Posts tagged ‘Human Rights’

Is the International Criminal Court a flawed …..

Guest blog by Professor Ray Murphy of the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway, looking at the failings of the International Criminal Court – and inviting the reader to the Summer School on this topic.

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Continue Reading 15/04/2014 at 10:10 am Leave a comment

Economic growth and Development – Does one lead automatically to the other?

One of the great untold stories is that the world has witnessed greater absolute improvements in health, wealth, and education in the past decade than in any comparable period in human history. It may not look like that, as too often media and NGO reports highlight the many problems in developing countries, but the overall story of “global development” is a positive one.

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Continue Reading 30/05/2013 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

Global equality: the domestic case

In a recent blog post (Why Ireland invests in overseas aid, 18 May 2012), Dóchas summarised the government’s rationale for its aid programme. The arguments are specific and well founded drawing on the moral imperative, the business and environmental cases, as well as Ireland’s historical experience of famine.

However the case presented does nothing to suggest that there is an equality argument for addressing global inequalities, and that this equality argument is not that different from the rationale for reducing inequalities here in Ireland. Indeed it is not unusual, in the context of the current crisis the cases for poverty alleviation internationally and domestically are pitted against each other and by extension any focus on inequality.

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Continue Reading 02/07/2012 at 11:00 am 3 comments

Is there an App for “human development”?

A list of the many apps for mobile phones that are relevant for people working for human development anywhere.

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Continue Reading 02/04/2011 at 8:02 am 14 comments

Ireland needs a rights-based foreign policy

The formation of a new Government is a unique opportunity for Ireland to develop a new foreign policy, more explicitly based on the fulfilment of human rights.

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Continue Reading 02/03/2011 at 11:07 am Leave a comment

Ireland’s Human Rights Obligation: overseas aid

As Ireland prepares for the UN’s assessment of its human rights track record, we argue that States have a legal obligation, under human rights treaties, to ensure the realisation of people’s rights at home as well as abroad.

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Continue Reading 20/11/2010 at 8:08 am Leave a comment


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