How do we defeat extremism? Redefine citizenship

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Filed under: Human rights and rule of law Peace and security




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 »

Good intentions, bad results: How inadequate laws in Central Asia violate human rights

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Filed under: Central Asia Development Health HIV Human rights and rule of law




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 »

Awareness is key: Human rights in Armenia

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Filed under: Governance Human rights and rule of law Social inclusion Social innovation




The Human Rights Lab (HuRiLab) Fellowship programme is a unique opportunity for young people in Europe and Central Asia with a passion for human rights to put their ideas into action. The concept behind HuRiLab is simple: Engage more people in addressing the challenges posed by discrimination and marginalization. But how does it apply to the fellowships?

The time is now: Gender (in)equality in Europe and Central Asia

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Filed under: Gender equality Human rights and rule of law Social inclusion




In 2015, it will be 20 years since the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted at the Fourth World Conference on Women, setting up the agenda for improving women’s participation in both public and private life. 2015 also marks the year when the Millennium Development Goals will expire and a new development framework will be… Read more »

Get ready for our Human Rights mash-up on December 10! #IHRD2013

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Filed under: Development 2.0 Governance Human rights and rule of law




Only a few days away from International Human Rights Day – I’m excited to take part in the upcoming events at @UNDPEurasia to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and contribute to this year’s theme 20 Years: Working For Your Rights. What to expect on Tuesday? Join our Twitter takeover… Read more »