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Zeid warns against populists and demagogues in Europe and the U.S.

THE HAGUE / GENEVA (5 September 2016) –  In a hard-hitting speech in the Hague on Monday, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called for action to confront European and U.S. demagogues who blend a fictional halcyon past  with a classic propagandist mix of half truths and oversimplification, resulting in “the banalization of bigotry” and an atmosphere thick with hate that may descend into violence.


The first issue of the 2016 volume of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, of which SJP Professor Karin Arts is editor-in-chief, has been published.


  • Column on The EU Migration Crisis: What Next? by Thom Brooks
  • Article: Religious Organisations, Internal Autonomy and Other Religious Rights before the European Court of Human Rights and the OSCE by Sylvie Langlaude Doné
  • Article: The Functioning of the Pilot-Judgment Procedure of the European Court of Human Rights in Practice by Lize R. Glas
  • Article: Somali Piracy and the Human Rights of Seafarers by Sofia Galani
  • New documentation: Recent Publications on International Human Rights

Movies that Matter 2016

Category: Events

2 Mar 2016

From 18-26 March 2016, the annual Movies that Matter film festival will run in The Hague.

logo-mtm-en-website-2016-ukSponsored by the Dutch Section of Amnesty International, the MtM festival presents several ground-breaking films, as well as the subjects and makers of these films together in a week of screenings, debates, masterclasses and more.

The 2016 programme is now online.

image004One of the highlighted events this year is a Masterclass with Serge Bremmertz, prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, taking place on Wednesday 23 March 2016, from 16.00 – 17.15 hrs. Entrance is free, but registration is required via camerajustitia@moviesthatmatter.nl

In general, students receive a substantial discount at the festival. In addition, ISS has been able to arrange a limited number of further, discounted tickets for ISS-registered students. Contact Martin Blok for further information.

Human Rights Weekend

Category: Events

21 Jan 2016


The Power of One

Human Rights Watch organizes the Human Rights Weekend every year at the Balie in Amsterdam. This year it will be held from January 29 until the 31st.

The program will be full with films, debates and masterclasses. It would be great if ISS via social media and the website could get attention for the weekend.

The entire program is in Dutch and in English online on the website of de Balie:

Program & Tickets and via Twitter as well as Facebook


Professor Karin Arts has published an article on contemporary human rights challenges in the Netherlands

ArtsEntitled  Reflections on Human Rights in The Netherlands, the article appears in the December 2015 issue of the Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (vol. 33/4, pp. 374-381), a B-rated journal in the ranking of the CERES Research School.

The article addresses the following: Currently, in the Netherlands there is quite a bit of food for thought in terms of the state of human rights in the country. In 2015 the human rights record of the Netherlands as regards children’s rights and racial discrimination was scrutinized by the relevant treaty bodies of the United Nations. The assessments and recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination reached the Netherlands in a period in which issues concerning racial discrimination and the ongoing influx of asylum seekers have given rise to heated public debates. This article briefly reviews these issues and the conclusions drawn by the two UN treaty bodies. This then serves as a basis for discussing some of the implications of the current debates and treaty body assessments for the role of the State for promoting and protecting human rights and will lead to a plea for greater engagement on the part of the government of the Netherlands.

As noted by Vincent Bernard and Helen Durham in this special issue on sexual violence in armed conflict:

It is no longer tenable to claim that sexual violence is simply an ugly facet of our worst human inclinations and an unfortunate companion of war; today it is widely acknowledged that sexual violence is not an inevitable consequence of armed conflict.

The latest issue of the International Review of the Red Cross (IRRC), published by the International Committee of the Red Cross and Cambridge University Press, includes a contribution by Dr. Chris Dolan, who presented in a GGSJ/SJP-sponsored seminar in November 2015.

Follow this link to access this issue for free, until the end of 2015.

Refugee Law Project director Dr. Chris Dolan will lead a discussion on sexual violence again men in conflict settings.

refugee-law-project-logoA short presentation and discussion with Dr. Chris Dolan, Director of the Refugee Law Project at the School of Law, Makerere University in Uganda, will be preceded by a film screening from the Refugee Law Project’s series “Journeys to Activism”, each just over 5 minutes long.

This event is being co-sponsored by the ISS teaching major in Social Justice Perspectives and the ISS research programme in Governance, Globalization and Social Justice.

Venue:  ISS, Kortenaerkade 12, Den Haag
Room:  3.14
Date:   20 November 2015
Time:   16.15-17.45


There are two forthcoming lunchtime lectures on governance that we would like to bring to your attention

On 1 October 2015, Daphina Misiedjan, a PhD candidate at Utrecht University will present on: The human right to water in Suriname: a paradox of scarcity and abundance

On 8 October 2015, Dr. Nathanael Ali, lecturer and postdoc researcher at Erasmus School of law will present on: Dynamism and the Erosion of Procedural Safeguards in International Governance of Terrorism

Both lectures will be held in room 4.01, from 13 – 14 hrs.

You are very welcome to attend!


Daphina Misiedjan

Nathanael Tilahun Ali


Can human rights bring social justice?

Worldwide socio-economic inequalities are mounting. While in absolute terms poverty rates are slowly going down, differences in income and wealth are growing. Deprived groups and protest movements mobilize to demand social justice. What do human rights have to offer them?

The latest essay volume in Amnesty International’s Changing Perspectives on Human Rights series, Can human rights bring social justice? focuses on the potential and limits of human rights for social justice and trade-offs in the strategic decisions of human rights NGOs.


The volume contains contributions from, among others, Sara Burke (Friedrich Ebert Stiftung), Samuel Moyn (Harvard), Aryeh Neier (formerly Human Rights Watch) and current and former Directors of Amnesty International such as Widney Brown and David Petrasek.

Human Rights jobs

Category: Opportunities

1 Sep 2015


Please find below the latest vacancies in Human Rights Jobs.

Free to view:

– Program Coordinator/Case Manager for Adult Victim Services Program, DE, USA
– Oceans National Activist Network Fellowship (DC and SF), Greenpeace, USA
– Program Coordinator/Case Manager for Adult Victim Services Program, DE, USA
–  Manager of Integration Programs, DC, USA
– Corporate and Foundation Giving Manager, DC, USA
– Director of Development, DC, USA
–  Major Gifts Manager, DC, USA

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– Advocacy Adviser for Africa, Kenya (password)
– Managing Director, Digital Content & Brand Development, NY, USA (password)
– East Africa Press Officer, Nairobi (password)
– Researcher – Latin America, NY, USA (password)
– Associate Administration Division, NY, USA (password)
– Field Director, DC, USA (password)
– Director of Communications, DC, USA (password)
– Racial and Economic Justice Initiative Manager, DC, USA (password)
– Office Manager, GA, USA (password)
– Executive Assistant , NY, USA (password)
– Development Operations Assistant, CA, USA (password)
– Director of Grants & Donor Communications, CA, USA (password)
– Finance Coordinator, IA, USA (password


The Human Rights Jobs Team

International Institute of Social Studies

Human Rights is a specialization within the Human Rights, Conflict and Gender Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Human Rights teaching team.