Regarding Rights contributor and former CIGJ Visiting PhD Scholar Rumyana Grozdanova recently published a piece with Konstantina Tzouvala on proposals by the British Government to deprive terrorism suspects of their British passports, even if doing so will leave them stateless. Continue Reading →
The CIGJ is pleased to announce that applications for its 2014 Visiting PhD Scholar Program are now open. Continue Reading →
By Summer Wood,
New York University
Having a birth certificate is a basic human right, established by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (art. 15), the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (art. 24), and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (art. 7). A birth certificate is regarded as the ‘first human right’ and can provide a gateway to the realization of many other civil, political, economic, and social rights for children, including access to health and education services, and protection from human rights violations such as child labor, child marriage, trafficking, and criminal prosecution as an adult.
We have had a lively few weeks at the Centre, with some of our favourite regular visitors returning and engaging our intellectual community with their usual generosity of spirit and clarity of insight. Professor Stephen Parmentier, of K.U. Leuven (Belgium), opened a workshop on ‘Current issues in transitional justice’ with a wonderful survey of the field, its origins, and his perception of priorities for future research. Continue Reading →
In April 2013, the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) conducted its second evaluation of Canada’s human rights progress under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The final report, which takes the form of recommendations from member states of the UNHRC, identified a number of concerns, including: the lack of a national action plan to reduce high levels of poverty; excessive use of force by police against citizens in marginalized communities; a failure to uphold the basic rights of Indigenous peoples; gender inequality; and violence against women and children, Indigenous women and girls in particular.
Central to the UPR report is a broad sense that Canada is failing to fully implement its international human rights commitments. Continue Reading →