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Remixed lives, reincarnated images and live- streamed co- presence
Sam Gregory

184 13 Human rights in an age of distant witnesses: remixed lives, reincarnated images and live-​streamed co-​presence Sam Gregory What is the role of the ‘distant witness’ to human rights, participating in witnessing at a distance (either within a country, or internationally) via recorded, remixed, ‘reincarnated’ and live video? Within the context of broader democratisation and participation in human rights image-​making, new participants in active ‘distant witnessing’ shape and reshape narratives in ways that highlight long-​standing questions of how

in Image operations
A reflective narrative
Patrick Thornberry

Indigenous peoples and HR 17 Indigenous peoples and the discourses of human rights: a reflective narrative The system of human rights is not closed. It is theoretically possible that forms of closure of normative categories will in time descend on indigenous groups, disabling the groups (normatively) from accessing minority rights, just as minorities are not encouraged to access indigenous rights. Such an outcome is not certain, and appears improbable in the present state of international law and relations. Closing off categories is also dubious morally and

in Indigenous peoples and human rights
Anne Owers

9780719079740_C01.qxd 1 22/2/10 15:10 Page 9 Anne Owers Prisons inspection and the protection of human rights1 This essay is about why independent inspection of places of custody is a necessary part of human rights protection, and how that independence is manifested and preserved in practice. In this society, incarceration is the highest penalty that the state can impose – and, increasingly, that is the case in many countries of the world as international pressure to abolish the death penalty grows. The expansion of the Council of Europe and the insistence

in Incarceration and human rights
Alain-Guy Sipowo

this context that the question of the role of the African human rights system with respect to the accountability of multinational corporations is posed. While it is indisputable that Africa needs FDI to grow, the question as to whether this investment is sustainable, that is to say, whether it takes into account economic progress as much as social issues, is acute. If we had to

in African perspectives in international investment law
Victor Adetula and Olugbemi Jaiyebo

pressures on authoritarian governments and set them on the path of reform that culminated in different forms of liberal democratic transition. 1 There is also a growing global consensus on the legitimacy of such Western values as individualism, liberty, human rights, equality before the law, free markets, the rule of law and, most significantly, liberal democracy. 2 The experiences

in African perspectives in international investment law
Paul Johnson

107 6 Paul Johnson Beliefs about the European Court of Human Rights in the United Kingdom Parliament Introduction There is widespread and growing mistrust of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) in the United Kingdom (UK). Recent high-​profile judgments against the UK on issues such as the disfranchisement of offenders in prison (Hirst v the United Kingdom (no. 2), 2005) and the irreducibility of ‘whole life orders’ imposed on prisoners (Vinter and Others v the United Kingdom, 2013) have led senior politicians to claim that the ECtHR has ‘discredited

in Law in popular belief
Shaun T. O’Keeffe

7 Older people, human rights, law and policy Mary Keys Introduction There is general recognition that the population of the world is ageing faster than at any other time in history and those over 60 are the fastest growing population worldwide. Almost 700 million people are now over 60. In 2050, that figure will be over 2 billion and for the first time in human history, there will be more people over 60 than children in the world­– ­more than one in five of the world’s population will be aged 60 or older (UN DESA, 2012). Gender is an issue in the midst of these

in Ethical and legal debates in Irish healthcare
Stephen Shute

9780719079740_C03.qxd 3a 22/2/10 15:10 Page 61 Stephen Shute Mental illness, preventive detention, prison, and human rights1 Throughout his long and distinguished career, Larry Gostin has campaigned tirelessly to improve the way modern societies treat those experiencing mental illness. In his essay for the Oxford Amnesty Lectures, Gostin again turns his attention to this topic. Using language that pulls no punches, he catalogues the appalling inhumanities that people with mental illness have had to endure and condemns what he describes as a ‘vicious cycle

in Incarceration and human rights
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Jeffrey Flynn

not need a camera to etch realistic depictions of brutality in The Disasters of War . Completed between 1810 and 1820, they were published in 1863, a year after Henry Dunant’s impassioned plea for the humanitarian reform of war-making in A Memory of Solferino . Goya’s images of suffering and atrocity, as Sharon Sliwinski aptly puts it, were ‘informal training for the spectator of human rights’ (2011:12). Even if the visual culture of humanitarianism precedes the birth of photography, it is

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs
An Interview with Celso Amorim, Former Brazilian Foreign Minister
Juliano Fiori

decorated living Brazilian diplomat. As we began discussing international affairs and strategy, Amorim’s speech assumed a calm, professorial cadence. ‘Global disorder’ undermines international cooperation, he suggested soberly. And there is a need to rescue human rights discourse, despite the hypocrisy and selectivity of its liberal proponents. Amorim leant forward when I brought up Brazil’s recent withdrawal from the world stage. As foreign minister throughout the two presidential terms of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, from 2003 to 2011, he guided

Journal of Humanitarian Affairs