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29 Nov 2011 description

Human rights issues are notoriously controversial. Debates rage around numerous issues, not least the validity and universality of human rights themselves. However, the detention of children for immigration purposes stands out as one human rights issue for which there is a remarkable extent of consensus, in both the damage it causes and the need for action to bring it to an end.

20 Dec 2010 description

Executive Summary

1. Introduction: The Research

This report is the outcome of an enquiry into the human rights implications of contemporary patterns of social control - how laws, policies and administrative regulations define, construct and respond to people, behaviour or status defined as "undesirable", "dangerous", criminal or socially problematic.

20 Dec 2010 description


Power, Corruption and Violence: AStructural Perspective

Corruption has been given increased attention in recent years. A taboo subject until the early 1990s, it is recognised today to be one of the biggest obstacles to development. The adoption of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC), which came into force in 2005, reflects this emerging consensus.

20 Dec 2010 description

Introduction and Overview

Why examine plural legal orders?

This report is written for human rights advocates and policy-makers who find themselves in contexts where a specific dispute or subject matter is governed by multiple norms, laws or forums that co-exist within a single jurisdiction.

20 Dec 2010 description


En los últimos 40 años se ha desarrollado una nutrida literatura especializada sobre corrupción. Lo mismo encontramos importantes estudios con análisis económicos y econométricos, que investigaciones que buscan dar cuenta de sus implicaciones como fenómeno social. A la tarea de explicar y comprender la corrupción han acudido especialistas en derecho, antropología, sociología y, una larga lista de disciplinas que no es este el lugar pertinente para enlistar.

01 Jul 2010 description

Migration policies across the world are driven by three core concerns: law and border enforcement, economic interest, and protection. This report argues that official policies are failing partly because one of these concerns, protection, has been marginalised. Intensified efforts to suppress migration have not deterred people from seeking security or opportunity abroad but drive many into clandestinity, while the promotion of open economic markets has attracted millions of people to centres of prosperity but tolerated widespread exploitation.

01 Nov 2009 description

This report is written for human rights advocates and policy-makers who find themselves in contexts where a specific dispute or subject matter is governed by multiple norms, laws or forums that co-exist within a single jurisdiction. Plural legal orders occur in numerous circumstances: for example, where different family laws apply to specific ethno-cultural groups, where customary dispute resolution mechanisms operate without state sanction, where non-state legal orders (such as alternative dispute resolution mechanisms) are established.

24 Jun 2009 description


This paper considers current human rights claims in relation to sexual rights, in formal human rights structures and processes. It shows that troublesome but predictable disjunctures continue to constrain the evolution of coherent and progressive policy positions in this area. Given that there is powerful opposition to sexual rights and sexual rights work globally, more coherence is keenly needed.

01 Feb 2009 description

What impact does corruption have on enjoyment of human rights, including economic, social and cultural rights? When can human rights principles and tools help to curb and prevent corruption? In recent years, governments, NGOs and international organisations have taken many initiatives to fight corruption. However, these efforts have rarely been analysed from the point of view of human rights, despite their potential and relevance.

01 Jul 2008 description

In recent decades, the worldwide human rights movement has seemed to make progress in attempting to create support for its values. More governments have formally incorporated human rights principles into national law, and many countries have held elections that brought more democratic and pluralist regimes into power. This said, civil liberties and the foundations of multilateral co-operation have been set back by recent events. There is deep concern at the emergence of a more polarised and security-driven political environment since the attacks against the United States in September 2001.

01 Jun 2008 description

This report discusses a spectrum of human rights concerns raised by anthropogenic climate change and by the strategies devised to address it. It does not seek to reframe climate change as a "human rights issue" or to buttress the many existing grounds for urgent cuts in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions with human rights rationale.

01 Jun 2008 description

Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Kosovo, Rwanda, the Philippines, Chechnya, Somalia, Northern Ireland, Spain. Armed groups are active in numerous civil conflicts. Considered "terrorists" by some, and "liberation fighters" by others, there can be no doubt that such groups have been responsible for serious abuses of human rights.

01 May 2008 description

Have human rights organisations responded adequately to the threat of international terrorism and official responses to that threat?

01 Dec 2007 description

The International Council on Human Rights Policy was created ten years ago to deliver relevant and useful ideas in the field of human rights policy. To reflect its first ten years of activity, the Council has produced this document, which surveys recent trends in human rights and, more speculatively, looks forward at some of the large issues that lie ahead.

01 Dec 2006 description

The report examines human rights provisions in peace agreements, to shed some light on the role that they have in peace processes more generally. While the focus on peace agreements is somewhat artificial, it provides a clear basis for comparisons between countries. Peace agreements, even if unsuccessful, form at least 'snap-shots' of possible frameworks for moving away from violent conflict.

01 Sep 2006 description

Since the Universal Declaration on Human Rights was adopted in 1948, numerous human rights standards have been created at the initiative of states, non-governmental organisations, victims, and other actors. These standards have transformed international law.

Human Rights Standards: Learning from Experience examines the history of human rights standard-setting and the options available to those who advocate for new standards in the future. It considers where new standards are needed, the forms they should take, where they can be negotiated, and what actors should be involved.

01 Dec 2005 description

Les institutions nationales des droits de l'homme (INDH) sont aujourd'hui reconnues, sans l'ombre d'un doute, comme des partenaires clefs en matière de protection et de promotion de droits humains aux niveaux national et régional.

01 Dec 2005 description

National human rights institutions (NHRIs) are now, beyond a doubt, valued as essential partners in the task of protecting and promoting human rights at the national and regional levels. This is reflected, not least, in the resolution adopted in 2005 by the Commission for Human Rights, inviting NHRIs to participate in all agenda items of the Commission (resolution 2005/74). There is indeed a significant increase in the demands made on NHRIs by all stakeholders to act as key actors in the protection and promotion of human rights.