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People in Montréal attend a demonstration on May 15, 2021, to denounce Israel’s military actions in the Palestinian territories. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

University presidents’ trip to Israel undermines academic freedom and democracy

When universities are seen as favouring one position on the Palestine/Israel issue, their ability to uphold academic freedom as a fundamental tenet of democracy is jeopardized.
Ukraine has a mixed human rights record over the past several decades, new data shows. Sergei Supinsky/AFP via Getty Images

Ukraine has a mixed record of treating its citizens fairly – that could make it harder for it to maintain peace, once the war ends

New data from 2000 through 2019 shows that Ukraine’s human rights record is better than Russia’s – but worse than that of its Western European neighbors.
Muslim pilgrims go through passport control in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on June 5, 2022, prior to the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Mecca. Amer Hilabi/AFP via Getty Images

New passport rankings show that the world is opening up – but not for everyone

A passport from the United Arab Emirates will get you into far more destinations than one from Afghanistan. Gaps like this have big implications for people’s ability to travel, reside and work.
Actor Ricardo Darín, left, and director Santiago Mitre pose at the Golden Globe Awards after “Argentina, 1985” won Best Motion Picture in a Non-English Language. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images

Democracies don’t just bounce back after dictatorships – Argentina’s Oscar nominee shows what justice afterward looks like

Several films have portrayed violence and fear under Argentina’s most recent dictatorship, but the Oscar-nominated ‘Argentina, 1985’ is the first to explore the trial that brought junta leaders to justice.
Israelis protest the new government – the most far-right, religiously conservative in history – on Dec. 29, 2022, outside the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Eyal Warshavsky/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Israel’s Netanyahu facing off against the supreme court and proposing to limit judicial independence – and 3 other threats to Israeli democracy

Israel’s most far-right and religious ruling coalition, which just assumed power, poses a profound threat to the country’s democratic institutions, from the courts to individual rights.
A new law will erode public oversight into police misconduct. In this July 2021 photo, police are seen clearing a homeless encampment in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Changing how police complaints are handled in Ontario violates the public trust

Upcoming changes to how complaints against Ontario police officers are processed will make it even harder to monitor human rights violations by police.
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Will Australia receive a red card for gender equity at the 2023 Women’s World Cup?

The Qatar World Cup has attracted criticism of the country’s human rights. With Australia set to host the women’s world cup next year, there’s some work we need to do in this area, too.
The Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity adopted their new post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework on Dec.19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

COP15’s Global Biodiversity Framework must advance Indigenous-led conservation to halt biodiversity loss by 2030

As protected and conserved areas increase, an equity-based approach that respects Indigenous rights can help bring the transformative changes we need to halt and reverse biodiversity loss.
A Kenyan judicial nominee to the East African Court of Justice, Charles Nyachae, is sworn in before a summit of regional leaders in Kampala in 2018. Kenya Presidential Communication Service

East African Court of Justice – what it is and what its powers are

The East African Court of Justice has been a keen promoter of the rule of law, democracy and human rights.

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