AN Column Update

This fall, as news organizations covered simultaneous crises arose across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, a global interest in human rights was palpable.  As the world’s attention seems to ebb and flow on human rights issues, anthropologists rarely have that luxury.  For this and other reasons, the CfHR has been working to update the […]

Human Rights and the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In September 2015 the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were launched at the summit Transforming Our World: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (for more information on the process, see After 2 years of negotiations between 170 nations, and input from NGOs, civil society organizations, and the private sector, the post-2015 development agenda was […]

Maybe ‘Doing No Harm’ is Not the Best Way to Help Those Who Helped You

Ethics is often about framing.  Was someone shot for a justifiable reason or were they murdered?   Is America a country striving for equality or for encouraging inequality?  Should anthropological ethics focus on “doing no harm” or should they focus on both parties – fieldworkers and their informants – positively benefiting from their relationship? Neither the original […]

LGBT in Central Asia

2014’s Most Pivotal Moments Last year proved to be a turbulent year for LGBT politics in Central Asia. The passage of Russia’s “gay propaganda law” ignited discussion of the presence of LGBT people throughout the former Soviet Union. While Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan had repealed Soviet era legislation criminalizing male-male sex acts in 1997 and 1998 […]