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Mauritania child maids ignite social debate
November 21, 2014 - 11:00am EST
I’ll preface this blog by saying that I have good news and bad news. The bad news is that the Global Slavery Index 2014 was released recently and reports that there are close to 36 million modern day slaves in the world, roughly 0.5% of the world’s total population. Startlingly, these numbers are a significant increase to previous estimates, due to what the report calls “improved accuracy and precision of measures,” and [...] Read More
Chinese ship attacking a Vietnamese ship (Photo courtesy of CNN)
November 19, 2014 - 4:00pm EST
Marked with glamour and excitement, China’s capital Beijing has not held such a monumental event since hosting the 2008 Olympics. World leaders and foreign dignitaries recently attended the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit to discuss trade agreements and increase regional cooperation. Although many agreements were reached between countries, the summit was marked with high tension due to China’s aggressive [...] Read More
November 19, 2014 - 11:00am EST
One of the most widely ratified human rights treaties is that which protects the world’s youngest citizens: the Convention on the Rights of the Child. The convention provides many international protections for children that are already covered under national legislation today. These protections range from life, name, and nationality to expression of opinion, freedom of thought, privacy, identity, and many additional [...] Read More
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim and US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew
November 18, 2014 - 12:00pm EST
This Letter to the Editor was published in The Washington Post on November 14, 2014. In his Nov. 9 op-ed, “What the World Bank won’t utter,” Philip Alston made the case for the World Bank to support human rights, but he ignored the role that protecting human rights (and addressing global poverty) plays in ensuring the security of all nations. Too many nations, including the United States, resist enforcing human rights [...] Read More
A stateless man collects cocoa on a small plantation near Bouafle, Côte d’Ivoire. Most of the 700,000 people estimated to be stateless in the West African country are comprised of descendants of foreign immigrants who came to work on the country’s cocoa plantations many decades ago. Legislative reforms in 2013 mean that many finally have the chance to acquire citizenship. / UNHCR/ Greg Constantine/ 2010
November 17, 2014 - 9:00am EST
What would you do if you literally were not considered a person? Today over 10 million stateless people are living that reality – a life where no state recognizes them as a part of their legal community. Our lives are intricately linked to the states into which we’re born, and our citizenship brings with it basic access to schools, health care, employment, and an extensive bundle of other rights and privileges. But [...] Read More
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