The Swedish Human Rights Film Festival 2020

’FEMPOWERMENT’: PROMOTING FEMALE DIRECTORS AND ACTORS Welcome to the Swedish Human Rights Film Festival 2020! Every year we unite movies with human rights through panel discussions with international experts. This is the fifth year for the film festival which is organised by Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Kino in Lund, Sweden. Gender Equality is high on…

“This Toxic Atmosphere Poisons Democracy”

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, said that Europe is stuck in a roundabout during her speech at the Anna Lindh Lecture last week. Ms. Mijatovic talked about the rise of intolerance in Europe. In particular, the lack of responsibility among politicians, spreading hate through speeches and amplifying prejudice against marginalized…

The New Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights

Ms. Ilze Brands Kehris of Latvia, a senior research fellow at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute from 2016-2019, will become the next Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in New York. She succeeds Andrew Gilmour of the United Kingdom. Ms. Brands Kehris has served…

Engaging with China: Challenges and the Way Forward

On November 6, RWI convened a very timely and important full-day discussion in Stockholm on Engaging with China: Challenges and the Way Forward in Higher Education, Human Rights and Public Diplomacy. This year marks 70 years since the founding of the People’s Republic of China and 30 years since the government crackdown on protestors on…

The Way Forward on the Protection of Persons with Disabilities During Armed Conflict

On 3-4 October, 2019, the Raoul Wallenberg Institute hosted an international workshop in Lund* focused on the intersection between international humanitarian law (IHL), human rights law as it applies to the  protection of persons with disabilities during armed conflicts. The workshop brought together international experts from around the world to develop a future agenda to address the protection needs of…