The United Nations (hereinafter UN) affirms that as of 14 October more than 3,000 people have been killed in Syria.[1] On 4 of October 2011, the Security Council gathered to discuss the issue. The US, the UK, France, Germany and Portugal proposed a resolution which was vetoed by China and Russia. The media refer to … Continue reading

Misinformation and the politics of fear: the asylum debate in Australia

SPECIAL GUEST POST FROM FRIEND OF HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM, STEVE PHILLIPS. STEVE IS CURRENTLY A MASTER STUDENT OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW AT ÅBO AKADEMI.   Both externally and internally, Australia prides itself on its strong human rights record and its standing as a good global citizen; however, deeper analysis shows a country that has … Continue reading

Freedom of Religion and the Dutch Political Context

SPECIAL GUEST POST FROM FRIEND OF HUMAN RIGHTS FORUM, SILVIE ZONDERLAND. SILVIE IS CURRENTLY AN INTERN AT THE EQUAL TREATMENT COMMITTEE IN THE NETHERLANDS. (Obviously, the views expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Equal Treatment Committee) On March 15, 2011, Dutch liberal politician Jeanine … Continue reading

Has multiculturalism failed?

Last Saturday, at the Munich Security Conference, the British Prime Minister David Cameron said that state multiculturalism has failed. The failure of multiculturalism is a trend topic in Europe nowadays. Last year the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, said that the multicultural project of society has utterly failed. She said that the idea of people from different … Continue reading

Brazil: new president, old problems

“Dilma Rousseff sworn in as Brazil’s new president.” This statement was headlining the most important newspapers in the first of January 2011. This post is a brief analysis of the challenges that the new president will face regarding human rights in Brazil.   Lula did well in 8 years of presidency. He had just basic … Continue reading

Top 5 Human Rights Failures of 2010

As the new year begins, most news sites have been putting together their lists of such trivial matters as the top 10 movies or the top 10 sporting moments of 2010. Much of this irrelevant blabber draws great attention, as people look back on fond memories of another year gone by.  But while this distraction … Continue reading

One Step Forward, Two Steps Back

As we usher in the New Year we bring with us hope that it will not only be a good year for us, but also a good year for the human rights of all of the world’s people. We are less than a week into 2011 and already there have been some victories. Unfortunately, there … Continue reading

‘Tis the season to be jolly?

It’s that time of year again. The time for giving and receiving, for enjoying the company of family and friends, and perhaps for some reflection on another year gone by. The holiday season, whether you call it Christmas or Festivus is not important, is a time for many people to celebrate the birth of Jesus … Continue reading

Build a mosque, burn a bridge?

It is with great regret that I write this first entry not with hope for a brighter future, but rather with fear of a societal regression. The controversy that has erupted over the proposed construction of an Islamic community centre in the vicinity of Ground Zero in New York risks pushing us back into the … Continue reading