Human Rights

Traditional Populations, Land Rights, and Environmental Justice: The Challenges of the Amazon

The concept of environmentalism has changed over time. Initially focused on flora and fauna, conservation efforts increasingly strive to include the populations who have traditionally inhabited these lands. The change was partially prompted by criticism of traditional conservation strategies, which tend to follow Yellowstone’s top-down approach to conservation that favors extremely limited land use by local populations.

Making it a Priority: Adolescents’ Health and Rights

Adolescents face unique challenges and significant vulnerabilities due to marginalization across the globe. Early marriage, a lack of accurate and complete sexual and reproductive health information, and lack of access to quality health services can make these challenges monumental. The risk of maternal mortality is highest among young adolescent girls. In addition, exposure to gender-based violence, including discrimination based on sexual and gender identity and expression, and a greater susceptibility to STIs, such as HIV, further marginalize young people.

Interview with Claudinete Colé, ARQMO's First Woman Executive Coordinator

This interview is also available in Portuguese, following the English version below.

 

Fears of the Fourth Estate: Current Challenges for the Pakistani Press

In recent months—and particularly in the weeks leading up to Pakistan’s July election—journalists, activists, and analysts have expressed concerns about growing threats to the Pakistani press. This event will feature a discussion of the current media environment in Pakistan. It will include the launch of a new Committee to Protect Journalists report and accompanying documentary, which is entitled “Acts of Intimidation: In Pakistan, Journalists’ Fear and Censorship Grow Even as Fatal Violence Declines.” How has Pakistan’s media climate and its challenges evolved over the years?

Discussion with Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Ambassador Tibor Nagy

On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, the Wilson Center Africa Program hosted a discussion with Ambassador Tibor Nagy, the newly confirmed Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs. The event was an opportunity for the Assistant Secretary to introduce himself to and share his priorities for U.S.-Africa policy with the Africa-engaged community, and for him to hear their viewpoints, interests, and concerns about the current state and the way forward for U.S.-Africa policy and relations.

Why We Ignore Bangladesh at Our Peril

Earlier this month, armed men on motorcycles attacked the vehicle of Marcia Bernicat, the U.S. ambassador to Bangladesh, as she was leaving a dinner party in the capital city of Dhaka. According to local media reports, the men chased and threw bricks at her motorcade.

Fortunately, Bernicat and her retinue were unharmed. As of this writing, the perpetrators have not been identified.

It’s not often that a U.S. ambassador is attacked while posted overseas. And yet, the incident received relatively little media attention in the United States.

Human Rights - Brazil 2018 Understanding the Issues

Brazil is a party to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which is committed to guaranteeing equality, dignity, and freedom for all people. Despite being a signatory, the domestic conditions for human rights are far from ideal in Brazil.

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