Human Rights Series

Human Rights Series

  • Transnational corporations’ impunity

    Melik Özden

    2016 – 112 pages

    Multinationals with great economic and political power violate human rights, very often, with almost total impunity. These entities escape legal action. This publication  demonstrates the necessity and urgency of having a binding international instrument to sanction those multinationals responsible. CETIM’s publication also highlights how important it is to enable the victims to obtain compensation.

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  • The right to land

    2014 – 102 pages

    The recognition of the right to land, a historic demand by peasant movements throughout the world, is gaining momentum at the international level. This publication takes stock of this major issue of our times. It is the result of major research and inquiry, and the fruit of close collaboration with La Vía Campesina…

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  • Cultural rights

    Melik Özden and Simon Brunschwig

    2013 – 56 pages

    Through cultural rights, it is not only the issue of cultural diversity and participation to cultural life that is addressed, but also access to scientific progress and education, the protection of intellectual property and academic liberty.

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  • The right to social security

    Melik Özden

    2012 – 64 pages

    Social security is a system of social services intended to counter risks and uncertainties that arise within society. A product of the industrial era and linked to employment, it was initially intended to respond to certain pressing needs, and to institutionalize solidarity within society lest individuals be obliged to depend on charity.

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  • The right to non-discrimination

    Melik Özden

    2011 – 64 pages

    The right to non-discrimination emanates from the general postulate of the equal dignity of human beings, which has been affirmed by the Charter of the United Nations and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as by all international human rights instruments.

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  • The right of peoples to self-determination and to permanent sovereignty over their natural resources seen from a Human Rights perspective

    Melik Özden et Christophe Golay

    2010 – 64 pages

    This right is a pillar of contemporary international law. Since the entry into force of the UN in 1945, it has constituted the legal and political basis of the process of decolonization, which witnessed the birth of over 60 new states in the second half of the twentieth century.

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  • The right to education

    Melik Özden

    2009 – 64 pages

    Education is very often seen as a means of attaining other objectives (such as a better job or increased earnings) and that education as a human right in and of itself is often lost sight of .

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  • The right to work

    Melik Özden

    2008 – 64 pages

    Work is essential for everybody in the organization of contemporary society. It not only contributes to the formation of the individual, but it is also ne­cessary if one is to be able to support oneself and one’s family, make and keep social contacts and fulfill one’s duties .

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  • Debt and human rights

    Melik Özden

    2007 – 48 pages

    When one speaks of foreign (or external) debt, one is referring to the indebtedness of those countries called “Third World” countries (or the South), particularly since the nineteen sixties. While the amount of the debt was US$ 70 billion in 1970, in 35 years .

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  • War on terrorism and respect for Human Rights

    Melik Özden

    2007 – 56 pages

    Since the beginning of this new millennium, terms such as terrorist, terrorism, fight against terrorism, etc. are part of everyone’s daily life even if nobody knows exactly what is hidden behind such terms, or whether they are used adequately or not …

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