Author Archives: Rights in Context

Ecocide: the international crime that could have been but never quite was

This post was first published in NBXMain in October 2015 Genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are international crimes and, since 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) can investigate individuals accused of having committed acts of that nature. From … Continue reading

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Should rights be submitted to referendum? (You won’t find the answer here)

Earlier this year, many of us felt proud of Ireland. 62% of Irish people voted to proclaim marriage equality in the national constitution. Ireland, a country of profound Catholic roots, had become the first country to recognise at the constitutional … Continue reading

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La vivienda no ha sido un derecho durante la crisis. ¿Lo será después?

Según datos del Instituto Nacional de Estadística, la cantidad de hipotecas concedidas aumentó casi un 22% entre julio de 2014 y el mismo mes de 2015, hasta llegar a las 21.863 operaciones. Este número está todavía lejos de las 130.000 … Continue reading

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Bombardment of Damascus 90 years later: Two questions around the Responsibility to Protect

France bombed Damascus 90 years ago as a reaction to the Syrian revolt for independence. France held the mandate over Syria under the League of Nations authority. The day after an attack against French troops, France bombed the city for … Continue reading

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Dear fellow jurists, human rights are about politics, and that’s perfectly fine

For decades, the global human rights community has seen human rights as a matter of law, mostly international law. Economic, social and cultural rights, however, are meant to be progressively realized making use of all available resources. The violations approach … Continue reading

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Why Amnesty’s word still matters – #ICM2015

Amnesty International held its International Council Meeting (ICM) this last week in Dublin. The Strategic Goals were the most important issue under consideration, but Amnesty delegates from all over the world also talked about internal governance nationally and internationally, fundraising, … Continue reading

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Right to housing in Spain: What have the Romans ever done for us?

Should we say thousands, tens of thousands or hundreds of thousands? I must admit we were not sure how to start the report Evicted Rights: Right to Housing and Mortgage Evictions in Spain, published by Amnesty International – Spain on … Continue reading

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