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Rights at Risk: The Observatory on the Universality of Rights Trends Report 2017
The trend is unmistakable and deeply alarming:
In international human rights spaces, religious fundamentalists are now operating with increased impact, frequency, coordination, resources, and support.
Anti-rights actors are chipping away at the very content and structure of our human rights concepts, institutions, and protections, with disastrous consequences for human rights and gender justice. Their aim is to erode the very basis on which we can claim our rights.
This report is the first of a series on human rights trends produced by the Observatory on the Universality of Rights (OURs) initiative, a collaborative and multi-organizational project that aims to monitor, analyze, and share information on anti-rights initiatives.
The report analyzes key trends and developments mapped over 2015 to late 2016 in order to inform and support our collective advocacy.
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Key opposition actorsWe are witnessing an unprecedented level of engagement of anti-rights actors in international human rights spaces. To bolster their impact and amplify their voices, anti-rights actors increasingly engage in tactical alliance building across sectors, regional and national borders, and faiths.
Key opposition strategies and tacticsDespite their rigidity in matters of doctrine and worldview, anti-rights actors have demonstrated an openness to building new kinds of strategic alliances, to new organizing techniques, and to new forms of rhetoric. As a result, their power in international spaces has increased.
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