• Voter suppression continues 55 years after ‘Bloody Sunday’
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    Voter suppression continues 55 years after ‘Bloody Sunday’

    >>Sreenivasan: 55 YEARS AGO TODAY, HUNDREDS OF CIVIL RIGHTS MARCHERS, INCLUDING A YOUNG JOHN LEWIS, WERE ATTACKED AND BEATEN BY STATE TROOPERS IN SELMA, ALABAMA AFTER CROSSING THE EDMUND PETTUS BRIDGE. THE VIOLENT ASSAULT, WHICH WAS CAPTURED BY TELEVISION CAMERAS, BECAME KNOWN AS “BLOODY SUNDAY.” PUBLIC OUTRAGE FROM THE INCIDENT SET IN MOTION THE PASSAGE OF THE VOTING RIGHTS ACT OF 1965. PENIEL JOSEPH IS FOUNDING DIRECTOR OF THE L.B.J. SCHOOL’S CENTER FOR THE STUDY OF RACE AND DEMOCRACY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN, AND IS AUTHOR OF THE FORTHCOMING BOOK “THE SWORD AND THE SHIELD: THE REVOLUTIONARY LIVES OF MALCOLM X AND MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.” WHY…

  • A More or Less Perfect Union: 9th and 10th Amendments
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    A More or Less Perfect Union: 9th and 10th Amendments

    The Ninth Amendment, not too many people are familiar with. Basically, what it says is, “this list of all these rights are not the limits of your rights. You have un-enumerated rights as well.” Oh I like that one actually. Because imagine somebody gave you the task of listing every single individual right that you have. That would take you forever. I don’t think it would make sense to write down, in, like, the Bill of Rights or the Constitution, or something like that, every single freedom we have. “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”…

  • UNCRPD: What is Article 12 and Legal Capacity?
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    UNCRPD: What is Article 12 and Legal Capacity?

    let’s have a closer look at that article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with disabilities the UNCRPD The UNCRPD is a binding united nations human rights treaty for persons with disabilities signed and ratified by almost all EU Member States and the EU itself Article 12 of the UNCRPD wants to ensure that every person with disabilities including people with psychosocial disabilities may enjoy equal recognition before the law which requires legal capacity legal capacity is an inherent right that everyone it’s different to mental capacity which is an individual’s capacity to make decisions which can vary from person to person Amy and Victor are…

  • Wäsche-Talk: Kinderrechte ins Grundgesetz?
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    Wäsche-Talk: Kinderrechte ins Grundgesetz?

    Hi guys. Time for the laundry, time for a new laundry talk. Today I decided to deal with the topic of children’s rights in the constitution, because it’s politically relevant right now. What exactly are children’s rights? The child rights conventions were established in 1989. And Germany signed it in 1992. All countries have signed it, except Somalia and the USA. So everybody is a part of it. Children’s rights sound good, doesn’t it? Let me read to you what rights children have according to the child rights conventions: All children have the same rights. No child must be disadvantaged. Children have the right to live healthily, to find security…

  • Introduction to Human Rights | Lesson 11: “Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”
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    Introduction to Human Rights | Lesson 11: “Economic, Social and Cultural Rights”

    I’m talking about economic, social, and cultural Rights. First, some history. In the late 1940s a British sociologist, T.H. Marshall, mapped the historical progress of rights in a way that linked civil rights with the eighteenth century, political rights with the nineteenth century, and social rights were seen as the great leap forward that would characterize the twentieth century. In terms of law, efforts to recognize certain forms of social rights go back a very long way, but we can usefully begin by noting the Constitutions of Mexico and the Soviet Union, in 1917, followed by that of the Weimar Republic, and many of the Latin American constitutions of the…

  • The Universal Periodic Review explained
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    The Universal Periodic Review explained

    Human rights. They’re a big subject. They’re global, They’re a big subject. They’re global, but they’re also local. Human rights are your rights! They deal with everyday issues like … Equality and non-discrimination. Reproductive rights. Health. The rights of persons with disabilities. Education. Access to justice. Adequate housing. L.G.B.T. rights. The list goes on. How can we ensure that the Government implements them? In 2006, the UN set up the Universal Periodic Review. The UPR is a peer review mechanism, which means that UN Member States examine each other’s human rights record with a critical eye. Ireland made lots of promises during its first UPR in 2011. When Ireland goes…

  • Secretary Pompeo remarks at Commission on Unalienable Rights
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    Secretary Pompeo remarks at Commission on Unalienable Rights

    Good afternoon, everyone. I first want to thank Dr. Peter Berkowitz and my friend and mentor, Ambassador Mary Ann Glendon, for their leadership of the Commission, and all their hard work. You’ll hear from both of them in a moment. I’m also grateful to the members of the Commission for taking on this important task, for examining what unalienable rights really are, and what they mean for us today. And I’m exceedingly thankful to the members of the public in attendance. The health of a democracy depends on the care and concern of the demos – the people. You’re taking it seriously. It’s in the best traditions of American democracy…