Human Rights

How Chronic Violence Affects Human Development, Social Relations, and the Practice of Citizenship: A Systemic Framework for Action (No. 36)

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What happens to us when it becomes “normal” everyday life to live with high levels of violence? How does it affect our development as individuals, how we raise our children and relate to others in society, our attitudes and actions as citizens, and the ways we are governed?

The Politics of Russia’s Approach to Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month in the United States. Although at first glance human trafficking does not seem to be a contentious topic, the issue of human trafficking is a political one in countries the world over.

The Brazil Institute mourns the passing of Cardinal Paulo Evaristo Arns

A Franciscan friar, Dom Paulo, as he was known, was Brazil’s leading champion of democracy and human rights during the darkest period of the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985. A journalist, professor, and writer, Dom Paulo was fearless in his actions to expose the crimes committed by the military rulers. The impact of his courageous work reached beyond Brazil’s borders at a time when many Latin American nations lived under authoritarian and often brutal regimes.

The Northern Triangle of Central America: Violence, Security, and Migration

The latest apprehension numbers from US Customs and Border Protection suggest that Central American migrants, especially women with children and unaccompanied minors, continue to arrive at the U.S. border at an elevated rate. Violence directed at women and their families is believed to be a major driver of this migration and raises questions about how to reduce the violence and diminish the need for women and children to undertake the perilous journey north in search of safety.

Closing the Gaps of Maternal Health in Conflict and Crises

Where violent conflict displaces people and disrupts societies, maternal and child health suffers, and such instability is widespread today. According to the UN Refugee Agency, there are 65.3 million forcibly displaced people, 21.3 million refugees, and 10 million stateless people over the world. In addition, more than 65 million people who are not displaced are affected by conflict.

A Post-ISIS Recovery Plan for Syria

The Mosul operation to defeat ISIS is now underway. After Mosul, U.S. and coalition efforts will concentrate on Raqqa in Syria, ISIS’s putative capital. When Raqqa falls, ISIS will cease to control any sizeable territory and will have been dealt a deathblow. But Syria will continue to be mired in a civil war that has made refugees of half of its population.

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