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Call for Abstracts: Workshop on Human Rights and Vulnerability in Utrecht

As part of the FRAME project, the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) organizes an academic workshop on Human Rights and Vulnerability: Conceptualization, Contestation and Resilience on 5 April 2017. This workshop aims to bring together an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars working on the intersections of human rights and the notion of vulnerability.

The organizers are looking for abstracts on the links between human rights and vulnerability. Click here for the call.

Op-Ed: ‘The Colombian Peace Accord: A Beacon of Hope in a Dark Year for Human Rights’

Straal van hoopThe 10th of December is “Human Rights Day”: on this day, now 68 years ago, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. However, there is not much to celebrate this year. War crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Syria and many other conflicts around the world have become a daily reality. Nationalism and populism are on the rise worldwide, the fight against terrorism has put pressure on the delicate balance between security and human rights, and the gap between the rich and the poor is widening every single day. And yet there are some beacons of hope. The Colombian peace accord is one of them.

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Op-Ed: ‘The EU’s Commitment to Human Rights: A Bridge Over Troubled Water?’

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor csdp missionOver the years since its creation, the EU has developed a unique commitment to human rights, culminating with the Lisbon Treaty, which gave binding status to the Charter of Fundamental Rights and listed human rights among the Union’s foundational values. This commitment means that human rights must consistently be the Union’s compass for action. On the occasion of Human Rights Day 2016, it is no luxury to restate this, and to take stock of how this commitment is being implemented in troubled times. For human rights are increasingly threatened, both within the EU and in the rest of the world.
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New book: Human Rights or Global Capitalism

nowakThe fall of communism in the late 1980s and the end of the Cold War seemed to signal a new international social order built on pluralist democracy, the rule of law, and universal human rights. But the window of opportunity for creating this more just, more equal, and more secure world slammed shut just as quickly as it opened. Rather than celebrate the triumph of democracy over autocracy, or political freedom over totalitarian rule, the West exulted in the victory of capitalism over communism. Neoliberal policies of deregulation and privatization that minimized the role of the state were imposed on the transitional societies of Central and Eastern Europe, as well as economically weak and politically fragile nations in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Twenty-five years later, the world reaps the fruits of that market-driven state foundation: inequality; poverty; global economic, food, financial, social, and ecological crises; transnational organized crime and terrorism; proliferating weapons; fragile states.
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New Reports Online

Over the last few months, FRAME research has accelerated, and many results have been obtained. This has led to a surge of new reports published on the FRAME website on a wide variety of themes. We expect a dozen more reports to appear in the coming weeks.

For a full update, please visit the complete list of reports. By clicking on the title of a report, you will be redirected to a summary of its contents and will be able to download the pdf file.

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New Search Function

FRAME reports on the EU and Human Rights are now searchable

Where can I find detailed commentaries of the new EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democratisation?

What is the latest analysis on policy coherence in relation to EU human rights policies?

How does the EU’s CSDP affect human rights in conflict zones?

What is the added value of human rights indicators for EU policy-making?

Find answers to these and many more questions in relation to the EU and human rights. Browse through the more than 50 FRAME reports using the link:

www.fp7-frame.eu/reports

Utrecht Declaration On Academic Freedom

Meeting at Utrecht University for our annual conference, we, the Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI), deplore the actions and threats of actions of an increasing number of States to restrain and even foreclose academic freedom, in the name of security, public order, counter-terrorism, counter-crime or counter-extremism, through a variety of measures, including disciplinary actions, dismissals, criminal prosecutions, physical violence, travel restrictions and widespread intimidation of numerous scholars, teachers, students and academic institutions.

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Venice School of Human Rights, FRAME Panel ‘The European Union for Human Rights Defenders – failures, successes, and future challenges’

A Frame Panel was hosted as Plenary Meeting (29 June 2016, 14.30-1630, Aula Magna) by the Venice School of Human Rights at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC). Observations were presented by the FRAME team (Prof. Wolfgang Benedek and Dr. Pierre Schmitt) and were followed by the response from the EU institutions (Garrett O’Brien, Policy Officer in the Human Rights Strategy and Policy Implementation Division of the European External Action Service, and the voice from the civil society community itself (Gaëlle Dusepulchre, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDHR) Representative to the European Union).
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