The Role of the UN in the Realization of Human Rights

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RWI Director Morten Kjaerum joins the likes of Tawakkol Karman, winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, and Adama Dieng, UN’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, as a contributing author to the current issue of the UN Chronicle. The UN Chronicle is a magazine that covers information as well as debates on the activities of the United Nations system and acts as an important tool for the dissemination of human rights knowledge. (more…)

Human Rights are Part of the Solution to Terrorism

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Jonas Grimheden talked about the European Union’s counter-terrorism policies and their implications for human rights recently at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute.

As Senior Policy Manager at the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), a decentralised center of fundamental rights expertise for the EU, Grimheden works daily to ensure full respect for human rights across the Union.

Grimheden discussed the current EU legal framework that is in place to combat terrorism and asked if it is ever possible for human rights to be compatible with counter-terrorism measures.
“For a sustainable strategy combating terrorism, human rights have to be included,” he said. “The two are not in opposition with each other and human rights have to be part of the picture.” (more…)

Khan Says Rule of Law Vital For Sustainable Development

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Irene Khan, the Director-General of the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), said weak institutions, competition for aid, and recurring conflict and violence are signs of the troubling times we are facing.

“What kind of future do we want to pass on to the next generation?” she asked, saying there were no easy answers. “However there is hope and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 2030 agenda supports it.”

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“Many Don’t Know The Law Is There to Back Them Up”

Luisa Teresa Hedler Ferreira is one of roughly 40 students to have entered the competitive Master’s programme in International Human Rights Law in Lund. The programme which combines the resources of both the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, and the Faculty of Law at Lund University.

She is aiming to specialize is sexual reproductive rights and also looking forward to studying international labour law in the second year of the Master’s Programme.  (more…)