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The Venezuelan Refugee Crisis - The Brazilian Perspective

Russia and the European Court of Human Rights after 20 Years

Despite ratifying the European Convention on Human Rights 20 years ago, the Russian government today remains widely criticized for its human rights record. Using the findings of the recent book Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: the Strasbourg Effect, Cambridge University Press, 2018 (Mälksoo and Benedek (eds)), the panel discussed what socialization has taken place in Russia as a result of its participation in the ECHR system. 

Beyond 'Coyotes': Current Trends in the Facilitation of Irregular Migration in Latin America

For generations, the persona of the coyote, or smuggler, as facilitator of irregular migration has been a central figure in Latin American migrants’ accounts of their journeys ‘up north.’ While traditionally viewed as providing a necessary service, smugglers are increasingly depicted as violent and predatory men often operating in collusion with other illicit networks for the sole purpose of obtaining financial profits. This narrative, while compelling, often obscures the fact that migrants' reliance on coyotes is a response to multiple factors. 

Arguments to Reform Mexico’s Anti-Trafficking Legislation

In the past few years, Mexico has taken a number of steps to prevent and prosecute trafficking in persons, and to protect its victims. The country’s government has signed international anti-trafficking conventions and taken some aspects of widely-accepted international definitions of this crime into account when drafting its anti-trafficking legislation.

Arguments to Reform Mexico’s Anti-Trafficking Legislation

By Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera and Arthur Sanders Montandon

The Irreplaceable Asma Jehangir

Back in November 2005, the Woodrow Wilson Center hosted a talk by Asma Jehangir, Pakistan’s most prominent human rights activist. Those of us in the audience that day could not have known how prophetic her words would be.

Jehangir, who died on February 11, warned that until Pakistan’s powerful military “recedes,” the country will not become a more moderate or tolerant place. She made a bold declaration: For Pakistan to truly prosper, it must “demilitarize.”