Call for Articles: „Actual Impunity – When Laws are Nothing but Paper Promises“

Observer: A Journal on Threatened Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines

With the topic „Actual Impunity – When Laws are Nothing but Paper Promises“ the next issue of the Observer will focus on the discrepancy between de facto and de jure legislation.

We welcome contributions with a human rights perspective concerning the discrepancy between inputs (laws, policies, and budgets), processes (implementation of laws and policies), formal output, and outcomes (de facto realities) such as the prevalence of land conflicts. Articles including a systematic analysis on the consequences on local, national or international level are most welcome.

In order to systematise the focal topic of the upcoming issue, we differentiate between case studies on local or national level, and international measures adopted to bridge the gapbetween legislation and its implementation. Possible ideas for submissions include:

I  Case Studies on Local or National Level

  • What are problems that Philippine farmers and rural population face? Who gets access to land through the government led Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP)? How is the land reform being implemented? How are the indigenous rights being applied? What are the major challenges?
  • What are the effects of the abortion ban and insufficient access to contraceptives on women’s reproductive rights?
  • Are anti-trafficking measures undermining concepts of equality under public law?
  • How does the state guarantee the right of housing? How are urban squatters to be understood in that context?
  • How does the state ensure the special protection of vulnerable groups – religion, gender, sexuality, nationality, race, class, etc.? Who has access to appropriate legal proceedings? Which groups face discrimination (via Red-Baiting, criminalisation, etc.)?

II International Measures

  • Is the HRC conducive to the protection of HRD?
  • What is the contribution of voluntary guidelines (e.g. issued via FAO)? How can they complement international covenants?
  • What are effects of bi- or multilateral cooperation’s and consultations? What kind of (positive) effects on human rights can these cooperations have?
  • What is the impact of the ASEAN human rights charter in the region and in the Philippines?
  • How do foreign laws (US/EU) protect Human Rights Defenders in third countries impact national legislation?
  • Are there successful cases of of human rights law being implemented?
  • What are opportunities and objectives of the promotion of Good Governance in regard of economic and technical cooperation?

We welcome articles with no more than 16,800 characters (including spaces) or 5.500 characters (including spaces) (Please consider our Author-Guidelines). If possible, please add at least two high solution pictures (tiff-format) illustrating your topic, one profile-picture and a short text about your person and submit it to: editor@ipon-philippines.org.

We appreciate your response until September 15th, articles can be submitted until October 15th 2012 (editorial deadline).

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