More violent attacks do not stop women human rights defenders in Guatemala

Maria Hernandéz participates in the peaceful resistance movement in the Ixquisis Micro-Region in Guatemala. Photo: Maria Hernandéz.

The work of female human rights defenders in Guatemala is fundamental to social change in the country, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Despite the important role in society that women and women human rights defenders play in the country, their situation has become increasingly risky. This is what peace observer Emil Wenlöf writes in an analysis on Utvecklingsmagasinet.

January 4, 2022, Guest analysis

The UN recognizes the right to a healthy environment

The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva voted in favor of a new human right in the autumn - the right to a healthy environment. Photo: Elma Okic. Source: Flickr.

Of: Ulrika Granlund

The right to a healthy environment was voted through in the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 8 - and the world now has a new human right. This right strengthens the link between climate and human rights, something that UN experts believe is important as we live in a world with increasing climate-related issues, such as desertification and large-scale oil projects.

December 21, 2021, Interview

That is why we must defend girls' rights

Every three seconds, a girl is forced to marry and 120 million girls in the world have been subjected to sexual violence at some point. This is what Plan International Sweden writes in a debate article on Utvecklingsmagasinet. Photo: Plan International.

Of: Plan International Sweden

The world is not equal. And for girls, this means that they are discriminated against twice - both because of their age and their gender. Something that has major consequences for how they can live their lives and shape their future, writes Plan International Sweden.

December 10, 2021, Debate

Write for rights

Date and time: 10 Dec, 08:00 - 16:00

Do you want to make a real difference and contribute to positive change in our world? In many places around the world, people are being detained for who they are, what they believe in and standing up for it. FUF Jönköping, together with Students for Sustainable Action (SSA), will participate in the global initiative Write […]

December 6, 2021, English, Calendar, Local group, Seminars, Educational activity

Young Activists in Shrinking Civic Space: The importance of applying an age lens

Date and time: 1 Dec, 08:30 - 08:30

Across the world we see the democratic space for civil society shrinking, putting young activists at risk and hindering their civic engagement. Based on consultations with young activists in 21 countries, Plan International has put together a policy brief on how we - as development partners - can better support young activists and their organizations […]

November 20, 2021, English, Calendar, Seminars

Migrants deported from the US and Mexico: "They are pressured to take more dangerous routes"

Tens of thousands of migrants have set up camp on the US-Mexico border while awaiting asylum. Photo: Christian Palma. Source: Flickr.

Of: Hanne Karlsson

Tens of thousands of refugees and migrants, mainly from Haiti, have been deported from the United States and Mexico in the past month. Many of them have been forced to leave the countries without being given the opportunity to seek asylum. Several human rights organizations claim that this is both discriminatory, illegal treatment and something that violates migrants' human rights.

November 11, 2021, Analysis

The Western world's continued silence about the bomb war in Libya

The conversation about how NATO bombings violated international law is still shrouded in obscurity. Pictured: Norwegian F-16 fighter jet at Souda air base after bombing mission in Libya in 2011. Photo: Metziker / Flickr.

Of: Andreas Klawitter

A little more than ten years have passed since the UN-sanctioned NATO intervention in Libya militarily forced a regime change and overthrew dictator Muammar Gaddafi. Utvecklingsmagasinet has interviewed the publisher of alliansfriheten.se, Lars-Gunnar Liljestrand, to shed light on how the military operation, of which Sweden was a part, violated international law on several different levels.

October 28, 2021, Interview

I can never accept that girls grow up with extinguished dreams

- When families fall deeper into poverty, it is the girls who have to pay the price, writes Jennifer Vidmo, Secretary General of ActionAid Sweden, on International Girls' Day. Pictured: Naima, 7 years old (left), and Mushtak, 8 years old (right), in Burao, Somaliland. Photo: ActionAid, Karin Schermbrucker.

Of: Jennifer Vidmo

Today is International Girls' Day. A day to celebrate all the girls? No, a day to stand up for girls' rights - which is violated and diminished every day and exposes young girls to a life that we can all agree on is completely unreasonable. In poverty and not least in the wake of pandemics where families are destitute and without hope, girls are most at risk of being hit the hardest, writes ActionAid's Secretary General Jennifer Vidmo in a guest column.

October 11, 2021, Guest chronicle

Week 39: Consumers' responsibility for the climate and a call for a Swedish boycott of the World's Fair in Dubai

On the first of October, the gates opened for the world exhibition Expo 2020 in Dubai. A Swedish boycott of the exhibition is one of the topics that has been debated during the past week. Photo: Canva.

Of: Linnea Boström

The climate has been in focus on Swedish debate pages during the past week. Greta Thunberg's speech ahead of the German election has provoked reactions, as has the consumer's responsibility in the climate crisis. Human rights have also been debated - through calls on Sweden to boycott the world exhibition in Dubai and to take home the Swedish citizens who are in prison camps in Syria.

October 4, 2021, Current debate

Week 22: The climate issue, Israeli and Chinese policies in this week's debate

Of: The Chancellery

This week, the climate issue has been debated from a child rights perspective, among other things, and it has also been contrasted with the health issue. It has also continued to discuss Israel's policy and the Jewish Youth League has drawn attention to anti-Semitism in Sweden. China's policies have also been highlighted, partly due to China's treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang province.

June 8, 2021, Current debate