One full year putting human rights in context

It has now been a year since this blog saw the light. On 9 November 2010, we explained the point of this project in these terms:

The human rights community must contextualise human rights. This demands the use of the rights discourse and tools in order to hold back the effects of these crises or, in other words, in order to transform a crisis into a political opportunity for change.

We cannot afford a recession in human rights. This phrase summarises the point of Rights in Context.

This year Rights in Context received 11,340 visits. We published 79 articles regarding current issues, such as Wikileaks, the Arab Spring (Egypt, Libya and Morocco and Western Sahara, for example), the death of Osama bin Laden, the foreign policy of Spain, the European Union or the United States or the hopes for a better future in a Basque Country in transition. We also paid special attention to the harmful effects of the current crisis and the hegemonic political discourse. Personally, I had the privilege to take part (and write from there in Spanish) in Amnesty International’s world meeting, the International Council Meeting (ICM), which took place in the Netherlands last August (see ICM blog).

From now on, I want to consolidate the presence of Rights in Context on the Internet. From the beginning, this project was meant to become a collaborative project. I hope to gather contributions from scholars and activists in the field of human rights. Taking advantage of social networks is also of critical importance. You can follow the profile of Rights in Context on Facebook. You can also follow me on Twitter.

Today, the goal and the motive of Rights in Context are fundamentally the same. Human rights are now as critically important as ever. Advocacy and original and constructive responses to the crisis are an urgent need. This demands the contextualisation of the role of human rights in front of the political, cultural and economic reality. This blog tries to do its bit.

Koldo Casla

Editor de Derechos en Contexto



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