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The Dead Brazilian River - Human Rights Reflection by Carina Calabria #3

Main theme: Environment and Law
Human rights identify and protect exactly what is essential, what cannot be eroded.

 

Carina Calabria is a PhD candidate at the University of Manchester. She was a researcher of the project "A Sociology of the Transnational Constitution", funded by the European Research Council with an advanced grant. In this video, Carina analyses some implications of the death of the River Doce in Brazil, bringing us a reflection about human rights, environmental rights and development. 

Her PhD addresses the efficacy of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, with a focus on cases concerning indigenous rights,  amnesty laws, and prison system. In the last years, Carina engaged in socio-legal research and carried out fieldwork in different countries in Latin America interviewing a great array of legal actors. She was a Visiting Professional at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights during the first semester of 2015.

Is Sharia (Islamic Law) Compatible with Human Rights? By Mohamed Arafa #2

Main theme: Sharia
You shouldn't believe on what terrorists preach about Sharia!
 
Mohamed Arafa is a law professor in Egypt, USA, and Brasil teaching Islamic law, human rights and transitional justice. In the video, he talks about the interpretation of Islamic law according to various schools of thoughts. He says that some Muslim Countries are failing in achieving the accurate goals of this law. That some States often provide a bad image of Sharia based on their own practices and traditions. Also, how the Islamic law affords and provides human rights, especially for women, religious minorities, etc. He explains that the moderate interpretation of article 2 of Egyptian Constitution by the Supreme Court should represent the liberal interpretation of the Islamic law all over the world.
 

About the human rights defender:

‘Arafa, is an Assistant Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Alexandria University Faculty of Law (Egypt) and an Adjunct Professor teaching Islamic Law at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (U.S.A) and recently visiting professor at University of Brasilia law school. He earned his Bachelor of Laws from Alexandria University Faculty of Law in Egypt, Master of Laws from the University of Connecticut School of Law, and Doctor of Juridical Science from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
 

Education in Brazil: Gender and Sexual Orientation Curriculum? By Maria Rehder #1

Main theme: Education
Taking out the terms 'gender' and 'sexual orientation' from the Educational Curriculum is unacceptable!

Maria Rehder

Maria Rehder is the project coordinator of the Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education and vice-president of ABPEducom. The Brazilian Campaign is considered the most comprehensive and plural coordination in the field of education in Brazil. In this video, Maria addresses the concerning Brazilian educational directives that take 'gender' and 'sexual orientation' issues out of the school curriculum.

Maria is graduated in journalism, specialized in Educomunication and received a master degree from the European inter-university centre for human rights and democratisation/ University of Padova, Italy. Apart from her activism in Brazil, Maria has worked with international cooperation and human rights in East-Timor, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya and Botswana. 

Brazilian Campaign for the Right to Education

The National Campaign for the Right to Education (Campaign) appeared in 1999, driven by a number of civil society organizations would participate in the World Education Forum in Dakar (Senegal) in 2000. The goal was to add different political forces, prioritizing actions mobilization, political pressure and media in favor of the defense and promotion of educational rights.

Today is considered the most comprehensive and plural coordination in the field of education in Brazil, establishing itself as a network that links hundreds of groups and entities distributed across the country, including school communities, social movements, trade unions, national non-governmental organizations and international foundations, university, student, youth and community groups, as well as thousands of citizens who believe in building a country fair and sustainable through the provision of a quality public education.

The mission of the Campaign is to work for the realization and expansion of educational policies so that all persons have guaranteed their right to a public education, free, inclusive, secular, and quality in Brazil.