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The right to truth and justice – why do the archives of Chile’s National Commission on Political Prisoners and Torture remain secret for 50 years?

Feb 16th, 2023 | By

This question is examined by Chilean laywer Felipe Téllez, who draws the conclusion that the law which imposes the restriction of access needs to be changed, at least in order to grant judicial bodies access to relevant information in order to help with their investigations.

Heiner Bielefeldt “Sources of Solidarity : A Short Introduction to the Foundations of Human Rights”

Aug 29th, 2022 | By

The book “Sources of Solidarity” offers a profound introduction to the foundations of human rights. The author Heiner Bielefeldt is member of the NMRZ and chair of human rights and human rights politics at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuremberg.

The persecution of Hedme Castro continues in Honduras – call for donations

Nov 17th, 2021 | By

Hedme Castro, director of the human rights organization ACI-PARTICIPA in Honduras was a guest of the Nuremberg Human Rights Center (NMRZ) from March to September as part of the ESI (Elisabeth Selbert Initiative) protection program for persecuted human rights defenders. Now her house has been burned down. We stand in solidarity with our friend Hemde and have opened a donation account, so that she can find a sace place to stay.

The Dangers of Sexist Rhetoric on Social Media (2016-2021)

Sep 7th, 2021 | By

Social networks have created new communication channels, but they are also a breeding ground of sexist rhetoric and gender specific desinformation about female candidates and politicians. With the upcoming federal elections in Germany, the subject is currently especially important and visible. This article analyzes common attacks against women with examples from Germany and the US.

Marking the 30th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child

Dec 2nd, 2019 | By

The year 2019 marks the thirtieth anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Ensuring gender equality in post-conflict reconstruction: Three primary challenges and corresponding approaches

Nov 13th, 2019 | By

In post-conflict settings, every human right, from social and economic rights like access to food, water, and housing, to civil and political rights, can be impacted. Solutions to each of these challenges will need to be addressed within the unique historical context and local socio-political environment, with the most vulnerable deserving special attention and participation in the process. Integrating a gender-mainstreaming approach to reconstruction can inform the understanding of these persistent themes and mitigate some of the issues in post-conflict settings.

Towards a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the former Yugoslavia

Feb 18th, 2019 | By

The purpose of this article is to elaborate on the need for, and the prospect of, establishing a Truth and Reconciliation Commission for the former Yugoslavia. The ratio for such a commission has much to do with the failings of the Yugoslav Tribunal to realize its didactic purposes to its fullest potential, a consequence of anti-Tribunal propaganda and the inability to generate a form of truth that would serve as an adequate basis for post-conflict reconciliation. Following the outlining of these shortcomings, this paper shall assess some of the past and more recent attempts aimed towards the formation of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission within the former Yugoslav states.

Brazil’s clandestine mass grave in Perus (São Paulo)

Oct 15th, 2018 | By

In 1990, a clandestine mass grave with 1.049 unidentified mortal remains was found at the Dom Bosco Cemetery located in Perus, a suburban district of the city of São Paulo. It represents one of the innumerous crimes committed by the Brazilian dictatorial regime, which emerged with the military coup d’état in 1964 and lasted until 1985. The discovery of the Vala Clandestina de Perus (Perus illegal ditch), as it came to be known, was possible due to the courage and perseverance of a few individual persons.

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ report on the Herzog Case: A reflection on the tortuous way for the right to memory and truth and on the absence of justice in Brazil

Aug 1st, 2018 | By

To convict the responsible state’s authorities for perpetrating human rights violations is extremely necessary for dealing with the past, overcoming the legacy of authoritarianism and strengthening democracy. Brazil has not addressed this challenge the best it should yet.  Lanaís de Castro gives us in her article an overview about the right to the truth and memory

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Human rights violations in the refugee and asylum seeker crisis in Israel

Jul 25th, 2018 | By

36,630 Asylum seekers are living in Israel, only eleven received a refugee status. With research, testimonies and interviews with asylum seekers from Eritrea, Noam Cohen gives us an overview about the life of asylum seekers in Israel: Detention centers, xenophobia and the threat of forced deportation.