Lecture: Torture – An Expert’s Confrontation with an Everyday Evil”

“Whatever [the detainees] might have done, they truly deserve a world without torture and with humane conditions of detention”. Manfred Nowak After six years as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak decided to summarize his impressions into a book: “Torture: An Expert’s Confrontation with an Everyday Evil“. Recently published, Nowak will now hold a…

Human Rights Under Threat? Denmark & the European Convention on Human Rights

Denmark has traditionally been a strong supporter of human rights. This is demonstrated by the fact that Denmark was a founding member of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which protects citizens against human rights violations. But things have changed. In recent years, there has been an increasingly bitter debate about the ECHR and Denmark’s…

UN Special Rapporteur Baskut Tuncak: Pollution is Back

“A right to freedom from pollution? Human rights in a changing climate” After years of attention towards climate change, broader concerns regarding pollution are rising on political agendas around the world. Pollution is back, says international lawyer Baskut Tuncak, who is informally known as the UN’s Special Rapporteur on “toxics.” He will hold a lecture on…