To be a truly progressive party Labour need a Manifesto for Social Rights

By Paul Hunt

People have a inalienable right to a decent home, a good healthcare system, education, and social security. Labour need to start stating this.

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Corbyn is the first leader of the Labour Party to talk explicitly about social rights. And increasingly, the UK’s national human rights institutions are using explicit social rights language. This might be how we realise a new progressive politics.

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE 166TH PERIOD OF SESSIONS OF THE INTER-AMERICAN COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS

By Paola Limón

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Paola Limón, Senior Research Officer at the Human Rights Centre/School of Law of the University of Essex, was present at the 166th Period of Sessions of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) as part of the research activities under the ESRC-funded Human Rights Law Implementation Project (HRLIP). The blog refers to the two main public activities that took place during these sessions: the Forum of the Inter-American Human Rights System and the IACHR’s public thematic hearings. At both these activities, domestic implementation of international human rights obligations came across as a central concern for all relevant actors, with the HRLIP presenting its preliminary findings on this matter in relation to Canada.

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, Nina Giraudel, Manon Clayette, and Ayushi Kalyan

Each week students at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepare an overview of the past week’s human rights related news stories from around the world. 

International 

Going Blue: Buildings illuminated in blue in support of human rights – Human Rights Watch

Africa 

Rebels kill 15 peacekeepers in Congo in worst attack on U.N. in recent history – Reuters

Zimbabwe: Victims of mass 1980s killings still wait for justice – Al Jazeera

Ethiopia: New Spate of Abusive Surveillance – Human Rights Watch

Not enough being done to shield civilians from violence in Somalia – UN report-  UN News Centre

Women take to streets to demand end to South Sudan war– Al Jazeera

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Besir Ozbek, Agathe Artus, Övünç Güneş, Francesca Fazio

Each week students at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepare an overview of the past week’s human rights related news stories from around the world. 

International

World AIDS Day: UN calls for renewed commitment to make epidemic ‘a thing of the past’ – UN News Centre

Journalists living in fear as states crack down on press freedom – The Guardian

UN relief wing appeals for record $22.5 billion in aid for 2018 – UN News Centre

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: Remove physical and cultural barriers; build inclusive societies ‘for, by and with persons with disabilities’ – UN News Centre
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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Manon Clayette, Sweekruthi Keshavamurthy, and Ayushi Kalyan

Each week students at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepare an overview of the past week’s human rights related news stories from around the world. 

International

No man will reach full potential unless women reach theirs, UN says on Day of Eliminating Violence– UN News Centre

Third Committee adopts resolution on human rights defenders by consensus – International Service for Human Rights

HIV/AIDS: Fewer deaths, but infections still rising – AlJeezera

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International Human Rights News: Weekly Roundup

By Giulia CarliniUdita Sharma,  Tola AkindipeTommaso Poli

Each week students at the University of Essex Human Rights Centre prepare an overview of the past week’s human rights related news stories from around the world. 

  • Africa

Chaos in Zimbabwe after Mugabe fails to announce expected resignation – The Guardian

Political Clashes in Kenya Leave Several Dead – The New York Times

Nigeria: Prison Congestion as Denial of Human Rights – What Govt is Doing – AllAfrica

Where are Burundi’s missing witnesses to crimes against humanity? – Irin News

Kenya Supreme Court Sides With Incumbent in Presidential Revote – The New York Times

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