CERD's 107th Session
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4M ago
By Irene Rizzolatti, Rammya Rajan, and Shayla Sullivan The Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (“CERD”) convened its 107th Session to review the policies and practices of the United States of America (“U.S.”) with civil society representatives, Country Rapporteurs, and representatives of the U.S government in Geneva, Switzerland from August 8-11.  Importance of CERD CERD holds governments accountable for their international obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (“ICERD”). It does so by evaluating state pra ..read more
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Naga’s Story: A Human Trafficking Victim on Death Row
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1y ago
by Madhavi Narayanan On Tuesday, March 1, Singapore will decide whether to execute Nagaenthran Dharmalingam (known as “Naga”), a Tamil Malaysian man who was set to be hanged last November for drug trafficking. Naga’s mental state is such that he does not know he is on death row. Despite multiple appeals, expert testimony as to his intellectual disability, over 10 years on death row, and international cries for clemency, only one thing temporarily stayed his execution: Naga’s COVID-19 positive result. As Singapore’s Court of Appeals prepares for one last hearing before ordering his execution in ..read more
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Where Does Migration Fit in the International Decade of Indigenous Languages?
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by Promise Institute
1y ago
by Amy McMeeking   Elementary school children in the Quiché department of Guatemala. Quiché is home to several indigenous Mayan languages, such as Ixil and K’iche’, that are spoken by immigrant communities in the United States. Photo from Sam Lee via Flickr.   2022 begins the United Nations (UN) International Decade of Indigenous Languages (IDIL), which aims to “draw attention to the critical loss of indigenous languages and the urgent need to preserve, revitalize and promote indigenous languages.” These goals align with language justice, which several civil society organizations ha ..read more
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Alumni Spotlight: Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti, Centre for Economic and Social Rights
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by Promise Institute
1y ago
An interview with Ohene Yaw Ampofo-Anti, Program Associate at Centre for Economic and Social Rights (CESR)UCLA Law School Alumni Class of 2019 When were you at UCLA and where did you do your undergraduate studies? I was at UCLA from August 2018 until May 2019 to do an LLM with specializations in Public Interest Law and Policy; and Critical Race Studies. Before my LLM, I did an LLB (Bachelor of Laws) at the University of Cape Town from 2009 until 2013. What is your current role? I am a Program Associate. In my role, I provide research and advocacy support across several CESR projects, with a pa ..read more
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The Right to a Healthy Environment: Aspirations vs. Effects
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by Promise Institute
1y ago
by Landry Ballance   The recognition of the right to a healthy environment by the UNHRC is a distinct and hard-won victory that sends an impactful and aspirational message to activists. Photo by Noah Buscher on Unsplash.   Human health is intimately connected to the environment in which one lives.  As research has shown, defects in the natural environment can negatively affect human health and well-being.  For example, pollutants alone have been linked to heart disease, respiratory illness, and even some cancers.  By World Health Organization estimates, as many as 13 ..read more
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“A Watershed Moment:” Mexican Supreme Court’s Historic Reproductive Rights Rulings
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by Promise Institute
1y ago
by Nalinaksha Singh The Supreme Court of Mexico has recently pronounced a series of landmark rulings championing reproductive justice. The foremost of these rulings is the Court’s unanimous decision (10-0) to decriminalise abortion in the state of Coahuila and declare the state’s regressive anti-abortion law to be unconstitutional. As stated by Chief Justice Arturo Zaldívar, this decision is “a watershed moment in the history of the rights of all women, especially the most vulnerable.” The Coahuila Ruling Coahuila is one of Mexico’s northern states. It shares a border with Texas. Locator map ..read more
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Denial of Indigenous Rights: Analyzing Brazil’s failure to protect the Indigenous Peoples of the Amazon
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1y ago
by Aisiri Raj and Rahul Rajasekar   Brazil’s failed land demarcation policy has allowed extractive industries to access natural resources on indigenous lands, especially in the Amazon. Photo by Wilson Dias/Agência Brasil on Wikimedia Commons.   In the past few years, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has embarked on the commercialization of indigenous lands in the name of economic development, which has forced the indigenous peoples of the Amazon to defend their lands and resources. Although such attacks on indigenous peoples’ rights are not new, President Bolsonaro’s explicit anti ..read more
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Haitian Migration and the Importance of Non-Refoulement
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1y ago
by Amy McMeeking   Makeshift shelters in Port-au-Prince following Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. In the years that followed, many Haitians migrated to South and North America. In September 2021, thousands of these migrants found themselves sheltering in similarly precarious conditions near Del Rio, Texas. Photo by United Nations on Flickr.   In the last few months, the world has been transfixed by stories and images of the thousands of mostly Haitian migrants camped out under a bridge near the small border town of Del Rio, Texas. The now-iconic photograph of Customs and Border Patrol agen ..read more
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Oil Flows As Lawsuits Continue Over Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline
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1y ago
by Monica Heger Canadian company Enbridge Energy completed the construction of its controversial Line 3 pipeline replacement project late September 2021, and oil began flowing earlier this month - even as lawsuits continue to work their way through the courts. The Biden administration’s silence raises questions about his commitment to human rights and Indigenous sovereignty, and his seriousness about addressing the climate crisis.   Artists and activists at with local environmental advocacy group 350 Madison urged the shutdown of the Enbridge Line 3 pipeline in front of the Wisconsin Sta ..read more
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The Human Right to Internet Access
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by Promise Institute
1y ago
by Logan Miller Internet access has become an essential part of modern life, necessary to ensure freedom of expression, political participation, health, and other fundamental rights. It provides an invaluable space where marginalized communities initiate social change and identities are created.    Globally, the realization of the right to internet access will involve significant international cooperation. Photo by Gerd Altmann on Pixabay.   Global citizens overwhelmingly agree that internet access is a fundamental human right, with a 2010 survey finding that four in five indiv ..read more
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