Who can and who wants to become Austrian? Austrian naturalization politics as a challenge for democracy

There is a growing difference between those who can vote in Austrian elections and those who are affected by decisions of Austrian politics. This difference is a consequence of international migration, but in essence politically constructed: Via restrictive citizenship and electoral policies, there is a mismatch between the obstacles to …

Indigenous people in Brazil: Global cooperation and the right to life

Indigenous rights violation can be traced back to the days of Colonialism. Ever since the indigenous people have struggled to exercise their right to life. The current political situation in Brazil, under the interim president Temer and his mishandling of environmental issues and needs of indigenous people, emphasises the importance …

Hero’s Burial of President Marcos

The Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos, who served as president of a dictatorial regime from 1972 until 1981, was interred in a Heroes’ Cemetery on November 18th, 2016. Although groups petitioned for the cancellation of this internment, on August 8th, 2017 the Supreme Court finally decided to affirm the ruling authorizing …

The ‘List of Shame’ – a Sham? Accountability of conflict parties for child rights violations

The carefully crafted agenda of the UN Security Council (UNSC) to protect children during armed conflicts has been praised for being an effective accountability tool, not least because it is relatively unpolitical. The UN Secretary General’s (UNSG) annual report lists perpetrators responsible for grave violations against children, stigmatizes and creates …

The Common European Asylum System – Time for a reboot?

Even though recognizing the principle of non-refoulement and the need for a joint approach in order to guarantee high human rights standards of refugees’ protection, the Common European Asylum System (CEAS) was conceptualized as a migration control instrument, based on the principles of solidarity and mutual trust. Yet, the proclaimed …

About Serious Fouls and Fair Play – Human Rights in and through Sports

The time to leave the implementation of non-discrimination to sovereign states on a global scale seems to be over. Shifts in factual power towards non-state actors call for a more inclusive understanding of engagement in human rights policies. In this article, the international sporting scene serves as an example to …