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Celebrating Human Rights

The 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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The Bodies that Matter

Saudi Arabia, Western journalism, and Human Rights

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Moral Blindness and Immigration in America

The Trump administration's inhumane approach to immigration

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When Democracy Wins

Residents of the small town of Springfield, Or., band together to end jail contract with ICE

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Stand Against Torture

Political Scientists Refuse to Legitimate Torture

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The Problem with Humanitarian Borders

Toward a new framework of justice

The language of humanitarianism has played a central role in recent political and media debates about undocumented migrants crossing into Europe and North America. The unaccompanied minors crossing into the United States reached the designation of “humanitarian crisis” last summer, i.e. 2014, whereas the most recent tipping point in the Mediterranean came in April 2015, when at least five boats sank and close to 1,200 people drowned …

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Women in the Rulings of the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights

Moving beyond the single story

After a long battle with the mainstream of human rights discourse and institutions dating from at least the era of the League of Nations, feminists organized in a transnational movement [1] have succeeded in placing women’s issues at the centre of human rights debates.

Here I want to take a step back from celebrating these achievements and ask: if women are now part of the transnational discourse on human rights, who are these women? How do transnational human rights institutions represent them? Or, put in other words, who is the female subject of transnational legal discourse and what gendered harms are made visible in this arena? …

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