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RIGHTS WATCH COLUMN: The symbolic trial of Efrain Rios Montt

RIGHTS WATCH COLUMN: The symbolic trial of Efrain Rios Montt

Brendan Adams | Contributor Originally published in The Concordian : http://theconcordian.com/2013/02/jhr-the-symbolic-trial-of-efrain-rios-montt/ The trial of former Guatemalan President, Efrain Rios Montt, for murder and crimes against humanity has people talking. As Amy Ross pointed out in her opinion piece for Al-Jazeera, this is the first time that any former head of state has been prosecuted by their own … Continue reading

RIGHTS TALK COLUMN: Venezuela and human rights

RIGHTS TALK COLUMN: Venezuela and human rights

Audrey A.Binette | Contributor  Editor’s Note: This new column aims to promote a discussion on important human rights issues in the news.  It is a space to highlight rights news along with the writer’s brief analysis of the topic. This week JHR Concordia contributor Audrey A. Binette discusses Venezuela in the very first “Rights Talk” Column.  We learn on … Continue reading

COLUMN : Reviewing human rights

COLUMN : Reviewing human rights

Shereen Ahmed Rafea | Website Editor The Palestinian exodus that came after the declaration of the state of Israel followed years of displacement and suffering. Writers, such as the late Ghassan Kanafani, who was amongst the hundreds of thousands Palestinians forced to leave their homes after the 1948 events, wrote about the life and struggles … Continue reading

COLUMN: Children of Syria

COLUMN: Children of Syria

Athena Tacet | Contributor It was a day full of contrasts. Last June 15 was sunny and warm. And while most Montrealers could enjoy the sweet harmony and colourful beauties offered by nature at the beginning of the summer, others were fighting for a darker and a more bitter cause.  “I hate politics, but I’m … Continue reading

COLUMN: History and the Arab spring.

COLUMN: History and the Arab spring.

Shereen Rafea | Website Editor  He stood with a smile on his face. Wide-eyed with a long white beard, a traditional hat and an overcoat, he addressed the crowd in the auditorium. So far it had been a day filled with reflections on the ongoing conflict in Syria. Syria Awareness Day at Concordia University only seemed … Continue reading

COLUMN:  A look back at 2011

COLUMN: A look back at 2011

Shereen Rafea | Website Editor  It was not the perfect place for an interview, nonetheless there we were in the middle of an overflowing Tim Horton’s early in the afternoon. At some point I felt like I was yelling to be heard, however despite the chaos, the meeting was worth it. I had met Imen Lajmi, a … Continue reading

RIGHTS WATCH: Censoring a Conversation

RIGHTS WATCH: Censoring a Conversation

Hilary Sinclair | Print Coordinator Imagine Pope Benedict XVI locking lips with an imam. That arousing mental image got real last week. It appeared on billboards and hung from bridges in Rome, Paris, Tel Aviv, New York and Milan on Wednesday, courtesy of clothing company United Colors of Benetton’s newest ad campaign. The Vatican, in … Continue reading

COLUMN: Human rights reflections

COLUMN: Human rights reflections

Shereen Rafea | Website Editor Meet Handala. Drawn by the late cartoonist Naji Al-Ali, Handala represents a ten-year old Palestinian boy living in a refugee camp. He is a symbol of struggle and survival. Naji Al-Ali drew cartoons in the 1970s that showed Palestinian refugees lives and struggles. Handala was a recurring character in his drawings. In a way … Continue reading

COLUMN:The Bad and the Rad: a weekly damage report

COLUMN:The Bad and the Rad: a weekly damage report

Days come and go and soon enough, Meagan has missed a whole week of The Bad and the Rad. Sorry about that! Here I am back with your weekly dose of human rights travesties and triumphs. In this issue: torturing Afghani children, Canadian-style…fraudulent elections in Haiti…securing safe spaces for migrants…and a great big dollop of … Continue reading