Category Archives: Law

Jul 7 2017

Non-Refoulement as Lex Specialis?

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By Jenny Poon* Academic debates often surround whether refugee law is lex specialis, so that when both refugee law and human rights law apply in the same scenario, refugee law will take precedence over and displace the human rights law … Continue reading

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Jun 19 2017

Violence Against Doctors: A Subtle Violation of Human Rights

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*By Ananye Krishna In the state of Maharashtra, generally, the people and the doctors are not aware of their rights and liabilities. This lack of awareness leads to the grief and anger of patients being targeted at the first person … Continue reading

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Jun 5 2017

The Regressive Russian Amendment

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By Surya Rajkumar* Note: This post was originally published in Oxford University’s Human Rights Blog. It has been republished with minor edits here. To read the original, visit http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk/domestic-violence-and-the-regressive-russian-amendment/ On the 8th of February 2017, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into … Continue reading

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May 19 2017

Revisiting India’s Obligations against Custodial Torture

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By Aditya Manubarwala* Although it has been 20 years since India signed the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, a ratification of the same is still nowhere on the anvil. India does … Continue reading

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Mar 24 2017

Women’s Rights in Retrograde: Understanding the Contentious Politics of Gender Violence Law in Nicaragua

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By Pamela Neumann, Ph.D.* Last month, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a new law reducing the penalty for some forms of domestic abuse from a prison sentence to a fine. Although the legislation has been roundly criticized by international human rights … Continue reading

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Feb 22 2017

Battle of Mosul: Mass Displacement of Natives and a Blatant Violation of International Humanitarian Laws

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By P Avinash Reddy* Islamic State of Iraq and Levante (ISIL/ISIS) startled the international community when it seized and established control over the city of Mosul in June 2014. Since then, the city had become a major hub for terrorist … Continue reading

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Feb 2 2017

“Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry” And Other Bogeymen: Is Trump’s Populism Compatible With The Rule Of Law?

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By Laurin Liu* Totalitarianism begins in contempt for what you have. The second step is the notion: “Things must change—no matter how, Anything is better than what we have.” Totalitarian rulers organize this kind of mass sentiment, and by organizing … Continue reading

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Jan 24 2017

Trampling Human Rights in Kashmir

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4 year old Nasir’s eye was badly damaged when Indian force personnel inserted a sharp metal object into it (Source: Ahmer Khan).  *By Umar Lateef Misgar According to the CIA’s World Factbook, Jammu & Kashmir, commonly referred to as Kashmir, is occupied by … Continue reading

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Dec 16 2016

Syria in Crisis: The Harrowing Case of Aleppo

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Campaigners have been changing their Facebook profile pictures to red to show their solidarity with the people of Aleppo. Please note, this article was last edited on the morning of 15th December 2016 and may not reflect the latest news on … Continue reading

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Dec 13 2016

Using International Human Rights Law to Guarantee the Right to Health: a Brazilian Experience

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by Iago Morais de Oliveira* In 2014, fourteen families searched for assistance from the Public Prosecution of the State of Paraíba to guarantee the right to an effective medical treatment for their relatives—sixteen patients who suffered from several neurological conditions which … Continue reading

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