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Human rights are “the basic rights and freedoms to which all humans are entitled”.

Examples of rights and freedoms which are often thought of as human rights include civil and political rights, such as the right to life, liberty, and property, freedom of expression, pursuit of happiness and equality before the law; and social, cultural and economic rights, including the right to participate in science and culture, the right to work, and the right to education.

Human rights are protected by legal mechanisms which are attached to policies in every country, with varying levels of implementation of the law.

All humans are born with human rights and they cannot be removed, regardless of the status of implementation in their country.

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Researchers link “neighbourhood disadvantage” to higher COVID infections

A study on New York City neighbourhoods found that "neighbourhood disadvantage", a mix of inequality measurements, is connected to a higher rate of COVID-19 cases.
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Study finds link between partisan ideology and victim blaming

When it comes to discussions about sexual assault, a new study suggests a link between strong partisan ideology and victim blaming.
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Can the Irish Action Plan support business and human rights?

Professor Martha O’Hagan, Trinity Business School, discusses the human rights potential of a second Irish National Action Plan.
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Food & nutrition: Imagining a future-fit world

Jyotsna Puri (Jo) PhD, Director of the Environment, Climate Gender, Youth, Nutrition and Social Inclusion Division at UN International Fund for Agricultural Development, imagines a future-fit world when it comes to food and nutrition.
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New data finds 1.6% of UK rape cases lead to charges

The Guardian revealed new data analysis of the Home Office figures on crime, finding that only 1.6% of UK rape cases led to charges in 2020 - which is 843 out of 52,210.
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Climate change, environmental justice and COVID-19

Here, Professor Pamela Lein at University of California, Davis, explains the 'perfect storm' unfolding in the intersection of climate change, environmental justice and COVID-19.
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COVID-19 and its impact on society

European Public Health Association Executive Director, Dineke Zeegers Paget, updates us about COVID-19 and its impact on society, public health, healthcare and equitable access to vaccines.
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Progressive State Leadership

Here, Professor Richard Beardsworth discusses progressive state leadership via the new, Biden US administration and the global fight against climate change.
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Study says 66% of Indian public blame Muslim population for COVID

Researchers at Monash Business School surveyed the Indian public in Uttar Pradesh, finding that 66% blame the Muslim population for the spread of COVID.
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Supporting economic growth & regeneration in the UK

Bev Hurley CBE, Chair of the Institute of Economic Development, calls for "a sharp and clear focus" in the Shared Prosperity Fund to reduce inequality.
US TRIPS waiver, intellectual property

What happens now that the US supports the TRIPS waiver?

Rachel Thrasher, Research Fellow at the Global Development Policy Center in Boston, explains how the new US stance could change the TRIPS waiver debate.
TRIPS waiver, intellectual property

US declares support for TRIPS waiver on COVID vaccines

The TRIPS waiver would temporarily stop an intellectual property law that stops poorer countries to manufacture the vaccine - the US now joins India and South Africa in the proposal.
anti-black bias, racism

Research finds that one in five US police have anti-Black bias

Anti-Black bias has been the subject of #blm protests all year - now, sociologists have analysed 4.8 million adults to further explore the current status of police racism.
vaccinate population covid, COVAX

Some countries can’t vaccinate population against COVID until 2023

In February, 16% of the world's population pre-ordered 70% of available COVID vaccines - now, researchers at Colombia University reveal that some poorer countries won't be able to vaccinate their population until 2023.
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Prioritising maternal and child health in the COVID-19 era

Mahesh Karra, Assistant Professor of Global Development Policy, discusses the importance of maternal and child health during the COVID pandemic.
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Archaeologists say removing statues will not “erase history”

Archaeologists say that the role of racism in "history-making" is still present and that removing statues does not risk erasing history.
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How can teachers discuss anti-Asian racism and violence?

When it comes to talking about anti-Asian racism and recent violence with pupils, teachers may feel unsure of how to start - here, University of Kansas researchers explain how popular culture can help.
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Research finds anti-Asian racism rose after COVID-19 called “China Virus”

The recent shootings in Atlanta and Cherokee County took eight lives, six of them Asian - highlighting the rise in anti-Asian racism after COVID-19.
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COVID-19 exposes “decades of neglect” in US healthcare system

Jacob Bor, Assistant Professor in Global Health and Epidemiology at Boston University School of Public Health, says COVID shed light on what he describes as "decades of neglect".
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Racial prejudice: Why Asian Americans are still blamed for COVID-19

Racial prejudice, fuelled by poor coping mechanisms and biased social media consumption, has shaped how the public view Asian Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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