Call for Papers: Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

The Berlin Forum on Global Politics, the Institute for Global Dialogue, and the RECLAIM! Universal Human Rights Initiative are pleased to announce that we are jointly organizing a call for papers on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and its Articles. The UDHR is the landmark document for the international human rights movement of the 20th century, and remains its legal bedrock today.

Our publication will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Declaration, aiming to expand awareness about the document in general and understanding about contemporary human rights issues in particular. We believe that discussing and sharing ideas on the UDHR will help to make it more effective in protecting human dignity and security. For these reasons, we will also distribute our publication under a Creative Commons license, so that everybody interested in reading and sharing it can do so freely.

If you are an institution, organization, group, or individual who is interested both in the trials and prospects of the Declaration, we invite you to submit an abstract for an article – short, informative, and written without jargon –  and contribute to academic, expert, and public understanding of the UDHR and its Articles. The deadline for the submission of abstracts is Monday, 24th June, 2019.

You can read the call for papers in its entirety here and download it here.

(Photo credit: United Nations Photo | Flickr: Eleanor Roosevelt, Chair of the United Nations Human Rights Commission, on 1st July 1947)

Blog Post Series: Human Rights and Global Politics

frankieleon - flickrThe Berlin Forum on Global Politics welcomes a new contributor to our blog, Adam S. Wilkins, as we launch a blog post series related to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and a global political initiative to reaffirm support for the Declaration and the observance of human rights.

Adam starts the blog post series explaining the historical background of the UDHR, the nature of its political context, and the politics of its ratification, and poses questions about where the Declaration stands today. The blog post, entitled ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The Historical Background and the Challenge Today’, is available here.

For more information on the global political initiative, which will be explained in detail in another blog post, please visit the website of the RECLAIM! Universal Human Rights Initiative.

(Photo credit: frankieleon| Flickr)

Building a Coalition to Further Democracy

Shepard-DefendDignityDuring the last two months, the Berlin Forum on Global Politics has worked with a broad and diverse coalition of organizations and individuals to understand, explain, and confront the threats to democratic institutions and values, socio-cultural diversity, and the stability of global politics that are posed by the resurgence of far-right populism, discriminatory political discourses, and authoritarianism within Europe and the rest of the world.

Our collective efforts have only started, but we invite you – to that effect – to participate, today and throughout the weekend, in peaceful demonstrations that will be held in every state of the United States and in more than 30 countries across the world.

Come and voice your solidarity with women’s rights, affordable health care, and equal pay, and your rejection of far-right populism and its divisive politics of hatred and insularity.

Please read more on the demonstrations that will be held in Berlin today and tomorrow; on those that will also be held in European capitals today; and, on those that will be held in the US today and throughout the weekend.

Come and help us shape the future!

(Photo credit: Shepard Fairey | The Amplifier Foundation)

New Blog Post: On the US Presidential Election

23872390719_6a5c73e28b_hDonald John Trump’s victory in the 2016 United States presidential elections has shocked the country and the world. The offensive discourse that characterized the President-elect’s campaign has left the US starkly divided. Women and minorities are rightly concerned about their human and civil rights. Days and nights of protests have followed the electoral result.

The international community is also concerned about the implications of a foreign policy that would be characterized by stalwart insularity and disengagement from the political, economic, and military alliances and strategies that the US has nurtured since the end of World War II.   

Co-founder Miguelángel Verde Garrido explains, in this blog post, what are the potential implications of President-elect Trump’s victory to democracy, the state of the union, and human and civil rights in the US, as well as some of the potential implications of the Trump administration for global politics. The blog post, entitled ‘Time to be Brave in the Land of the Free’, is available here.

(Photo credit: Chris Piascik | Flickr)