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.
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights
We’ve seen the body of the toddler Alan Kurdi, who, along with mother and brother, drowned on the shores of Europe seeking safety.
Keleti Train Station
We have heard the impassioned pleas of people from Syria and Afghanistan and Eritrea holding train tickets that are no longer valid.
We have listened in confusion as the Prime Ministers of Hungary, Germany and other Central European countries debate the politics of the European Union as people sleep on the street with neither blankets nor water. (more…)
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 … Continue reading
By Lucy Guevara-Vélez More than 50 student and workers groups in Mexico called for a Global Day of Action last weekend to mark the nine-month anniversary since 43 students from Ayotzinapa went missing. The main demand was for the government … Continue reading
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights While musicians often think in rhythms or notes and artists in perspectives or colors, I have potential syllabi rattling in my head. My medium is neither canvas nor score but rather the weaving … Continue reading
By Bill Ayers We are all refugees from our childhoods. And so we turn, among other things, to stories. To write a story, to read a story, is to be a refugee from the state of refugees. Writers and readers … Continue reading
By Alice Kim Last week, the city of Chicago made history when the City Council unanimously voted to pass a reparations package for Chicago Police torture survivors, specifically a group of African American men who were tortured by former Commander … Continue reading
By Rasmea Odeh In the early morning on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 Rasmea Yousef Odeh, Associate Director of the Arab American Action Network in Chicago, was arrested at her home by agents from the Department of Homeland Security. Sixty-five years … Continue reading
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
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
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights “Seeking Protection is Not a Crime” is a 5.5’ X 12’ foot mural commissioned by the Queer Arts Festival, a three-week multi media art festival that began in 2010. Festival coordinators reached out … Continue reading
By Hadeel Assali The summer of 2014. Children were appearing en masse at the US/Mexico border, the news was abuzz about a passenger jet crash in the Ukraine, and once again, Gaza was under attack, filling many TV screens and … Continue reading
By Babli Sinha This year, we have been awash in images of violence committed by states, by domestic partners and parents, and by organizations and individuals. The images of children’s bodies on the beach in Gaza and of Tamir Rice … Continue reading
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights Praxis is the intersection of theory and practice and, as we commemorate international human rights day, it is only fitting that we examine the praxis of human rights. How can we have laws … Continue reading
By Shayna Plaut, Contributing Editor, Human Rights Peter W. Klein is the director of the Global Reporting Centre. He has won three Emmys and has been a journalist for over 25 years. He cut his teeth covering the war in … Continue reading
By Garth Mullins Jeff has been using crack and heroin for twenty years. He has been on the methadone maintenance program for the last nine years and credits it for keeping him from going back to jail. When it works, … Continue reading