442. THE STRUGGLE FOR DEMOCRATIC CONTROL AND THE PROTECTION OF COLLECTIVE HUMAN RIGHTS INTERESTS CALLS FOR FAIRER HISTORICAL TOOLS OF ANALYSIS, TOOLS THAT RESPECT, PROTECT AND FULFIL THESE INTERESTS. »

-The world we know today is merely a story someone has told us, but it is not the true story we need to Read more…

441. GLOBAL HEALTH, HUMAN RIGHTS AND THE CHALLENGES OF NEOLIBERAL POLICIES. »

[Taken and only slightly adapted from Global Health, Human Rights and Challenges of Neoliberal Policies by Audrey Chapman, Cambridge University Press, 2016]

Mea Read more…

440. HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISM IS A WAY OF BEING, NOT A DISCIPLINE. »

-The struggle against inequality, against human rights violations and against poverty calls for activists willing to struggle for life. -Without conflict there is Read more…

439. THE UNITED NATIONS APPROACH TO HUMAN RIGHTS IS IN NEED OF A PARADIGM SHIFT. »

1. Specialized UN agencies are supposed to take international action for the achievement of the human rights (HR) recognized in UN covenants. With Read more…

438. THERE ARE INDEED WAYS IN WHICH THE RIGHT TO HEALTH CAN AID PRIORITY SETTING. (Benedict Rumbold) »

Fair priority setting is essential to the realization of the right to health.

1. Achieving justice in health-care priority setting involves applying Read more…

437. THE STORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS IS FOREMOST A HISTORY OF SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND THEIR STRUGGLES. (ESCR-net) »

Where we came from

Having concentrated too long on the basic human needs approach was a time consuming diversion from any serious Read more…

436. HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS ARE NOT A MYTH! …BUT MYTHS KEEP US FROM ENDING THEM. (Food First) »

-To better learn from purported development miracles, it is necessary to demystify them. (Jomo Sundaram) -Myths about human rights are like zombies that Read more…

435. TWO EVILS HAUNT US: THE ABUSE BY THE POWERFUL AND THE IGNORANCE OF THE MASSES OF THEIR HUMAN RIGHTS. »

-As relates to the abuse of power, take the issue of transnational corporations (e.g., ‘Big Food’): As evident from their trade associations and Read more…

434. MIND YOU, IF NATURE WERE A BANK, THE RICH WOULD HAVE ALREADY SAVED IT. (Eduardo Galeano 1940-2015) »

-The most successful transnational corporations in the world are those that are maiming the planet and many of its people –and the rich Read more…

433. HUMAN RIGHTS WORK IS NOT JUST ABOUT FIGHTING AGAINST INDIVIDUAL HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS AND EXISTING INSTITUTIONALIZED INEQUALITIES. IT UNAVOIDABLY REQUIRES STRUGGLING OVER POWER ISSUES AND DEFYING WHOLE SYSTEMS OF THOUGHT. (Open Human Rights) »

A tough period is ahead of us, charged with many challenges. We have to think hard, reflect; we have to (re)invent and continue Read more…