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Intel, the EU, and the growing field of international human rights

Intel, the EU, and the growing field of international human rights

A friend of mine recently commented that it seems like everything is a human right these days.  He may be on to something.  Case in point: Earlier today Intel appealed a landmark antitrust fine imposed on them by the European Union on the basis that the fine violated the company’s human rights. In May, the […]

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Advancing Women's Rights in Africa

Civil society representatives from over 20 African countries met in Kigali, Rwanda last week to discuss how to better implement a key regional protocol on women’s rights.  The Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa received it’s fifteenth ratification and therefore came into effect in […]

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Arrests continue in Iran

Human rights lawyer and women’s rights activist Shadi Sadr was arrested in Tehran on Friday.  She was approached by several plain clothed officers who pushed her into a car while she was walking with friends to Friday prayers.  In a call to her husband, she confirmed that she was under arrest and being held at […]

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The Gaza Debates

The Gaza Debates

Earlier this week, the Israeli human rights group Breaking the Silence released a report containing the anonymous testimonies of 54 combat soldiers who served in 2008-2009 Gaza War, codenamed Operation Cast Lead by the Israeli military.  The testimonies detail numerous human rights abuses and violations of international laws of war including the use of human […]

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Ceasefire in the Niger Delta . . . For Now

A major militant group in Nigeria’s troubled Niger Delta announced a sixty day ceasefire yesterday after the government released a top commander earlier in the week.  The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND) has been behind most of the region’s recent troubles and are responsible for several high profile kidnappings and attacks […]

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Death Penalty Gaining Support in Mexico

Mexico held its midterm elections last week and while the former ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party regained control of the Congress for the first time since 2000, another story has begun to emerge: the surprise showing of the small Green Party, which garnered 10% of the vote. The reason why this may be significant? The Green […]

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When Human Rights Become a PR Issue

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/ccTOaxG-7CQ” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] When Sri Lanka’s 26 year civil war ended in May 2009 with the final defeat of the insurgent Tamil Tigers rebel group (LTTE) by government forces, there were immediate concerns about the civilian death tolls and methods used by the government in the final months of the war. The […]

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Genocide in China?

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/YECvWjZXSTE” width=”425″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] Turkey’s Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, compared the violence in China’s Xinjiang region against the minority Uighurs to genocide on Friday. Speaking about the violent protests that have taken place between ethnic Han Chinese and Uighurs he said, “The event taking place in China is a kind of genocide […]

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Zimbabwe's Conflict Diamonds

A preliminary report from a review team for the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KPCS) has found “horrific violence” on the part of the military against civilians in the diamond-rich Marange District in eastern Zimbabwe. The Kimberley Process was established in 2003 to thwart the trade of so-called conflict diamonds which funded numerous rebel movements in […]

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About the Author

Kimberly J. Curtis
Kimberly J. Curtis

Kimberly Curtis has a Master's degree in International Affairs and a Juris Doctor from American University in Washington, DC. She is a co-founder of The Women's Empowerment Institute of Cameroon and has worked for human rights organizations in Rwanda and the United States. You can follow her on Twitter at @curtiskj

Areas of Focus: Transitional justice; Women's rights; Africa

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