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

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

UK Warned: Give Prisoners the Vote within Six Months or Face Severe Penalties!

On the 6th October 2005 the European Court of Human Rights delivered its decision in the case of Hirst v United Kingdom. This case concerned prisoners and their right to vote. In the UK a person’s right to vote is taken away from them when they are convicted of a crime and they are not … Continue reading