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.

Technology and Human Trafficking

Technology and Human Trafficking

The relation between human trafficking and technology in the contemporary world is a complex and an ambiguous issue. Recent advancements in technology such as mobile phones, the internet, social media networks and others have undoubtedly made our lives and communications easier and at the same time have become an important ally in the battle against organized crime. Though no one can doubt ...

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On the Edge: Diyarbakir’s Refugee Camp, Fidanlik Park

On the Edge Diyarbakirs Refugee Camp Fidanlik Park

The labyrinth of white tents and sand paths of Fidanlik Park leads us into the depths of one of the largest refugee camps in the country, on the outskirts of Diyarbakir, in southeastern Turkey. We almost give up after a brief coversation with the guards that abruptly say ‘No!’ to all our requests to visit the camp. But then, the crowd pulls ...

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UHRSN protest: Drop charges against 14 Thai student activists!

A group of international student activists joined a UHRSN protest in front of the Thai embassy in Vienna to demand the immediate and unconditional drop of all charges against the fourteen students in Thailand. The 14 Thai student activists who were arrested on the 26th June were imprisoned for peacefully expressing their opposition to military rule and were brought before a Military ...

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Statement From Thai Students in Europe who are against the coup d’état in Thailand

Statement “For our friends” From Thai Students in Europe who are against the coup d’état Since the 22nd May 2014 coup d’état, student groups are undeniably one of the leaders in protesting against the coup. They are from various universities, academic disciplines, regions and backgrounds. They may have numerous different political stances, but they come together under one ideal – coups d’etat ...

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Regular Entry Procedures to Europe for Persons in Need of International Protection and the Willingness of European States to Prevent Deaths in the Mediterranean

Regular entry procedures

Introduction The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) estimated that 51.2 million individuals worldwide were forced to leave their homes because of war, persecution, generalized violence and human rights violations by the end of 2013.1 This was the biggest flight movement since World War II.2 Out of them, 33.3 million were internally displaced persons, 16.7 million were refugees and 1.2 million asylum ...

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Religious Symbols and the European Convention of Human rights

Bandung, Indonesia by Haifeez CC BY 2.0

For the last few years, wearing religious symbols has triggered a major debate across Europe. The debate, which started after the imposition of prohibitions laws on religious symbols in several European states, has become a controversial human rights issue among scholars. France, Denmark, Turkey, Germany, Switzerland and other member-states of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) have discussed, endorsed and some ...

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20 Years After Rwanda Genocide, a Humanitarian Crisis in the Central African Republic Fails to Stir International Interest

Central African Republic: Torn Apart by Violence by UNHCR Photo Unit

After the mass genocide that killed 800,000 people in Rwanda 20 years ago, the international community vowed ‘never again.’ But today, history seems to be repeating itself. Another central African country faces a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions, yet few know about it and even fewer are doing anything to help. Former Colony, Forgotten Nation The Central African Republic (CAR) is a ...

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What is terrorism?

After the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013, which resulted in the death of three people and injured an estimated 264 others, US President Barack Obama said, “Anytime bombs are used to target civilians, it is an act of terrorism.” What does it mean when we describe something as an act of “terrorism”, and why does it matter? Is terrorism defined by criminal ...

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Promoting human rights and peace education in Thailand

Thailand has played a vital role in promoting human rights and peace education at both the national and regional level. The country has developed, strengthened, and expanded human rights education as a result of national, regional, and global influences. [1] Among the major influences include widespread human rights violations committed throughout the country; an increasing demand for educated/trained human rights experts and ...

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Waiting for Justice: the murder of David Olyn and LGBTI rights in South Africa

I completed an internship with Sonke Gender Justice in Cape Town, South Africa, as a requirement of the Vienna University Human Rights MA program. During the internship I had the opportunity to be part of one of Sonke’s community mobilization teams, which aim to promote awareness of gender-based violence through organising training workshops, protest marches and rallies. They also follow specific cases, ...

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