Blog / International Law

TNCs: Human Rights responsibility

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Almost forty years ago, given the then recently discovered importance of transnational corporations (TNCs), UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) resolution 1908 (LVII) determined the need to negotiate a UN Code of Conduct of TNCs and created the United Nations Centre on Transnational Corporations (UNCTC). The Code …

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Blog / Middle East and North Africa

Qatar 2019 and 2022: Human Trafficking in Disguise?

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The first internationally accepted definition of trafficking in human beings (THB) was introduced at the United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress, and Punish Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children, in the year 2000 in Palermo, Italy. Article 3 of the Protocol defines Human Trafficking as “the …

Blog / Europe

Rainbow Marches and “Propaganda” Laws: Pride and Prejudice

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On May 1 of this year, Russian LGBT human rights activists marched alongside their compatriots in St. Petersburg’s annual Labor Day parade. In a country famous for its draconian anti-LGBT legislation, agents of the Russian state—namely, the police—intervened on behalf of their LGBT nationals. When Vitaly …

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Blog / International Law

Silence across the border: Sabeen Mahmud’s Murder

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When Sabeen Mahmud was gunned down outside the office of an initiative she founded, grief swept across the border and its ripples were felt in many quarters that knew and cherished friendships with Sabeen. Her murder was not just an assault on her person and existence, but also on the …

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Blog / International Development

What is needed to close Guantánamo Bay?


Detainee at Camp X-Ray at Guantanamo Bay, Martin H via wikicommons

The United Nations and other international organisations including the International Committee of the Red Cross have stated repeatedly that indefinite detention is illegal under international law; still it is the determined bitter fate of 33 men in the detention camp at Guantánamo Bay. The …