Coombes
Español | Français | العربية

For a human rights movement dedicated to exposing abuses, positive communication does not come naturally. ...

UN Human Rights Committee brings new vitality to the right to life

February 13, 2019
By: Lucy McKernan & Bret Thiele
Español

Through its expanding jurisprudence on the right to life, the UN Human Rights Committee has given advocates ...

The right to reparation: laudable goal or empty promise?

February 7, 2019
By: Bojan Gavrilovic
العربية

Human rights activists argue that victims of mass atrocities have a right to reparations, but the international ...

New and inclusive measuring needed for SDG promise of access to justice for all

February 5, 2019
By: Sukti Dhital & Meg Satterthwaite
Español | Français

SDG 16 promises access to justice for all, but current plans for measuring progress are far too limited. ...

Crucial year ahead to pursue access to justice for all

January 31, 2019
By: Elizabeth Andersen
Español

Several key events in 2019 provide a real opportunity to progress on SDG 16—ensuring access to justice ...

UN standard-setting continues apace

January 29, 2019
By: Gordon DiGiacomo

Work at the UN is progressing on several fronts to agree new human rights standards – the topics reflecting ...

Blockchain technologies offer transparency that could improve human rights practices

January 24, 2019
By: Dean Pinkert & James Ton-that & Ravi Soopramanien
Español | Français

Blockchain solutions could help companies comply with human rights due diligence in more effective and ...

Beyond Internet access: seeking knowledge justice online

January 22, 2019
By: Kira Allmann & Anasuya Sengupta
Español | العربية

Most debates around the internet and human rights focus on narrowing the digital divide and facilitating ...

Litigating rights carries risks as well as rewards

January 17, 2019
By: Martín Abregú
Español

Where possible, challenging authoritarian and illiberal regimes in court is an important tactic, but ...

New year, new human rights narratives?

January 11, 2019
By: James Logan
Español

Within the human rights community, there is a growing enthusiasm for new narratives to build public ...

The right to design babies? Human rights and bioethics

January 8, 2019
By: Roberto Andorno & Alicia Ely Yamin
Español

New developments in gene modifications make it more urgent than ever to raise societal awareness, and ...

Cities – a growing and necessary target for human rights advocacy

January 4, 2019
By: Annabel Short
Español

Cities exercise power in many areas that touch on human rights, and growing urban inequalities mean ...

Why policymakers need to tackle the digital gender gap

December 19, 2018
By: Ana Brandusescu
Français

Tackling the digital gender gap means more than improving internet access—it means empowering women ...

How can AI amplify civic freedoms?

December 18, 2018
By: Zach Lampell & Lily Liu
العربية | 简体中文

Civil society must improve its knowledge and use of artificial intelligence in order to limit exploitation ...

New business and human rights treaty takes shape

December 11, 2018
By: Maysa Zorob
Español

The draft of a new business and human rights treaty is a good start, but needs to be strengthened to ...

Human and non-human rights – convergence or conflict?

December 10, 2018
By: David Petrasek
Español | Français | العربية

On the 70th anniversary of the UDHR, claims to recognize non-human rights are advancing and pose challenges ...

Caliban Unleashed: What role for strategic litigation in an illiberal era?

December 5, 2018
By: Alicia Ely Yamin
Español

There are inherent limitations in litigating health rights, but it has led to important victories, and ...

Identities in the crosshairs—censoring LGBTQ internet content around the world

November 27, 2018
By: Miles Kenyon, Adam Senft and Ronald Deibert
Español | العربية

A Canadian company is enabling its software to be used globally to censor access to information on LGBTQ ...

Strategic human rights litigation in tough times

November 21, 2018
By: Dimitrina Petrova
Español | Русский | 简体中文

There are many good reasons to pursue human rights claims in the courts, especially given the rise of ...

The value of strategic litigation amidst rising illiberal democracies

November 20, 2018
By: James A. Goldston
Español | Français | العربية

In an increasingly authoritarian world, courts are among the few spaces where ordinary people can challenge ...

The rights of nature gaining ground

November 14, 2018
By: Mari Margil
Español | Français

Nature has been treated in law as property, and exploited. But there is growing legal recognition that ...