human rights

“No Longer Refugees, But Citizens:” Libyan Refugees Demonstrate in Reggio Emilia

A few hundreds of asylum seekers from Libya demonstrated in the northern-eastern town of Reggio Emilia, where they currently live. They were demanding resident status and, consequently, access to social services before their temporary permits expire. Their struggle to be considered "citizens" and no longer "refugees" casts light on the shortfalls of the Italian policies on refugees, too often looked as an "emergency" rather than a matter of social inclusion and justice.

Migrant stories from Fortress Italy

It’s spring, and while most of us are already organising our summer holidays, some people have very different journeys in mind. In Northern Africa, migrants from all over the continent try to reach the Sicilian coast by any means.

South African human rights Day Assembly

Today has been a particurlarly shit day for me at school and in light of me being lazy about posting the update on Pro Share I thought I could do a small little post about our assembly today which was to do with aparthied because it is human rights day in South Africa today.

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry

Who's Afraid of Ai Weiwei

Here's a video (and links to a couple of other videos) previewing the new documentary about the Chinese artist and political activist, Ai Weiwei, which is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. I've also added my own thoughts on Ai Weiwei.

Paradoxes of human rights - Robert Kurz

Analysis of the paradoxes of the concept of "human rights" under capitalism, which "objectively" defines human rights as a function of the individual's "solvency" or usefulness in capital's valorization process, and "subjectively" according to whether the individual is ideologically defined as a "friend" or an "enemy".

Taking Liberties, written and directed by Chris Atkins, 2007. Film review - Tom Jennings

Reviews this documentary lambasting Labour's assault on freedom.

The Obscenity of Human Rights: Violence as Symptom - Slavoj Žižek

Slavoj Žižek

The anxious expectation that nothing will happen, that capitalism will go on indefinitely, the desperate demand to do something, to revolutionize capitalism, is a fake. The will to revolutionary change emerges as an urge, as an "I cannot do it otherwise," or it is worthless.

Nicaragua set to outlaw abortion

Pro-life campaigners welcome the proposed ban on abortion

Nicaragua is expected to approve a law that outlaws all forms of abortion today.

Against human rights - Slavoj Žižek

Alibi for militarist interventions, sacralization for the tyranny of the market, ideological foundation for the fundamentalism of the politically correct: can the ‘symbolic fiction’ of universal rights be recuperated for the progressive politicization of actual socio-economic relations?