Publications by Katrin Kinzelbach

Years
  • Commentary 10 Dec 2018

    Will China Dare Challenge the Universal Declaration of Human Rights?

    It is only a matter of time before the Chinese state tries to replace human rights with an alternative normative idea. This should worry all those who value individual freedoms.…
  • Book chapter 29 Nov 2018

    An International Alliance of Democracies

    The authoritarian and illiberal advance is ­unlikely to be linear. More importantly: it can be averted. To do so, Germany and other democracies must develop new approaches to promoting human rights.…
  • Commentary 04 Oct 2018

    The Nobel Peace Prize Should Honor Hopeful Tactics, Not Heroic Persistence

    The heroification of charismatic protest leaders often entails a misreading of local political dynamics. Unless such individuals open up new and safe opportunities for political action, their power to mobilize is usually short-lived.…
  • Journal article 04 Oct 2018

    Zur Heroisierung und Handlungs(ohn)macht inhaftierter Protestanführer

    Welche Bedeutung haben Charismaträger für demokratische Protestbewegungen? Und welche Rolle spielt internationale Aufmerksamkeit für den politischen Einfluss inhaftierter Protestanführer?…
  • Commentary 23 Aug 2018

    Better Data Can Counteract Soft Repression

    Changing the way we document human rights abuses, including by paying more attention to soft repression, could give us a better picture of reality.…
  • Evaluation report 09 Jul 2018

    Corporate Strategic Evaluation on (Forced) Migration

    By Katrin Kinzelbach, Julian Lehmann, Alexander Carius, Lukas Rüttinger, Victoria Rietig
    The arrival of large numbers of refugees and other migrants into Germany and other European Union states has left a mark on German development cooperation. The Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Germany’s lead development implementer, has been commissioned to deliver new programs…
  • Study 20 Apr 2018

    Forbidden Knowledge: Measuring Academic Freedom

    An index on academic freedom can change the way scholars interact across borders, strengthen a global community that is committed to academic freedom, push back authoritarian influence in the university sector, and protect universities from being coopted for the purpose of political repression. It…
  • Article 13 Apr 2018

    New Ways to Address an Old Problem: Political Repression

    The term “closing space” has become a widely embraced trope to describe contemporary challenges in the struggle for human rights. It suggests that the human rights movement confronts a global and varied, but overall very serious pushback as governments limit opportunities for civic engagement and…
  • Commentary 19 Feb 2018

    Deniz Yücel ist nicht frei

    Deniz Yücel ist frei, heißt es. Aber das stimmt nicht. Er wurde lediglich aus der Untersuchungshaft entlassen und dann schnellstmöglich nach Berlin ausgeflogen. In einem gecharterten Flugzeug wurde er in Sicherheit gebracht. Das ist nicht der Weg eines freien Menschen. Der Journalist mit der…
  • Commentary 31 Aug 2017

    How Interpol Can Be Protected From Despots

    On August 19, in Granada, the Spanish police detained the author Dogan Akhanli, a German citizen of Turkish origin, because the international police organization Interpol had issued a red notice for a worldwide search. The German government reacted swiftly and clarified to the Spanish government…
  • Commentary 25 Aug 2017

    Wie Interpol vor Despoten geschützt werden kann

    Autoritäre Regierungen nutzen die Roteckfahndung von Interpol für grenzenlose politische Verfolgung. Das Problem ist bekannt – die kurzfristige Festnahme des deutschen, türkischstämmigen Schriftstellers Dogan Akhanli im spanischen Granada ist leider nicht der erste Fall, nur das jüngste Beispiel für…
  • Journal article 20 Apr 2017

    An Analysis of China’s Statements on Human Rights at the UN

    In UN debates, China primarily contests implications of human rights rather than the norms themselves. This challenge is nonetheless serious as it facilitates a gradual erosion of established norms and instruments.…
  • Commentary 24 Jan 2017

    Without Democracy, No Human Rights and No Peace

    This spring, the German Federal Cabinet will approve new guidelines for managing crises and conflicts. As with any other German foreign policy document, the guidelines will acknowledge the universality of human rights, as well as the importance of human rights to sustainable peace. These are well-…
  • Commentary 12 Jan 2017

    Ohne Demokratie keine Menschenrechte und kein Frieden

    Wie jedes außenpolitische Grundsatzdokument der Bundesrepublik Deutschland werden die neuen Leitlinien für Krisenengagement und Friedensförderung die Universalität der Menschenrechte anerkennen und ihre Förderung versprechen. Das ist gut. Sie werden auch betonen, dass Menschenrechte und nachhaltiger…
  • Article 21 Nov 2016

    German Human Rights Policy in a Multipolar World

    Introduction Rising powers need not fear criticism of human rights abuses from Berlin, for trade trumps human rights in German foreign policy. This conventional wisdom is frequently invoked by human rights activists and journalists alike, but it is neither very informative nor entirely correct.…
  • Commentary 05 Apr 2016

    China’s White Paper on Human Rights

    Executive Summary As a consequence of the Chinese government’s violent repression of the Tiananmen Square protests on June 4, 1989, human rights have become a central topic in the foreign relations of the People’s Republic of China. The Chinese party-state was internationally criticized for the…
  • Study 14 Dec 2015

    Can Shaming Promote Human Rights?

    Publicity in Human Rights Foreign Policy Executive Summary NGOs and states alike can publicly criticize repressive governments. Such “shaming” serves to attract attention to actions perceived as wrongful. Shaming seeks to increase the costs for offenders and thus acts as a deterrence mechanism. In…
  • Book review 01 Oct 2015

    Book Review: China’s Human Rights Lawyers

    Advocacy and Resistance, by Eva Pils At a time when China’s human rights lawyers are facing systematic repression, Eva Pils’s illuminating book provides a timely and engaging account of their work, fears and aspirations. The study, based on extensive face-to-face conversations with weiquan lawyers…
  • Study 21 Sep 2015

    Set Political Prisoners Free

    Political imprisonment remains an entrenched practice in a diverse range of authoritarian countries. Political prisoners are detained for calling attention to political shortcomings, asking for reform or participation rights and demanding individual freedoms – in other words, exercising fundamental…
  • Book 03 Aug 2015

    The EU’s Human Rights Dialogue with China

    The European Union uses a confidential, institutionalized Dialogue to raise human rights concerns with China, but little is publicly known about its set-up, its substance, its development over time and its impact. This book provides the first detailed reconstruction and assessment of the EU’s…
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