Is Violence Against Women a Particular Ethnic, or a General Scourge?

RWI’s director Morten Kjaerum writes to commemorate March 8, 2016, International Women’s Day. “From a gender perspective, 2016 started on a very low note with the terrible rapes, sexual harassment, and violence against hundreds of women in Cologne. Young immigrant men with primarily North African background seem to be the main group of perpetrators. “For…

Why is RWI Hosting the First Lund Human Rights Film Festival?

  Photo: Concerning Violence by Göran Olsson to be shown at the Lund Human Rights Film Festival this weekend “Human rights are so much more than international conventions, courtrooms and monitoring mechanisms. Human rights are also about the values that in the end substantiate what has found its way into the legal texts. And these…

“Let’s Do Our Utmost to Provide Hope to Others in 2016”

“We are at the end of a year which has been more than turbulent with breathtaking challenges. The attacks and bombs in Baghdad, Beirut and Paris in November showed this with shocking clarity. So have the ongoing conflicts in many parts of the world, including Syria, Afghanistan, Sudan, and Iraq. “Today’s world is marked by…

We Are Focusing on “People On the Move”

Photo credits: UNHCR/Achilleas Zavallis “This fall has been dramatic with scenes from the borders and highways of Europe that we have not seen since the end of WWII. We are seeing hundreds of thousands of people on the move to seek protection. “They are fleeing massive human rights violations, wars, and conflict in countries such…