Human rights in times of crises: Resistance and concrete utopias

26 May 2021, 6:00 pm


#1 Opening event: The concrete utopia of human rights

Human rights are a concrete utopia worth defending. But in times of profound global transitions, how to defend them must be reinvented. Human rights actors need to refer to prevailing inequalities and must include decolonial, feminist and environmental perspectives. 

Our seven-part event series, funded by the Federal Agency for Civic Education, creates a much-needed public platform to rethink and discuss with partners from around the world how to reshape our alliances in light of the current global struggles. Each event will be streamed live on our webpage, with an active chat function to contribute and ask questions.

On 26 May 2021 at 6:00 pm CET, Alejandra Ancheita (lawyer, founder of ProDESC, Mexico), Joshua Castellino (executive director, Minority Rights Group International), and Wolfgang Kaleck (ECCHR secretary general) will kick off the event series.

On the basis of Kaleck’s latest book The concrete utopia of human rights: A look back into the future (S. Fischer), the speakers will discuss how, faced with a climate crisis, a pandemic, deeply unequal economic models, and authoritarianism, human rights activists can no longer go on with business-as-usual. The unprecedented global transitions we are experiencing are the chance to rethink new strategies and ways forward, reclaim human rights and their potential for change.

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