Film Screening: The Soil and the Sea
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by Almas Shaikh
3d ago
The film, The Soil and The Sea is being released in UK cinemas and will screen at Curzon Oxford on February 29th (+ director Q&A). The film, featuring a text by Elias Khoury and produced in partnership with NGO Act for the Disappeared is the first documentary to record the presence and erasure of clandestine graves from Lebanon’s Civil War. In Lebanon there are more than 100 untouched mass graves dating back from the Civil War, and thousands of families awaiting a missing relative or at least a bone to bury The Soil and the Sea unveils the violence lying ..read more
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Coming of Age: The Establishment of 18 as the Legal Minimum Age for Marriage
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by Jacques Hartmann and Reem Alhasawi
3d ago
Recent reports from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) highlight a global decline in child marriage. Yet the practice still persists, impacting 640 million girls and women in the last decade. This blog considers how, despite the lack of a clear basis in treaty law, state practice seems to be moving toward a minimum legal age of 18 for marriage. An Elusive Consensus Despite the clear stance of UNICEF and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) – which defined child marriage as “any marriage where at least one of the parties is under 18 ye ..read more
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Resisting the Legal Assault on Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Students
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by Luke A.Boso
5d ago
Since the Supreme Court’s 2015 decision in Obergefell v Hodges striking down same-sex marriage bans across the United States, conservative States and localities—perhaps motivated by the politics of resentment stemming from a perceived attack on traditional sexual and gender values—have proposed and enacted a new crop of hostile measures targeting the LGBTQ community. In 2023 alone, the ACLU tracked 510 anti-LGBTQ bills nationwide, 84 of which became law. In just the first two months of 2024, 462 anti-LGBTQ laws have already been proposed in 41 States. These legislative efforts cover wide-rangi ..read more
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The University of Oxford Human Rights Hub Journal Invites Submissions for a Special Issue
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by Almas Shaikh
5d ago
Proposals should consist of three to five papers that address a topic of high current interest in the field of international, regional, comparative or national human rights law. Each submission should be in the range of 10,000 to 12,000 words. The guest editors for the Special Issue should, through the extension of invitations to authors, attempt to advance the goal of supporting diversity of authorship and perspectives, including diversity with regard to gender, race, disability, geography and otherwise underrepresented groups. Proposals should be submitted via email to oxfordhumanrightshub ..read more
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Rehabilitating Prisoners’ Human Rights: The Right to Education
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by Isobel Renzulli
5d ago
Education is recognised as a human right for everyone, yet for prisoners it remains largely elusive. A recent interview with His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMIP) painted a grim picture of the current state of prisons in England. HMIP expressed serious concerns about prisoners’ illiteracy levels, lack of education and the resulting impact on prisoners’ rehabilitation and ability to navigate life after prison. A joint HMIP and Ofsted thematic report published in 2022 found that many prisoners have had disrupted schooling and that high numbers cannot read at all or are functionally ill ..read more
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Empathy and Justice: Abortion Rights for Minor Rape Victims in India
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by Aryan Kapoor and Rena Shah
1w ago
Otherwise viewed as a laudable step in addressing rights to abort, India’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 (MTP) inadvertently leaves minor rape victims vulnerable. A recent decision of the Rajasthan High Court has highlighted these gaps, prompting a critical examination of victims’ rights to abort. Section 3(2)(b) of the MTP permits abortion within 24 weeks in cases endangering a pregnant woman’s life or causing grave injury to her mental and physical health. Explanation 2 to Section 3 specifies that mental injury includes trauma from rape-related pregnancies. However, the 24 week l ..read more
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The erasure from Australian schools of education about LGBTIQA+ people
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by Paula Gerber
1w ago
Australia achieved marriage equality in 2017. You would be forgiven for thinking that the next step on the journey towards achieving equality for LGBTIQA+ people would be that the school curriculum would become more inclusive of persons of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions and sex characteristics (SOGIESC). However, the reverse is the case. Australia appears to be on a similar path to the United States, where, following the Supreme Court decision of Obergefell v Hodges allowing marriage equality at a national level, States began enacting laws to erase LGBTIQA+ peop ..read more
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Canadian Youth Climate Action Challenge Proceeds to Trial: La Rose v His Majesty the King
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by Margot Young and Annabel Webb and Bruce Porter
1w ago
As frustration with government inaction grows, youth, especially young women, are occupying positions of leadership and taking governments to court to leverage change. In Canada, where climate change effects are stark, youth activism is on the rise. Filed with the Canadian Federal Court in October 2019, La Rose v His Majesty the King, was brought by 15 young plaintiffs ranging from 10 to 19 years old. They argued that the Canadian government’s failure to take adequate climate action and halt fossil fuel development was breaching both sections 7 and 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Free ..read more
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ACADEMIC FREEDOM AND FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS
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by Almas Shaikh
2w ago
For her upcoming report to the Human Rights Council to be presented in June 2024, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Ms. Farida Shaheed, will consider academic freedom and freedom of expression in educational institutions. OxHRH has contributed to this report by surveying three jurisdictions: India, South Africa and Australia. This report is authored by Prof. Sandra Fredman (Professor Laws of the British Commonwealth and USA), Dr. Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil (Lord and Lady McNair Early Career Fellow in Law), Almas Shaikh (DPhil Candidate), Chelsea Wallis (DPhil ..read more
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The Judicialisation of Party Politics: Pakistan’s Supreme Court confirms the Election Commission can review Intra-Party Elections
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by Raza Nazar
3w ago
On 25 January 2024, the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SCP) held that political parties have a duty to hold intra-party elections. The SCP upheld an order of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) which stated that one of Pakistan’s most popular national parties, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), was ineligible to obtain their election symbol – the Bat – due to a failure to hold intra-party elections. The SCP’s decision has important consequences because those who cannot read rely on symbols to identify the party they want to choose on the ballot. Internationally, the right to form political ..read more
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