Commentaries

EU faces another migration tragedy

As many as 700 migrants are feared dead in the wake of a boat accident south of the Mediterranean coast of Lampedusa on Sunday. According the testimony given to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the small craft was capsized when the migrants on board shifted to one side, trying to gain the attention of a large passing merchant vessel that they hoped ...

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Fear of feminism or mere cowardice at the 59th Session of the CSW?

2015 is the year we celebrate 20 years of the fourth women’s conference in Beijing and 15 years of Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security. But where do we, women and girls, stand today? While hearing and reading about advancements in terms of gender equality, how women´s rights are being mainstreamed in policies of all kinds, and how the ...

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Where are Human Rights at 67? Are things getting worse?

67 years have passed since the inception of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, when the world had enough from the horrible effects of WWI and WWII and wanted to move forward with peace and respect for human rights among nations. [i] The Amnesty International annual report for 2014/2015 shows the opposite. There are fewer wars, yet human beings suffer even more ...

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Should controversial speakers be banned from university campuses?

The Tory and Liberal Democrat (Lib Dem) political parties, who comprise the current British governing coalition, are sparring over the implementation of new laws that oblige institutions to prevent radicalization. A Tory coalition is pushing guidelines that would ban any ‘extremist’ speaker from appearing on university campuses in England, igniting a debate about freedom of expression in institutions of higher learning. The ...

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