Today, as the world celebrates Human Rights Day, the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) is launching a year-long campaign to bring awareness of everyone’s human rights. As the UN Secretary-General stated, “Today we reaffirm our commitment to protecting human rights as the foundation of our work.”
Posts Categorized: Human rights and rule of law
Addressing the past is sometimes the only way to work toward reconciliation. 2014 was a year of major progress in Bosnia and Herzegovina for extending access to justice, free legal aid, and support to enhance the search for missing persons.
The road to justice in Kyrgyzstan is a bumpy one. To receive legal advice or consultation, people need to travel at least five-eight kilometres, on average, and pay about US $25-35 for the service. With salaries averaging at around $380, it is no surprise that many do not seek legal aid; some do not think it… Read more »
With the Decade of Roma Inclusion nearing its end, what do Roma themselves have to say about education, employment, housing and discrimination? How do we get not only reliable data, but also insights into real needs?
One of the less pleasant things associated with Kyrgyzstan is the cruel tradition of “bride kidnapping”. Recent research from local NGOs show that at least fifty percent of the marriages in the country involve elements of this ritual. Essentially, “bride kidnapping” is the ritual of ambushing a young woman and detaining her until she agrees… Read more »
A common trap in development work is thinking that the service you’re providing will address all the needs of those who will use it. But what would you learn that you otherwise might not if you involved everyday citizens in the design of public sector services?
Recent statistics reveals the alarming prevalence of violence against women in Serbia: 54 percent of women were exposed to some form of violence during their lifetime, while only 10 percent contacted services for assistance. This violence presents a complex social problem. It is both a root cause of gender inequality as well as an extreme… Read more »
Economists and development professionals are not always natural bedfellows. I suspect that most fund managers often disregard the development folks with their “fuzzy math” and wonky jargon. Similarly, a lot of development professionals probably don’t understand how a credit-default swap works. Does it matter?
In last week’s blog post, I wrote about the hackathon idea, and how we’re planning it to use it in Belarus to kick off Shift week. We chose to explore three overarching themes: healthy lifestyles, environmental protection, and disability-friendly employment. We held an open call for ideas and out of the 20 applications received, nine seemed like… Read more »
I have lived and worked in Eastern Europe and Central Asia for most of my professional life. As a human rights lawyer, I am always happy to observe when adequate legal solutions are found, paving the road to progress and development in our region. It is equally difficult for me to see the process in… Read more »