Power shortages in Gaza deepening the humanitarian crisis, say UN rights experts

CHRGJ Faculty Director & Co-Chair and UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston issued a statement alongside fellow UN experts warning that longstanding power shortages in Gaza have deepened the humanitarian crisis with hospitals in precarious conditions, water shortages growing, and untreated sewage being dumped into the Mediterranean.

“The two million residents of Gaza are suffering through a humanitarian crisis that is entirely human-made,” the experts said. “It represents a complete failure of all parties to uphold their fundamental human rights obligations, including the inalienable right to life.”

“We call on all those involved to immediately resolve their issues, and not to further penalize the residents of Gaza for political disputes among elites,” they said. “We call on the international community not to turn a blind eye to Gaza.  And we call for a full and immediate end to the 10-year blockade and closure, which amounts to collective punishment contrary to international law.”

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Photo Credit: Reuters.

 CHRGJ Congratulates Recipients of 2017 Global Justice Emerging Scholar Essay Prize

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) is pleased to name Ayako Hatano and Nathan Yaffe as the winners of this year’s Global Justice Emerging Scholar Essay Prize. Hatano and Yaffe receive this award for outstanding research and scholarship on papers submitted to the Center’s Fourteenth Annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference, held in April 2017.

The award, inaugurated by CHRGJ in 2013, is based on quality of writing; clarity of argument; originality or creativity of topic; depth of research conducted; and engagement with human rights scholarship and/or jurisprudence.

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CHRGJ Response to Executive Orders on Immigration and Other Human Rights Matters


The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice is a community of scholars, educators, journalists, advocates, and students from more than twenty countries around the world, united by a commitment to apply our skills towards a more humane and just world. On Friday, January 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump put those shared values at risk by issuing an Executive Order that halted the admission of all refugees and of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Center strongly condemns this order as a violation of international and domestic laws. Read our full statement condemning this and other recent harmful measures proposed by President Trump.

Photo Credit: Muslim ban protest in Dulles International Airport, Virginia. Source: Geoff Livingston/Creative Commons.