CERD's 107th Session
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Naga’s Story: A Human Trafficking Victim on Death Row
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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. Much of the international human rights advocacy on Naga’s case has focused on his mental illnesses and the prohibition on executing the disabled. Although this is important, more emphasis needs to be given to Naga’s position as a victim of human trafficking ..read more
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Where Does Migration Fit in the International Decade of Indigenous Languages?
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1y ago
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.” Despite the important steps the IDIL takes, it fails to address the interactions between language and migration, even though this is critical to a comprehensive approach to preserving, revitalizing, and promoting indigenous languages. In order to live up to the promise of the IDIL, the UN, state governments, indigenous language communities, and other stak ..read more
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The Right to a Healthy Environment: Aspirations vs. Effects
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1y ago
Recently, the United Nations Human Rights Council declared the right to a healthy environment as a human right. Importantly, in recognizing this right, the UNHRC went a step further by highlighting the effects of human actions on climate change. The inspirational effects of these resolutions by the UNHRC are notable and represent a major victory for activists. However, one must consider the potential impacts of the recent UNHRC resolution with a grain of salt. In order to turn the aspirations of the UNHRC into action, leading to practical effects, this initial step must be seen as the starting ..read more
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“A Watershed Moment:” Mexican Supreme Court’s Historic Reproductive Rights Rulings
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1y ago
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 to decriminalise abortion in the state of Coahuila and declare the state’s anti-abortion law to be unconstitutional. Setting Mexico on the path towards complying with its international human rights obligations, these decisions are a major victory spurned by the Marea Verde (Green Wave) feminist movement in Latin America ..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
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-indigenous stance threatens the inherent rights of the indigenous peoples to occupy their traditional lands, which are linked to their cultural and historical traditions. This article analyzes Brazil’s failure to protect the rights of the indigenous peopl ..read more
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Haitian Migration and the Importance of Non-Refoulement
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1y ago
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. For many people, this recent crisis came seemingly out of nowhere. But the events in Del Rio are just one piece of a longer story that has been years in the making and is nowhere near over. In response to the influx of Haitian migrants, the US government has used public health laws and a restrictive definition of asylum to limit the number of migrants allowed into the country without addressing the struct ..read more
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Oil Flows As Lawsuits Continue Over Enbridge’s Line 3 Pipeline
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1y ago
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 ..read more
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The Human Right to Internet Access
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1y ago
Internet access has become an essential part of modern life, necessary to ensure freedom of expression, political participation, health, and other fundamental rights. The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted and exacerbated these widespread issues with internet unreliability or total inaccessibility. This existing inequality creates further imbalances in knowledge and opportunity, disproportionately harming marginalized groups, including children (and especially children of color), women, rural populations, Indigenous populations, and those in the Global South. The harm caused by this digital div ..read more
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Khashoggi’s Forgotten Legacy
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Today marks three years since Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi was horrifically killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. His death sparked outrage worldwide, and his legacy has since then been celebrated as one championing freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and democracy in the Arab world. One important part of his legacy, however, remains generally forgotten: accountability for the civilians killed by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen ..read more
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