Category: Thinking on Human Rights

Transition to Democracy

During the1970s and 80s dictatorships throughout much of Latin-America, thousands were illegally incarcerated, tortured, summarily executed, disappeared or forced into exile. Young…

The Emergence of Religious Pluralism

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), signed in 1966 under the auspices of the United Nations, gives people the right to freedom of religion. Article 18 of the…

Rethinking Human Rights

I sit in my Bogotá office, catching up with reading in international law. I sometimes wonder whether to bother. Here in Colombia, reality makes the language of human rights seem useless…

Reclaiming the Disappeared

The four women sat blindfolded and bound in the clandestine prison in La Plata, Argentina. Only one lived to tell the story. And her story, a reflection of the dark time of the 1980s Argentine…

Perspective on Human Rights

In the last 20 years, Latin America has experienced a shift in the scope and debate regarding human rights compliance. In the 80s, Central America was immersed in civil wars, and South…

Indigenous Rights

In recent human rights practice, Latin America’s indigenous peoples have fared better than its Army officers. While government efforts to apply the rule of law to military officers have been…

Harvard Forum on Human Rights in Brazil

The Harvard Forum on Human Rights in Brazil spotlights Harvard faculty and research centers engaged in human rights and Brazil-related research. It also features Brazilian scholars…

Internationalizing Human Rights

The internationalization of human rights standards, under way for decades, has accelerated in recent years. More countries than ever before have incorporated human rights norms and…

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