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The struggle of human rights NGOs and the “Funding Transparency” Law in Israel

Feb 5th, 2019 | By

The delegitimization of human Rights NGOs by the Israeli government is getting stronger and the NGOs’ space in Israel is shrinking. Noam Cohen is giving an overview of the situation in Israel after the new “NGO Funding Transparency” law has been in force since 2016.



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

Jan 31st, 2019 | 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.



Is providing humanitarian assistance a crime?

Jan 31st, 2019 | By

The right to water is recognized in international legal instruments, as part of the most basic requirements for sustaining the live and dignity of persons. According to the International Committee of the Red Cross, the destruction of water supplies is considered a denial of humanitarian assistance.



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

Jan 31st, 2019 | 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.



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

Jan 31st, 2019 | 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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Brazil’s clandestine mass grave in Perus (São Paulo)

Jan 24th, 2019 | 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 Molina Theissen case

Jan 22nd, 2019 | By

Marco Antonios Mutter und Schwestern. Copyright: JLPOS El Periódico Guatemala is the country with the highest number of victims of enforced disappearance in Latin America. As a result of the repression during the internal armed conflict (1960-1996), around 45,000 people were disappeared. Despite this large number, only a few cases have been investigated and prosecuted.

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