Past Colonialism: Koreans in Japan

After listening to participant presentations in the Global Minority Rights Summer School, we take a closer look at the Korean minority in Japan, as presented by Wooki Kim. “Go back to Korea, roaches!” The hateful remarks of anti-Korean protestors infiltrate the walls of a Korean school in Japan. Outside, the protestors gather in an attempt…

Dignity for Dalit Women

Dignity. It is at the very center of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, ingrained into its Preamble. Human rights laws operate on the basis that every human — no matter his or her race, religion, gender, political or economic standing, and sexual orientation — has a basic entitlement to be treated with dignity. Yet,…

Brexit: A Hungarian Perspective

After the Tom Lantos Institute’s Workshop on the Securitization of Minorities, we respond to the keynote speech given by Jennifer Jackson-Preece of the London School of Economics on the role of fearful politics in minority rights, particularly after the Brexit vote. The views presented in this article are not necessarily representative of those held by…

Roma: Breaking Down Borders

The Tom Lantos Institute is very fortunate to have been able to attend the “Started Together, Carry On Together” conference in Budapest, which aims to evaluate the European Roma Framework Strategy and the Hungarian National Social Inclusion Strategy. This blog is a response to the lecture and research done by Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, UN Independent Expert on…

More than Locker Talk: Hate Speech in Schools

As educational institutes continue to grow as centers for hate speech and discrimination, lecturer Barry van Driel, a curriculum developer and teacher trainer at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, focuses on how teachers can counteract discrimination and prejudice in the classroom by teaching tolerance. This is a response to such measures, from a student’s perspective. …

Modern Genocide: What has changed?

Looking back in genocidal history, physical violence and discrimination has been the leading method in the destruction of minority groups. Yet, as the world becomes more globalized, new methods of genocide have been introduced as forces of mass annihilation, but have the United Nations and other human rights protectors been able to adapt?

Welcome!

Hello to all, and welcome to the official blog of the Tom Lantos Institute! First and foremost, the purpose of this blog is to push forth our mission statement: to learn, educate and act for advancing human and minority rights. This blog will serve as a platform for our recent research and discussions on pertinent…