A Tale of Two Courts – Part One: Understanding Lautsi v. Italy

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it … Continue reading

Can International Law Alleviate Poverty?

In this new century, many of the world’s poorest countries remain imprisoned, enslaved and in chains. They are trapped in the prison of poverty. It is time to set them free. Like slavery and apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. … Continue reading

Are they really pro-life? Republican hypocrisy threatens the right to life: Part 2

The idea of being pro-life, I assume, necessitates that one is in favour of protecting all life, not just the life of the unborn. All life, in this case, should logically include both life that is and is not American. That is, even if you are not an American citizen, your life should be as … Continue reading

Are they really pro-life? Republican hypocrisy threatens the right to life: Part 1

**Given the nature and complexity of the issue of abortion and its role in US politics, this will be a two-part entry. Anyone that follows politics in the United States knows that one of the most polarising political issues is abortion. Actually, it is a polarising issue no matter where you are, but for some … 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

Egypt and revolution: the human rights violations continue

Image: Ben Curtis/Associated Press I am quite sure that there are many among you following the situation in Egypt closely. Perhaps you’re eager to see an otherwise undemocratic nation become more democratic, thereby giving the Egyptian people a real chance at effective self determination. Maybe you are curious to see what form of government emerges … Continue reading

“The Palestine Papers”: Dealing Away Human Rights

As many of you have probably heard by now, the World has been rocked by yet another massive leak of some 1,600 confidential documents detailing meetings and negotiations between Israeli, Palestinian and American representatives. These documents, currently in the exclusive possession of The Guardian and Al Jazeera, reveal the massive concessions which the Palestinians are … 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