Posts Tagged ‘Journal of Human Rights Practice’

New Tactics in Human Rights follows up on the protection regime of HRDs

November 11, 2015

In November 2013 OUP’s Journal of Human Rights Practice published a special issue on human rights defenders [].

This is followed by another Special Issue in the International Journal of Human Rights on ‘Critical Perspectives on the Security and Protection of Human Rights Defenders’, in which scholars and practitioners critically appraise the construction and functioning of this protection regime, examining:

  1. the definition and use of the term ‘human rights defender’;
  2. the effectiveness of protection mechanisms; and,
  3. the complex relationship between repression, activism and risk.

    New Tactics is organizing a conversation ‘Evaluating the Human Rights Defender Protection Regime’ exploring these areas, asking: How do we define who is and who is not a ‘human rights defender’? What are the effects of these decisions? How effective are current protection mechanisms for defenders? How do defenders manage their security as they face risks? How should ‘protection’ work in practice?

    Join New Tactics and the authors of the papers in this Special Issue from 16 – 20 November, 2015.

    Copies of these papers are available for free here: but only until 31 December 2015!

    Join the Conversation beginning Monday

Important Human Rights Council side event on 11 March (to be followed on internet)

February 14, 2014

The Geneva-based International Service for Human Rights organises an important side event during the upcoming UN Human Rights Council. Under the title “Creating a safe and enabling environment for human rights defenders” the event will take place on 11 March 2014, from 12h00 – 14h00 in the Palais des Nations, Geneva (exact room to be determined later). Those who cannot attend in person, can follow the event through a live webcast and ask questions or share comments via Twitter using #HRDs before and during the event. Photos and further details will also be available on Facebook following the event, Read the rest of this entry »

Special Issue on Human Rights Defenders of the OUP Journal of Human Rights Practice

November 28, 2013

A special issue on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders has appeared in the Journal of Human Rights Practice. This special issue contains insightful articles from human rights defenders, scholars and organizations across the globe focused on promoting and protecting human rights defenders. The Oxford Journal wants to bridge the gap between human rights practitioners and academicians. Exceptionally, this entire special issue of the Journal of Human Rights Practice is available free of charge for the next 3 months at You find there also the full text of my Review Essay on awards. Table of content: Read the rest of this entry »

Link between protecting the environment and human rights asserted by UN Expert Knox (re-issued with working links and references to case law)

March 11, 2013

What is apparent from this blog, which has featured many cases of environmental Human Rights Defenders, has now been clearly stated (on 7 March 2013) by the United Nations Independent Expert on human rights and environment, John Knox. In his report to the Council of Human Rights, he highlighted the urgent need to clarify the human rights obligations linked to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment. Such clarification, he said, “is necessary in order for States and others to better understand what those obligations require and ensure that they are fully met, at every level from the local to the global.”……………….In his report Mr. Knox also identifies rights whose implementation is vital to environmental policymaking, such as the rights to freedom of expression and association, rights to receive information and participate in decision-making processes, and rights to legal remedies. “The exercise of these rights, makes environmental policies more transparent, better informed and more responsive to those most concerned.” “States should recognize the important work carried out by human rights defenders working on land and environmental issues in trying to find a balance between economic development and environmental protection, should not tolerate their stigmatization and should ensure prompt and impartial investigations into alleged violations of their rights,” he said.

John Knox was appointed as the Independent Expert on human rights and the environment in July 2012 by the United Nations Human Rights Council.humanrightslogo_Goodies_14_LogoVorlagen

Learn more:

Knox’s full report: 

via Link between protecting the environment and human rights | Scoop News.

I would also like to refer now to an article by Lauri R. Tanner  in the Oxford Press Journal of Human Rights Practice on the landmark environmental defenders cases by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights: the milestone case of ‘Kawas v. Honduras‘ and the so-called ‘Mexican Ecologists case‘. In its first-ever ruling on environmental defenders, the Court found a positive obligation on the part of member states in the Hemisphere to protect environmentalists who are in serious jeopardy from human rights violations. The Kawas case is a paradigmatic example of the constant threats these activists encounter, both in the Americas and internationally, and states in the region are now on notice to ensure special protection to those most in danger of harm. The Court arrived at the remarkable juncture of ‘making visible and potentially punishable what heretofore has been invisible and unpunished’. In an epilogue Tanner addresses the subsequent ruling in the ‘Mexican Ecologists’ case, and offers recommendations to human rights and environmental defenders and practitioners both regionally and internationally.

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Call for Papers for a Special Issue on HRDs in the Journal of Human Rights Practice

October 16, 2012

York University’s Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) issues a Call for Papers

The Journal of Human Rights Practice hosts a special issue on the protection of human rights defenders

As a part of the research CAHR conducts on human rights defenders, a special issue on HRDs will be published in the Journal of Human Rights Practice in November 2013. The editors will accept abstract submissions in English, Arabic cfp-hrds-arabic (PDF  , 565kb), French cfp-hrds-french (PDF  , 73kb), Spanish cfp-hrds-spanish (PDF  , 55kb) and Russian cfp-hrds-russian (PDF  , 66kb). The deadline for abstracts is on 1 November 2012.

For more details, please see the Call for Papers.

Call for Papers for a Special Issue in the Journal of Human Rights Practice – Centre for Applied Human Rights, The University of York.