Five human rights panels at #AmnestyICM, 18-22 August 2013

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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. Continue reading “One full year putting human rights in context”

The Super Bowl hangover: Who said the US supports democracy abroad?

A few days ago, somebody (an American citizen herself) asked in class: “Why does the US support democracy abroad?” After some discussion back and forth (American citizens all of them) about liberal institutionalist and neocon arguments that would justify an American pro-democracy foreign policy, I asked: “Who said that America defends democracy abroad?”. Continue reading “The Super Bowl hangover: Who said the US supports democracy abroad?”

Victory in Egypt: The fight for social rights at the core of the fight for democracy

After 18 days of revolution, Mubarak has resigned today. Time will tell the specifics about when elections will be held, about how the military will lead the transition, how this shift will affect the process in Middle East… Nonetheless, this is a victory for Egypt, it is a victory for democracy and peaceful mobilisation of people. And Egypt is giving a lesson to countries that are still suffering the burden of dictatorship. What is it?

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