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Newest Debate on Economic Inequality - Can human rights make a difference?

Extreme inequality is one of the defining issues of our time, with the gap between rich and poor widening across the globe. But while economic inequality has become a prominent issue on the international development agenda, as well as in national political debates in many countries, the human rights community has barely begun to address its implications for the full range of human rights. This debate will explore the consequences of rising wealth and income inequality for human rights. Read on...


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Making the ASEAN Economic Community human rights-friendly

The ASEAN Economic Community should insert human rights rules into its implementation plan before integrating the vast Southeast Asian market.

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Insisting and resisting: women’s funds lead the way for local philanthropy

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Adapt or perish: the new normal for civil society

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