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Wise young people

"These young people, they really don’t want to feel like victims: they really want to act and to instigate change." An interview to mark Human Rights Day.

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Wise young people

"These young people, they really don’t want to feel like victims: they really want to act and to instigate change." An interview to mark Human Rights Day.

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Job: Project Coordinator – Inquiry into the future of civil society

The Inquiry into the Future of Civil Society seeks a full-time Project Co-ordinator

Trump’s victory could push the human rights movement to transform

Donald Trump’s victory is a threat to human rights, but could it also push the movement to transform and strategize with greater urgency? Español

Putin’s regimes

Five years ago today, the first mass demonstration of Russia's 2011-2013 protest cycle took place. To mark this, we publish an excerpt from Protest in Putin's Russia, a new book that digs into the details of civic action and regime transformation in the Putin era. 

Young defenders: voiceless dissenters or force for good?

Human Rights Day call. Young human rights defenders will only be safe when there first exists, worldwide, public awareness and a sense of solidarity.

Wise young people

"These young people, they really don’t want to feel like victims: they really want to act and to instigate change." An interview to mark Human Rights Day.

The Glorious Referendum on the EU – Why it doesn’t represent the will of the people

With millions from Remain voting demographics excluded from the vote, and the result narrow, there's no reason for the government to see the Brexit result as final.

The Labour Party, free movement and Brexit

Labour needs to resist its drift toward a more ambivalent position on free movement.

Why human rights now matter more than ever

It’s Human Rights Day and, in these turbulent times, human rights are more important than ever.

Stop the government's rush to privatise the aid budget.

Under the delusion of “trickle down aid”, the UK government is looking to reduce poverty by financing luxury apartments and shopping malls.

Tyranny versus a village man in Chechnya

After exposing the truth behind Chechnya's reconstruction in his home village, Ramazan Dzhalaldinov has found himself on the run in Russia.

The voice of Berta Cáceres has become the voice of millions

Graffiti on the walls in Honduras - Berta Vive! Teenagers chanting as they march - Berta Caceres Flores, sown in the heart of all rebellions !  Berta didn’t die, she multiplied.

To exist is to resist: Million Women Rise

It is only together we can resist and ultimately end this persecution of women. Racism and sexism for us come hand in hand, and we have to draw the line. No more!

We will keep faith with your legacy, Comandante Fidel Castro!

Fidel Castro’s death has prompted a polarized debate about the value of his legacy and internationalism. For many in Latin America he will remain a revered leader and source of inspiration. Español

Islamic State: writing from Raqqa

A regular correspondent from the IS capital sends a letter to a friend in Baghdad, in the latest of a series imagined by Paul Rogers.

Social movements in Mexico: local roots, global struggles

This series sheds a light on a range of struggles rooted in local communities and daily life that oppose violence and never reach the headlines.

An end to the shame: stigma and political participation among Mexican sex workers

Shedding feelings of shame relies on the politicisation of a stigmatised identity, and on opening up new lines of action and resistance.

Children in custody need protection, not cruelty and bullying

Recent HMIC report found "inexcusably poor practices" by police towards children in custody. A cultural shift is needed both within the police force and the local authorities who are failing to accommodate them. The Home Office must take action.

Modi and Trump—voting strongmen, voting hate

Donald Trump’s win in the US and Narendra Modi’s in India two years ago are both about the majority claiming greater victimhood.

Mohammad Abu Sakha: in prison for making children happy

One year after he was arrested by Israeli forces, Palestinian circus teacher Mohammad Abu Sakha is still behind bars, and without charges.

Suffragists, actresses and activists do it: 100 years of self-defence

Wherever women are confronted with violence, they try to protect themselves. When this resistance becomes collective, women's self-defence has at times been at the forefront of feminist efforts.

16 Days: survivors and activists at the centre

The field of violence against women is an argumentative space. 16 Days offers an opportunity to reflect, to be inspired and moved by women who have survived, our tireless campaigners and re-sisters. 

No more partying in Congo Russia

On the UN International Day of Commemoration and Dignity of the Victims of the Crime of Genocide, we are reminded: if western voters are angered by globalisation, for Nigeria its by-products are far more deadly.

Why targeting corporate Democrats is part of the fight against Donald Trump

Trump rose to the presidency by railing against the Washington establishment. The Democratic Party’s propensity for compromise and triangulation only plays into his hands.

Post-truth politics and the Italian referendum

Some (depressing) examples of how international media fell into the post-truth vortex when covering Italy's referendum.

What could go wrong in this year’s GFMD?

The 2016 Global Forum on Migration and Development just opened in Bangladesh. Two return delegates from civil society explain what would make this year’s conference, in their eyes, better than the last.

Words and war: Russian and Ukrainian linguists struggle to find common ground

The Russo-Ukrainian conflict has affected all aspects of relations between the two countries – even the way they talk (or don’t talk) about it. Русский

Inside Russia’s new Gulag

My husband was humiliated, beaten and tortured in Russia's penitentiary system. Here are the stories that I’ve collected from his prison. Русский

The popular movement of Oaxaca, ten years later

The 2006 popular revolt in Oaxaca was the most significant movement in Mexico's recent history. 10 years on, its heritage lies in multiple protest action and stronger social relations among the population.

Networks, social movements and the internet in Mexico

We cannot imagine contemporary social movements, or even the world, without internet. But this world is changing all the time and we have much more to learn.