Judicial integrity: The missing link?

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Filed under: Anticorruption Governance Human rights Social inclusion

The integrity, independence and impartiality of the judiciary are essential to protecting human rights and fostering economic development. But is this enough to ensure social justice and an inclusive legal state? Unfortunately, for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups across Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the lack of access to justice is widespread. And it… Read more »

Wanted: YOU, to promote human rights and justice

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Filed under: Development Development 2.0 Governance Human rights Social inclusion Social innovation

Originally posted on the HuRiLab website It started with a simple but profoundly daunting question from a young student named Maimuna who I met at the Tashkent Social Enterprise for Employment of Persons with Disabilities during a recent visit to Uzbekistan. She asked me about the United Nations and its functions. I tried to explain… Read more »

Women in parliament: Gender equality is everyone’s business

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Filed under: Gender equality Governance Human rights Social inclusion

Parliaments are the most important representative institutions in governments and yet they remain misunderstood, unpopular, unsupported and in many cases, underused. In Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, the status of gender equality is an example where parliaments can play a stronger role in fulfilling some of their key functions related to lawmaking,… Read more »

Minority rights: loyalty is a two-way street

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Filed under: Human rights

“Are minority rights different?” this is a typical question I am often asked by participants and peers whenever I raise the issue of the protection of minorities under international human rights law. My   first response is no, which is generally followed by a more lengthy response. Minority rights form part of human rights. Persons belonging… Read more »

Let’s walk the talk: Universal Periodic Review

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Filed under: Human rights

In my three recent missions to Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, I confronted a different reality of human rights discourse at the national level. The country specific recommendations generated by the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and accepted by national governments have become a unique mechanism of the United Nations system to initiate dialogue with governments. For… Read more »

Rule of law or rule without law?

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Filed under: Governance Human rights Poverty Social inclusion

The principle that all people, public and private institutions, and all states are accountable to laws that are equally enforced and independently adjudicated is fundamental to governance and human rights. However, realities on the ground are less than ideal. Let’s take the example of the recommendations agreed by United Nations member states through the Universal… Read more »