Global Campus of Human Rights Magazine is a promotional publication with the intent to make the various activities of the Global Campus of Human Rights better known to our partners and the public at large. In order to increase the visibility of our activities in Italy, and in particular in Venice and the Region of Veneto, we publish our Magazine in both English and Italian.
It is structured in the following sections:
Press Office Interviews with donors, partners and speakers of the online Global Campus of Human Rights Conversations;
Updates on News & Events of the Global Campus of Human Rights at local and international level;
Main Campaigns to raise awareness of our impact and attract more supporters.
Global Campus of Human Rights Magazine è una pubblicazione promozionale il cui intento è far conoscere meglio ai nostri partner e al grande pubblico le varie attività del Global Campus of Human Rights. Al fine di aumentare la visibilità delle nostre attività in Italia, ed in particolare a Venezia e nella Regione Veneto, la Rivista viene pubblicata sia in inglese che in italiano.
E' strutturata come segue:
Press Office Interviews con sostenitori, partner e alcuni fra i partecipanti alla Global Campus of Human Rights Conversation;
Aggiornamenti riguardanti News & Eventi del Global Campus of Human Rights, sul piano locale e internazionale;
Le principali Campagne per sensibilizzare il pubblico sul nostro impatto e attirare più sostenitori.
Browsing Global Campus of Human Rights Magazine by Author "Agaltsova, Marina"
The Russian war of aggression against the Ukraine might become
a turning point in world history. It not only constitutes one of
the most serious crimes under international law, the crime of
aggression, it blatantly violates the most fundamental rule of post
WW II architecture, the prohibition of the use of military force.
Notwithstanding various urgent calls by the overwhelming majority
of States in the UN General Assembly to immediately stop the war,
despite Russia’s exclusion from the Council of Europe and the UN
Human Rights Council, and contrary to a legally binding ruling of
the International Court of Justice, Mr Putin continues to show a
total disrespect for the international rule of law and multilateralism.
A!er more than six months of a bloody war with many thousands of
soldiers and civilians killed and millions of the most serious human
rights violations committed, two possible scenarios seem to emerge.
Either Mr Putin realizes that he cannot win this war and will finally
engage in international peace negotiations under the auspices
of the United Nations, or he will win the war. The second scenario
would mean the final breakdown of the post WW II architecture and
a return to the rule of the jungle. It will encourage Mr Putin to wage
further wars, e.g. in Moldova or Central Asia, possibly followed by
other States, such as China against Taiwan.
During armed conflicts, most human rights are violated on a massive
scale, and the international community can do very little to prevent or
stop these violations of international human rights and humanitarian
law. The only mechanism designed by the international community
to stop an aggressor and to protect the civilian population against the
most serious crimes under international law, namely the collective
security system under Chapter VII of the UN Charter, including the
Responsibility to Protect (R2P) mechanism, is paralysed if one of the
five permanent members of the Security Council is directly involved.
As a global network of universities dedicated to human rights,
we need to step up our joint efforts of promoting and protecting
human rights, even in such an increasingly hostile environment. In
our core activity, providing post-graduate human rights education,
we recently decided to start an 8th regional Master in Human Rights
and Sustainablity in the Central Asian region (including Afghanistan and Mongolia), coordinated by the OSCE Academy in Bishkek.
During our recent teaching experience at the Summer School on
Human Rights and Human Security in Kyrgyzstan, Imke and I were
impressed by the professional standards of the OSCE Academy and
the high quality of their students.
In addition, we are intensifying the social responsibility, advocacy
and practical human rights work of our universities, as exemplified
by our program, to provide a safe space for Afghan scholars and
students at risk and our new project on “reconceptualising exile”,
which we are developing in partnership with our donors and friends
at Right Livelihood. Our new priority of closely cooperating with and
supporting human rights defenders in all world regions, which we
started with the Venice School on Human Rights Defenders and our
cooperation with Sakharov and Right Livelihood Laureates, is also
reflected in various contributions to this Global Campus Human
Rights Magazine, above all the interviews with the Afghan film maker
Sahraa Karimi and the Russian human rights lawyer of “Memorial”
Marina Agaltsova, as well as the admirable activities of Bucharest
University in supporting and providing shelter for Ukrainian refugees.
The highlights of our recent activities were the Global Classroom on
Internally Displaced Persons in June in Pretoria and our 2nd annual
Venice Conference on the Global State of Human Rights in July,
which we organise in cooperation with the European Parliament and
which was this year dedicated to the rights of children as agents
of change. As the President of the European Parliament, Roberta
Metsola, emphasised in her keynote speech, our future depends
on the empowerment of children and their active involvement in our
political decision making processes.
Let’s hope that Mr Putin does not win his war of aggression,
that he will finally be held accountable for all his crimes, and that
the post WW II architecture, based on the three pillars of security,
development and human rights, will even be strengthened by these
unfortunate events! The Global Campus of Human Rights provides
the necessary knowledge, skills and attitude to those future change
makers who will steer our planet in the right direction once again.
_______________________________________________________________________ This issue includes interviews and special contributions: Roberta Metsola,
President of the European Parliament;
President of the Global Campus
of Human Rights;
Russian Human Rights Lawyer;
University of Bucharest,
Major Hub for Supporting Ukrainian