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Historic Wins for Democracy and Rights in El Salvador

Historic Wins for Democracy and Rights in El Salvador

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Recently there have been two giant wins for democracy, human rights, and the environment in an unlikely spot: the small, embattled nation of El Salvador. What lessons can be learned, and can nations and activists build on these two victories?

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Securing Protection for De Facto Refugees: The Case of Central America’s Northern Triangle

| June 9, 2017
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The Northern Triangle of Central America is one of the most violent regions of the world. However, those fleeing the violence are unable to find adequate protection either within their own countries, in the broader region, or internationally. This essay calls for updating the definition of the term “refugee” under international law, as well as greater domestic recognition of the violence.






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Rebirth of Universal Jurisdiction?

| May 4, 2017
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A recent NGO report documented a 30 percent rise in universal jurisdiction cases worldwide just when it seemed like the principle was on the decline. What’s driving this resurgence and what are the implications?






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A Conversation on Statelessness with Kristy Belton

A Conversation on Statelessness with Kristy Belton

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In this interview, Kristy A. Belton talks about statelessness–which affects more than ten million people worldwide–including why it persists and how we can end it. Belton’s most recent essay on statelessness appears in the Spring 2017 issue of Ethics & International Affairs.






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Human Rights, Global Ethics, and the Ordinary Virtues

| March 10, 2017
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Drawing on research from site-visits to eight countries, this essay explores whether human rights has become a global ethic, and, if so, how the concept of human rights influences or structures private moral decision-making.






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Heeding the Clarion Call in the Americas: The Quest to End Statelessness

| March 10, 2017
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In 2014, the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees launched the #IBelong Campaign to eradicate statelessness by 2024. Given that UN Secretary-General António Guterres and others have identified the Americas as having the potential to be the first region to end statelessness, this essay evaluates the region’s progress towards that goal.






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Rethinking the Concept of a “Durable Solution”: Sahrawi Refugee Camps Four Decades On

Rethinking the Concept of a “Durable Solution”: Sahrawi Refugee Camps Four Decades On

| March 10, 2017
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The Sahrawi people have been housed in refugee camps in Tindouf, Algeria since 1975. This essay uses the case of the Sahrawi to illustrate the problematic nature of refugee camps, which are intended to serve a transitional purpose but ultimately become de facto long-term solutions, depriving refugees of their political and social rights indefinitely.






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Introduction

| December 14, 2016
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The last few decades have seen a lively philosophical debate surrounding human rights. Allen Buchanan’s book The Heart of Human Rights constitutes an important and novel contribution to this debate, focusing on the moral dimensions of international legal human rights (ILHRs) and the institutions responsible for their existence and implementation.






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