Recent Human Rights Articles

The UHRSN Human Rights Blog seeks to amplify the voices of the young Human Rights student and alumni Generation by fostering a global dialogue combining critical research, journalism and student activism.

Understanding the Human Rights trends in EU

Since its foundation in 2007, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) produces every year a set of relevant analysis and publications on human rights trends in relation with EU political activity; this constitutes a reliable source of information for national and European institutional actors as well as for individuals interested in this topic. FRA is a technical European agency specialized ...

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Corruption in the education sector in Tanzania – What can be done?

During my internship with the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA) in September-December 2015, interning in the Programs & Activities department I learned a lot about corruption and anti-corruption efforts globally. During the first week I was invited to attend some of the tailor-made trainings on anti-corruption at the academy, and after following the research of international institutions such as the World Bank and ...

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An accessory to felony – Uber in India

(c) Caroline Schupfer

Amid streets littered with potential dangers, along with a patchy police protection framework – taking a cab home at night is a public necessity for women in India. Stripped of voice, they routinely suffer violence and multiple human rights violations. From forced prostitution and trafficking to eve-teasing and dowry extortion; being a woman in India can be gruelling. Products of poor education ...

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Combating Human Trafficking with Mobile Phones

All over the world, thousands of women, men, and children become victims of human traffickers. Trafficking in persons is a growing criminal industry making more than $150 billion of dollars (US) in illegal profits by intimidating, using force, and robbing victims of their basic freedoms and coercing them into sexual work, forced labor, and other forms of servitude against their will. According ...

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Drone strikes veiled in secrecy – A call for transparency

Drone Strikes

The lack of transparency of drone programs entails multiple problems. The imperative of enhancing transparency and allowing declassification becomes evident when looking at the infamous killing of Mamana Bibi. In the alleged US drone strike on 24 October 2012 in North Waziristan, Pakistan, 68-year-old Mamana Bibi was killed, and up to nine people were injured, including 8 children. It remains unclear what ...

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Hungary’s hope-crushing border fence and the right to seek asylum

Syrian refugees in Istanbul, two weeks after the 2013 chemical attack in the Damascus suburbs. Photo: by Freddie Trimble

The conflict in Syria began over four years ago and has since grown into a deadly proxy war which has ignited large regional hostilities, killing more than 300,000 people. The exacerbating humanitarian situation, coupled with international inaction, has led to an epidemic of despair. Concurrently, the conditions in the countries neighbouring Syria are deteriorating due to funding shortfalls as the number of ...

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The Plight of Economic Migrants to Europe: A Far Cry from Benefits Tourism

Refugees or Migrants?

As the EU continues to grapple the logistical aspects of the so-termed ‘European Migrant Crisis,’ a new discussion has arisen about the distinction between migrants and refugees and how each should be treated. Misunderstanding in both public opinion and political policy regarding the differences has dire consequences for the most vulnerable stakeholders — the migrants. Refugees or Migrants? Definitions vary, but according ...

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Call to Action: #LangkahSiswa

Malaysia Youth & Student Democratic Movement DEMA

PRESS STATEMENT – Date: 21.8.2015 The Malaysian Youth and Students’ Democratic Movement (DEMA) together with Gerakan Mahasiswa Selamatkan Negara and several other student organisations, jointly call upon all the youth and students in this country to participate in a series of non-violent direct actions (NVDA) named as #LangkahSiswa to uphold the idea of democracy and to pursue for a government accountable to the ...

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Cambodia – A Country as Candyshop for Landgrabbers

Cambodia A Country as Candyshop for Landgrabbers

“My house, possessions, clothes, all went up in smoke. Nothing was left” said Mai, a woman who lived in Bos/O’Bat Moan, a village in the province of Oddar Meanchey, after 150 men from police, military and presumptive workers of the company, which was granted a concession for a large area including her village, burnt down and bulldozed 119 houses. When she went ...

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