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There’s more to democracy than elections

24 April 2014 |  by  |  Asia Pacific, Human Rights  |  No Comments

Living in New Zealand it’s easy to take the human rights we enjoy for granted, and to forget how much more there is to democracy than holding elections.

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Lessons from beyond the mass grave

If the international community is truly committed to stopping mass atrocities, it must ensure that its mechanisms are effective. States and individuals must know that they cannot act with impunity.

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‘The true worth of our presence’ – Syrian lawyers risk detention and death in the name of justice

17 April 2014 |  by  |  Crisis, MENA, Security and Human Rights, Syria  |  No Comments

We are afraid. But we continue working because we feel what we can offer is worth the struggle, and because by doing so we are affirming our humanity.

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Turkey Twitter trial

Their crime? Sending out tweets during the first few days of the Gezi Park protests last June. If found guilty, they could face up to 3 years in prison.

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Youth voices rising at international meeting in New York

14 April 2014 |  by  |  Demand Dignity, UN  |  No Comments

It’s been 20 years since the Cairo agreement on population and development saw the world shift its focus to people, their dignity and their rights – away from statistics. This week, we are at the UN in New York to see how far the world has come in making that a reality.

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The military occupation of Maré ahead of Brazil’s World Cup

Early morning, the streets of Rio de Janeiro’s Maré complex of favelas (slums) woke up to a military occupation by around 2,700 federal Army troops.

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