No less than Germany’s liberal democracy and open society are at stake in the fight against the rise of the right-wing populist Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party. Chancellor Angela Merkel is right in staying with her centrist course but needs to improve policies and communication in order to win back protest voters.
The UN summit has created momentum for better refugee policies, aiming to agree on a Global Compact for Refugees by 2018. To avoid mission creep, leaders should make it their priority to create mechanisms that track follow up and devise incentives for communities to resettle more individuals in need.
Now 10-years old, the UN Human Rights Council continues to elect and be highly influenced by Russia, China, Saudi Arabia and other states with abysmal human rights records. What realistic steps can be taken to make intergovernmental human rights work more credible and effective? The key is to provide political incentives for states to adopt positions in support of human rights.
by Steffen Eckhard
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