Human rights and democratisation are live, active discourses that engage highly passionate responses. By challenging ourselves and others to critique and re-imagine the promotion and protection of human rights and democratisation, our conversations are made all the more interesting and the shared learning enriched.

Rights! aims to be an independent, accessible and egalitarian platform where different views, ideas, approaches, interests and practices meet. It gathers together think pieces, comments from the field, case studies, interviews, critiques and provocations from established and emerging human rights professionals from all regions of the world. The objectives of the platform are to:

  • showcase quality pieces by academics, practitioners, (inter)governmental officials, graduates and students alike
  • speak on a variety of human rights and democratisation issues to a larger audience than the ‘converted’
  • offer information and orientation about events, activities, publications and people
  • enable cross-learning among different constituencies
  • inspire prompt reactions, debates and further cooperation

Rights! was initiated in 2015 by a small group of graduates from the European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA), with the support of the Board of the E.MAlumni Association. In the spirit of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation and the Global Campus of Master’s Programmes and Diplomas in Human Rights and Democratisation, the blog site connects different disciplines, institutions and experts. It offers varied perspectives across sectors, themes, areas of work and continents. In so doing, it also provides opportunities to reinforce synergies between knowledge and skills; theory and practice; teaching, learning and daily implementation.

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All writers and editors contribute to Rights! on a voluntary basis. Authors write in their personal capacity and their opinions do not represent the views of the institutions or organisations with whom they are affiliated. The editors do not necessarily endorse the viewpoints expressed by the authors or in comments and cannot be held personally responsible for content.

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