April 2019

April 2019 Newsletter

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The triumph of economic growth over human rights

Author: Margaret Buzan

In an age where information can travel from one end of the globe to the other
in a matter of seconds, it remains fascinating that so many gross human rights
violations remain relatively unheard of. There are many such cases, but within
this article I will focus on the plight of the Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province.
This Muslim ethnic minority, mainly concentrated in the Western region of
China, has fallen victim to recent repressive policies, including indoctrination in
re-education camps. This is not a new phenomenon; the Chinese government
has actively sought to repress this community for centuries. Although the
strategies undertaken by Beijing in order to control the region are certainly ….. Read More



Beyond homophobia: The fight for human rights in Brazil

Author: Gabriel Wilson Tavares Calderaro (UNU-IAS)

On February 13th, 2019, the Supreme Court of Brazil (Supremo Tribunal Federal – STF, in Portuguese) started to debate two lawsuits on legislative omission on the criminalization of homophobia and transphobia, both of which heavily impact the LGBT+ community. These lawsuits are a result of inaction by the Brazilian Congress to include that group in legislation designed to protect their integrity and right to life. On the next day, as the debate continued in Brasilia, the national capital, the beaten and bloodied body of the 18- year-old Davi Silva Amaral was found. He was in an abandoned plot of land on the neighborhood he lived in Santarém, state of Pará, with multiple fractures on his head. A week later, when the Supreme Court continued its legal procedures thousands of miles away….. Read More




Indigineous peoples: The answer to mitigate climate change through community-led conservation

Author:  Maria Alejandra Aguilar (UNU-IAS)

Forests are one of the most important ecosystems on Earth as they are providers of multiple services for human and nonhuman species, from water to carbon sequestration, to special tropical habitats for flourishing biodiversity, and livelihoods for humans and home of 60.0000.000 tribal communities (WWF, 2018). Nevertheless, forests have been disappearing at alarming rates in the past decades, from 2000 to 2012 2.3 million km2 of forest have been lost worldwide (Hansen et al. 2013). Forestry, subsistence farming and commodity driven deforestation are the major drivers. The loss of important forests such as tropical rainforests is one of the major catalysts of climate change….. Read More



Value inclusion for development with conservation?

Author – Anuska Joshi (UNU-IAS)

Inclusive Development has been defined as “a pro-poor approach” incorporating and valuing all stakeholders, including marginalized group to address development issues, promote transparency and accountability, enhancing development cooperation outcomes through collaboration between civil society, governments and private sector actors (Oxfam, 2 0 1 8 ) . As the pillars of sustainable development, society, economy and environment are indispensable components incorporating each other to utilize the resources while sustaining them for generations, keeping their value intact during the process….. Read More