Regarding Rights

Academic and activist perspectives on human rights


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Legal Rights for the Poor

By Ana Maria Vargas
Lund University and the University of Milan

Street vendors' tents, Bogotá

Street vendors’ tents, Bogotá

Being poor, uneducated and unemployed can be a crime in many places in the world, particularly if you decide to sell food or other products in the streets. The penalties for selling products without a license or some other form of lawful permission are potentially as high as six months imprisonment in countries like Egypt, and can include the confiscation of a vendor’s goods and fines that have to be paid to the municipality. The plight of global street vendors is exemplified by the story of Mohamed Bouazizi, the Tunisian fruit and vegetable vendor who set himself on fire in 2010 as a protest following the confiscation of his goods by the police, becoming a catalyst for the Tunisian revolution and the Arab Spring. 

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CIGJ News & Events

CIGJ is looking forward to welcoming Professor Stephan Parmentier, who will be visiting us in the last week of October. Stephan is Professor of Sociology of Crime, Law, and Human Rights at the K.U. Leuven (Belgium). He is an internationally acclaimed scholar of political crime, transitional justice and human rights, and the administration of criminal justice. While at the Centre Stephen will participate in a workshop on transitional justice, present a seminar on truth commissions and victim reparations, and will host a masterclass dealing with the vital question of how to finish a PhD.


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Women in Australian prisons and why they need human rights protections

Oath 2009, by Carolyn McKay.  Reproduced with permission of the artist.

Oath 2009, by Carolyn McKay.
Reproduced with permission of the artist.

By Anita Mackay

Monash University

The ACT Human Rights Commission is currently conducting an audit and review of the treatment of women in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC). This raises the broader question of “what human rights do women in Australian prisons have?”[1] Continue Reading →