Human rights is a marathon (part II)

 

Interview with Nils Muižnieks

for

International Human Rights Day 2020

Part II

By Silan Celebi and Felisa Tibbitts

The first part of the Human Rights Here interview with Nils Muižnieks, the Regional Director for Europe of Amnesty International, was published on International Human Rights Day, December 10th, 2020. In this second part of the interview, he presents his opinions on current human rights issues in Europe.
 


Source: The London Free Press

 

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Human rights is a marathon

Interview with Nils Muižnieks

for

International Human Rights Day 2020

Part I

By Silan Celebi and Felisa Tibbitts

 

The current Regional Director for Europe of Amnesty International, Nils Muižnieks, joins Human Rights Here in an insightful interview for Human Rights Day. He has a message for human rights academics and workers everywhere: “keep learning, get out of your comfort zone, take care of your health – human rights is a marathon, not a sprint.”

Nils Muižnieks is a Latvian-American political scientist and human rights expert. He lives an inspired life with numerous milestones to share, from being elected as the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe, to becoming the Regional Director of Amnesty International. Muižnieks has over twenty-five years of experience in various intergovernmental organizations, government and academia. For Nils, working for human rights is the most meaningful thing you can do in your professional life, “I always like myself best when I am doing human rights work, it is the best me.”  

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The Feminization of Human Rights?

Felisa Tibbitts

Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University, The Netherlands

f.l.tibbitts@uu.nl

Some years ago, when teaching a human rights course at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, I noticed that the composition of my students was overwhelmingly female. I made a mental note of this and began asking colleagues who were teaching human rights in other higher education institutions about the gender balance in their classrooms. It was the same story: mostly women.

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