The Human Rights Programme monitors the international human rights situation (HR), compliance with international humanitarian law (IHL) and transitional justice (TJ) mechanisms and highlights the issues on the international agenda. The Programme’s research work is reflected in specific newsletters, publications and in teaching and dissemination activities.
1) Transitional justice. Analysis and monitoring of transitional justice mechanisms worldwide. Transitional justice is meant to strike a balance between peace and the need for justice to be done for human rights abuses perpetrated during a conflict or by a non democratic regime. In this regard, the following activities are undertaken by the Human Rights Programme:
- Follow up of international and ad hoc criminal courts.
- Follow up of truth commissions and other reconciliation mechanisms.
- Follow up of judicial proceedings in ordinary justice.
- Follow up of reparation policies and practice.
2) Human Rights. The Programme team works on a thorough follow up of the day to day human rights situation worldwide with special emphasis on the debates included on the international agenda, such as the impact of the fight against terrorism on individual freedoms; the impact of armed conflicts upon civilians and human rights violations patterns in different countries. This research work is also reflected in other School publications, like Semáforo prepared by the Conflict and Peacebulding Programme. The Programme on Human Rights also produces a Human Rights Index.
• The Human Rights Index: measures the degree of lack of protection or noncompliance of the obligations of States in regard to human rights and the IHL in 195 countries.
• Blog: This is to report that the Human Rights news blog will be discontinued as of July 2011. (in Spanish)
• Business and human rights. The Human Rights Programme monitors the role of companies with regard to human rights, also known as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) with a special emphasis on the extracting industry.
• Transitional Justice Bulletin. The bulletin is a news compilation of processes undertaken by states that have undergone an armed conflict, in order to deal with past abuses and initiate a peacebuiding strategy.
• ¡Alert 2010! A report on conflicts, human rights and peacebuilding.
- NOUR - Drets Humans en Construcció. Autora Douâa El amrani Memdouh (in Catalan)