human rights


How universal are refugee rights? Insights from new data analysis

It is generally accepted that all individuals, regardless of their nationality or place of residence, possess fundamental rights simply by virtue of being human. This principle of ‘universality’ is the cornerstone of modern international human rights law. While refugee rights are primarily codified in a separate branch of international law—built around the 1951 Geneva Convention—the […]

State control + human rights: Venezuelan displacement to Colombia and lessons from South American migration governance

The emigration of 5.6 million Venezuelans since 2015 means that South America is undergoing the largest forced displacement in the region’s history. On March 1 2021, the Colombian government, the main receiving country of Venezuelan migrants, issued an Executive decree that made headlines across the world. Decree 216 of 2021 could potentially regularise around 2.5 […]