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

“Adolescence is a time to support young peoples’ access to information, to education, to skills and to services that can result in a healthy and safe transition into adulthood,” said Sarah Barnes, Project Director of the Maternal Health Initiative, at a recent Wilson Center event on engaging youth and protecting their sexual and reproductive health and rights. “It’s time to make adolescents a priority,” said Barnes.

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.

Public Security - Brazil 2018 Understanding the Issues

In 2018, much of the discussion surrounding public security in Brazil has centered on Rio de Janeiro. The debate concerning the federal military intervention in Rio due to security issues—in addition to the international and domestic coverage of the assassination of local council woman Marielle Franco—have made the city the “face” of public security issues in Brazil. However, problems of public security and violence are systemic in Brazil, and extend far beyond the limits of Rio de Janeiro.

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