The Convergence of Activism and Academia at the Oslo Freedom Forum

By Lillian Hussong, Contributor “Once people begin to believe, at least in principle, in human equality, there is no logical limit to the expansion of human rights and self-determination.” —Martha Finnemore I was one of six graduate students from the Rutgers University Division of Global Affairs who travelled to Norway to attend the 10th annual …

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The Evolution and Role of European Convention on Human Rights and European Court

By Karin Nordin, Contributor After the turbulence caused by World War II, the world, especially Europe, feared for similar events to occur in the future, as a result the first written text promoting peace and diplomacy arose, in 1948, the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights emerged and demonstrated as a turning point in …

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Human Rights Violations of Homosexuals in Chechen Republic

By Christian Hess, Contributor Within the first few months of 2017, reports emerged from the Chechen Republic that homosexual men were abducted from their homes. From there, they were sent to make-shift concentration camps where they were beaten and electrocuted. The leader of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov denied these reports. He stated there were no …

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