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Human Rights

The LGBT movement in Peru

What are the dynamics of the Peruvian LGBT movement and what has been the influence of national and international actors in its functioning? This is the main question that Marten van den Berge, hosted by the Programme for Democracy and Global Transformation (PDGT) in Lima, will explore in the next 9 months.

Since 2006 the Nicaraguan abortion law eliminates all forms of therapeutic abortion in the country with a penalty of up to three years in prison. This paper considers the 2006 Nicaraguan abortion law reform by looking at the situation in the country, with special attention to women’s rights, in particular reproductive rights—and, more specifically, abortion rights. The paper shows that the reform is unrepresentative of the attitudes and opinions of much of its civil society members, namely, women’s organisations.

This article focuses on the issue of maternal mortality in Tanzania  from a human rights perspective. It deals with the findings of a study  conducted in 2008, which examined the role of civil society actors in  framing and claiming rights. During the research process, qualitative  interviews were carried out with non-governmental organizations and  focus group discussions were held with rural women in Tanzania. A key  thrust of the research was to examine how reproductive rights are  translated into the local context and how they are in turn used by civil  society actors.

Pull the Plug

Is it time to start talking about the right to disconnect? There is so much expectation and focus on being connected to the internet, that it seems like we don't have a choice. We hear a lot about how the internet should be considered as one of the basic human rights. As more of the world gets connected through the World Wide Web, and information becomes the new capital, there is a digital divide that emerges between those who can surf the web with ease, and those who struggle to boot their computers.

GISWatch wins WSIS project prize from ITU

Hivos and The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) were pleased to accept the WSIS Project Prize from the International Telecommunications Union for the achievements of the GISWatch project under the category "The role of public governance authorities and all stakeholders in the promotion of ICT for development".

Our world is changing quickly and profoundly. Rich and poor – regardless of where they live – are faced with increasingly ‘thick’ problems and social change is more politicized and contested than ever before. And yet, most international development NGOs (INGOs) keep offering ‘thin’ solutions to these problems. Solutions geared to measurable material success. Solutions that are aimed at increasing participation in unsustainable economies and polities.

Read this interesting personal account of Amjad Baiazy, the Syrian human rights and civil society activist, who was imprisoned by the Syrian authorities on May 12, 2011 and released on June 30, 2011. While in prison, Amajd Baiazy engaged in discussions with inmates on the myths and realities surrounding the Syrian revolution. In this personal account and analysis, Amjad Baiazy addresses the topics of sectarianism, start of the revolution in Daraa, role of Islamists and ‘conspiracy theories’.  

Summary Report Challenges to Transitional Justice in Syria: Facing the Geopolitical Context

On Wednesday, 12 March, The Hague Institute hosted a roundtable titled, “Challenges to Transitional Justice (TJ) in Syria – Facing the Geopolitical Context.” Part of the Institute's Roundtable Series, the event was organized in close collaboration with Impunity Watch, PAX and HIVOS. It gathered a select group of approximately 30 practitioners, legal scholars from academic and non-governmental institutions, and Dutch policymakers.

Iranian Activists in Cyberspace

The protests that occurred after the Iranian presidential elections have vanished from our television screens and newspapers. However, according to Mahboubeh Abbasgholizadeh the Iranian opposition is very active on the Web which has become the alternative for the streets.

Transitional justice is an urgent priority in post-revolutionary Arab states. Tunisia, Egypt and Libya have yet to properly embark on inclusive transitional justice processes to address human rights abuses of the past and the deep divides caused by turbulent political transitions, thus paving the way for national reconciliation.

The record so far has been mixed, with Tunisia making some progress while Egypt and Libya lag very much behind. As long as a fundamental consensus among key political players is absent, justice and accountability measures can easily turn to vengeance and destabilise the new political order. A transparent transitional justice would help build public confidence in the transition and heal the wounds caused by decades of repression.