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The Shelter City Project

Mar 20th, 2018 | By

In many countries around the world, human rights defenders are persecuted for their work and convictions. They are put under surveillance, threatened, harassed, and detained arbitrarily; often, they face enforced disappearance, torture, and even death. One of the organizations concerned with the protection of human rights defenders is the Dutch NGO Justice & Peace. In 2012, the organization founded the program Shelter City. Under the program, human rights defenders are offered temporary protection for three months in a Dutch city. In this time, they can recover and resume their work in peace.

The Struggle against Torture in Italy – The Failure of the Italian Law

Mar 6th, 2018 | By

Torture is considered to be the most common human rights violation in today´s modern world, not only in underdeveloped and/or authoritarian countries, but also in long-established democracies with strict laws about the topic. Cases of police or military violence against civilians that might amount to torture fill newspaper pages all over the world. A prominent case is the one that occurred during the G8 summit in Genoa, Italy, also known as the “Scuola Diaz e Bolzaneto” (Diaz School and Bolzaneto) scandal. It remains unresolved.

Photography Competition: “Human Rights. My Rights. Your Rights. Triggered!”

Oct 26th, 2017 | By

Photography Competition: “Human Rights. My Rights. Your Rights. Triggered!” The Background The Nuremberg Center for Human Rights (Nürnberger Menschenrechtszentrum e.V. – NMRZ) advocates for human rights protection locally as well as nationally and internationally. In 2014 the photography competition “Human rights. My Rights. Your Rights. Triggered!” was created in order to commemorate the 25th anniversary

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Disputes over Genetically Modified Maize in Mexico from the Perspective of the Human Right to Food

Mar 7th, 2016 | By

Mexico is fighting a fierce battle over the cultivation of genetically modified maize. With maize being the main food source and having deep cultural meanings, Mexican civil society is concerned about its biodiversity, possible risks to human health and access to food.

Conference: ”The Nuremberg Principles 70 Years Later: Contemporary Challenges”

Dec 17th, 2015 | By

The 70th anniversary of the Nuremberg Principles was celebrated on November 20 and 21 in an international conference “The Nuremberg Principles 70 Years Later: Contemporary Challenges”. The conference, organized by International Nuremberg Principles Academy, brought to Nuremberg experts, lawyers and human rights defenders from around the world to discuss the legacy of Nuremberg Principles in promoting human rights and international criminal law.

APPLICATION OPEN!! HUMAN RIGHTS M.A. at FAU University Erlangen-Nuremberg

Jun 16th, 2014 | By

The M.A. Human Rights addresses the growing importance of human rights in all areas of society and academia. The course program covers fundamental as well as current issues and challenges. It pursues an interdisciplinary approach taking the political, philosophical and legal dimensions of human rights into account. Graduates of the program will be equipped with theoretical and practical skills to pursue professional activities in human rights contexts.
The M.A. Human Rights welcomes students from all over the world. It is open to students with a university degree and with professional or practical experience in human rights.
Students could work as practitioners in public administrations, international and non-governmental organizations, the media, interest groups and associations, as well as in specialized law firms, and corporations.[…]

Economic, social and cultural rights – from hesitant recognition to extraterritorial applicability

Jun 13th, 2014 | By

20 years ago the final declaration of the World Conference on Human Rights (1993) in Vienna not only reinforced the universality of human rights, it also acknowledged the indivisibility, and thereby the coherence and interdependency of the various human rights. Since then we have seen an unmistakable increase in the significance of the long-neglected economic, social and cultural human rights (ESCR).

The following paper by Michael Krennerich will cursorily follow up on the change in significance over the past few decades.

Spain’s struggle for human rights

Sep 3rd, 2012 | By

A human rights approach to the consequences of the economic crisis in Spain and the demands of the Indignados movement Since 2008, the global economy is experimenting a severe downturn: a deep financial and economic crisis has spread globally. This crisis is having devastating effects on lives and livelihoods across the world, threatening the whole

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New Challenges for the UN Human Rights Machinery. What Future for the UN Treaty Body System and the Human Rights Council Procedures?

May 25th, 2012 | By

Following an initiative of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights, Navanethem Pillay, two high-profile and critical experts on international law have undertaken the task to survey the present state of the ‘UN Human Rights machinery’, as well as to present different perspectives on possible improvements in various areas its future developments. The result of their efforts is an exceptionally dense collection of sophisticated articles, full of critical insights and significant reform proposals. […]

International Criminal Law Sources in the Jurisprudence of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights – Some Comparative Considerations

Dec 23rd, 2008 | By

by Juan Pablo Pérez-León Acevedo

The Latin-American scenario was characterized by the presence of several protracted and intense internal armed conflicts as well as widespread and systematic human rights violations committed by dictatorships in peace time. […]