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Lessons on voting

Europe has certainly made headlines recently, and unfortunately not for good things. From an ongoing volcanic ash plume out of Iceland to the Greek debt crisis, it appears that it is Europe’s turn to hold the news spotlight. One of the many headlines coming out of Europe is of course the general election held last […]

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Radical listening

North Koreans are increasingly defying their government to tap into foreign radio broadcasts, according to Peter Beck of the Wall Street Journal. In his recent article, Beck highlighted the high barriers that North Korean civilians face to receive information from foreign sources.  All radios sold in North Korea have their dials permanently fixed to the […]

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Human Rights Round Up

Few links to human rights stories that other people have been following: Rape in the DRC Cassandra Clifford over at the FPB Children Blog has posted story highlighting the seemingly never-ending crisis concerning rape in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Although this issue has gained more attention recently, her coverage illustrates how much further […]

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A battle in words

Those of us in the human rights field often talk as though what we call human rights are clear, obvious, and of course never up to interpretation. This is certainly the case with some rights. It is never acceptable, for example, to imprison an innocent person for political reasons or commit violence for the purposes […]

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Human Rights for All

The US State Department recently released its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices. This is done every year as a requirement of the Foreign Assistance Act and normally does not gain much attention. However this year, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made waves with the announcement that the US will be subjecting itself […]

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Beijing +15

Last week the Commission on the Status of Women finished up a two-week review of how successful the world has been in implementing 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and where we need to improve as a global society in advancing women’s rights as called for in the Declaration. Known as Beijing +15 and […]

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The right not to develop?

In a move that will likely need to be repeated in coming years, the Supreme Court of India ordered a controversial resort in the Andaman Islands to close down pending further deliberations of the Court on the possible effect the resort will have on the endangered Jarawa tribe. The decision came just weeks after the […]

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The right to veil?

The right to veil?

  People marked International Women’s Day yesterday in a variety of ways. In Europe, the Commissioner for Human Rights for the Council of Europe, Thomas Hammarberg, made news with the publication of his Viewpoint that bans against the Islamic niqab or burqa would violate a woman’s privacy and could potential violate the European Convention on […]

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Girl Power

In case you missed it during your morning stroll through the blogosphere, today is International Women’s Day.  In fact, it is the 100th anniversary of when the IWD started to be celebrated as a global day of recognition and appreciation for the role that women play in our societies, as well as a day of […]

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Moving towards consensus

Last week Canada pledged to join the ranks of almost every other country in the world to support the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In his Throne Speech to Parliament, Prime Minister Stephen Harper stated the importance of indigenous culture in Canada and the need to improve the welfare of First Nations citizens. […]

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Fighting Africa's Colonial Past

By Miranda Jolicoeur, Guest Contributor The effect of the African Commission’s ruling last month on indigenous land rights in Kenya is an important ruling, not only for the recognition of land rights among indigenous populations in Africa, but for a wide-scale acknowledgment of indigenous people and their marginalization. The ruling could also potentially help other […]

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Criminalizing nature in Uganda

High profile battles over gay rights is something more commonly found in the West rather than in Africa. But the proposed changes to Uganda’s anti-gay laws being considered by Parliament has brought that country to the forefront of the global battle for LGBT rights. Homosexuality is already criminalized in Uganda but the Anti-Homosexuality Bill currently […]

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Taking on the Americas

On the heels on the announcement that Latin America is forming a new regional organization without the US and Canada to rival the Organization of American States, it looks like the current Inter-American system is coming under fire. Or at least it is from Venezuela. After the release of a 300 page report by the […]

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Fighting violence against women globally

Fighting violence against women globally

  By Miranda Jolicoeur (Guest Contributor) The International Violence Against Women Act, commonly referred to as I-VAWA, is the first attempt of its kind to call attention to violence against women in the public and private spheres around the world.  For the most part international law focuses on the state, known as the public sphere, […]

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Banning the pen & the sword?

In the fight against terrorism, not everything is about violence. That is the general idea behind material support provisions included in anti-terrorist legislation, first introduced in 1996 and strengthened in the US PATRIOT Act. Such provisions prohibit providing any support to groups designated as terrorist organizations by the Secretary of State, regardless of whether the […]

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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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