Rethinking human rights: Luis Alfonso de Alba interviewed

openDemocracy Opendemocracy
1 February 2007

The now defunct UN Human Rights Commission had few friends by the end. Its critics complained of an extreme politicisation that made it highly selective about the issues it addressed. To make things worse, it was easily paralysed if a minority chose to block discussion.

The new Human Rights Council was created in its stead, with the hope that these problems would be resolved with a fresh start and a new structure. But the council itself has already been criticised, so will it be different enough to be effective?

OpenDemocracy's editor Isabel Hilton spoke to the new president of the council, Luis Alfonso de Alba.

Isabel Hilton talks to Luis Alfonso de Alba

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Peter Geoghegan: dark money and dirty politics

Democracy is in crisis and unaccountable flows of money are helping to destroy it. Peter Geoghegan’s new book, ‘Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics’, charts how secretive money, lobbying and data has warped our democracy.

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Peter Geoghegan Dark Money Investigations editor at openDemocracy and the author of ‘Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics’.

Mary Fitzgerald Editor-in-chief, openDemocracy.

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