Posts Tagged ‘human rights’

  • Check it Out: Justice for Sale

    Justice for Sale follows a courageous Congolese human rights lawyer Claudine Tsongo in her struggle against injustice and widespread impunity in the Congo. In Claudine’s journey to obtain justice, she uncovers a system where the basic principles of law are virtually ignored. The documentary not only provides a glimpse into the failings of the Congolese judicial […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Invoking Justice

    In Southern India, family disputes are settled by Jamaats, all male bodies which apply Islamic Sharia law to cases without allowing women to be present, even to defend themselves. To solve this fundamental inequity, a group of women in 2004 established a women’s Jamaat, which soon became a network of 12,000 members spread over 12 […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Quest for Honor

    This documentary, Quest for Honor, investigates the practice of honor killing of women by male relatives for actions deemed dishonorable to their families in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. The film follows Runak Faranj, a former teacher and activist, as she works with local lawmen, journalists and members of the Kurdish Regional Government to solve the murder of […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Women, War & Peace

    This PBS mini-series challenges the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain, and reveals the central role of women in the quest for peace and justice in modern warfare. Narrated by Matt Damon, Tilda Swinton, Geena Davis and Alfre Woodard, this mini-series is the most wide-ranging global-media initiative ever produced on the roles […] Read more...
  • Today in Legal History: Human Rights Day

    On December 10, 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. The UDHR’s broad range of political, civil, social, cultural and economic rights are not binding; however, the document has inspired the human rights laws and treaties which constitute an international standard of human rights. The UDHR […] Read more...
  • Kiobel Decided by U.S. Supreme Court

    In what may be a landmark opinion in U.S. human rights practice, the Supreme Court held that conduct occurring on foreign territory will not be the subject of litigation under the Alien Tort Claims Statute. The court invoked the “presumption against extraterritoriality” in arriving at its opinion. Read an analysis by Prof. Curtis A. Bradley […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Proteus

    Set in 18th century South Africa, Proteus is a fictionalized account of the interracial gay love story of two men incarcerated on the infamous South African Robin Island. One is a black prisoner, Claas Blank, and the other a Dutch sailor, Rijkhaart Jacobsz. Both men were charged and placed on trial for sodomy. The film explores both the theme of racism […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: A Dry White Season

    Ben du Toit (Donald Sutherland), a caucasian teacher in South Africa, has never had to face the atrocities of apartheid until his black gardener’s son is beaten and taken into custody by the police. When the gardener’s son disappears, Ben starts asking questions, and finds that his own society is built on prejudice and exploitation. […] Read more...
  • Check it Out: Gandhi

    Gandhi is the biographical film about the extraordinary Mahatma Gandhi, whose philosophy of nonviolence and peaceful protests freed India from British rule. Gandhi spent the rest of his life trying to unite India through peaceful protest until his assassination. The film won eight Academy Awards, including two for producer and director Richard Attenborough and best actor […] Read more...
  • Silence Is Not Golden

    In December of 2010, the Netherlands passed legislation to implement the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. This change permits the prosecution of perpetrators as a crime against humanity and removes any statute of limitations. Newly caught up in this web is Jorge Zorreguieta, former Deputy Agriculture Minister for Argentina […] Read more...