Human Rights

The inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world. Preamble, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948.

At the Border of People and Policies: Closing the Distance Through Storytelling

By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights

Once again, the world is obsessed with the supposed decadence and fall of Greece.

In Athens and Brussels, journalists and politicians scramble over budgets, banks, and broken promises to try and explain the drama of failed domestic and European Union (EU) policy. But with all the news and handwringing on Greek economic policy, let us not forget that there are people affected by these policies. And I am not just talking about the pensioners who have had to survive on tight austerity measures. Nor the once middle class who are limited to 60 Euro a day. Nor the shopkeepers that are trying to figure out if they will need to accept the Drachma (the old Greek currency) once the Euro runs out. They have been rightly profiled and interviewed – their voices are part of the conversation.

I am concerned about the people who are not yet part of the conversation. What can we learn about democracy, human rights and economic policy from those clambering to get to the shores of Europe? (more…)

Towards a Water Ethics Manifesto

By Lucy Rodina Is it ethical to let a river run dry? Is it ethical to have clean drinking water in Vancouver and hundreds of boil water advisories in Indigenous communities all across Canada? Is it ethical to take away … Continue reading

Intra-Arab discrimination in Dearborn

By Banen Al-Sheemary | openDemocracy I have grown accustomed to the skeptical glances and displeased faces that accompany the “othering” question, “where are you from?” Whether I’m dealing with white America in Ann Arbor or intra-Arab hierarchy and Lebanese superiority … Continue reading