May Wong, Great Hall of the People, Tian'anmen Square via Flickr
A new Chinese law giving police powers over foreign NGOs is indicative of a global trend to restrict the political space available for civil society.
A fundamental challenge in Japan, in particular, is the low visibility of refugees and undocumented migrant workers.
Despite being one of the top donors to the UN refugee agency, Japan accepts very few asylum seekers, and provides little support for those who do make it.
Recommendations that aren’t accepted tend to involve hard political issues related to civil and political liberties.
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States report to the UN Human Rights Council every four-and-a-half years and receive its recommendations, which they can either "accept" or "note".
When governments and students collide, university systems wobble.
The politicisation of academia definitely contributes to a decline in academic standards. This is a situation South Africa must work hard to avoid. It can learn from others on the continent.
Education can change girls’ lives: an extra year of education can raise a girl’s future wages by between 10% and 20%.
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Girls’ lives are still entangled in a culture whose custodians happen to be men.
Groups like Stonewall have become big players in the workplace.
A key event in the British employment calendar is the publication of the Workplace Equality Index each January. It is a ranking of the top-100 “gay-friendly” employers by Stonewall, the UK’s main campaigning…