Around the world people are dying because they refuse to hate. Every day, people are killed because they stand up for tolerance, deny xenophobes, defy racists and counter religious hatred with tolerance, understanding and charity – principles deeply interwoven with some of the world’s great states and great religions. Identity-based hate crime is only the… Read more »
Posts Categorized: Human rights and rule of law
Despite tangible progress in the justice system, the trust of the Kyrgyz citizens to the court system remains very low. A recent survey shows that 51% of the population believe judges are “very corrupt”, with another 37% thinking they are “somewhat corrupt.” It’s the kind of phenomenon that leads to legal nihilism – where people… Read more »
The recent news out of Kosovo has been bleak. The tensions between the ruling coalition and opposition is growing, while public protests against recent agreements with Serbia and Montenegro have turned violent. But let’s take a step back and look at the other side of the story.
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.”
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 »