Ten years ago, the need was identified to increase the production of knowledge and exchange of experiences between human rights advocates and academics from the countries of the South. “We were a long way from the Rule of Law that existed in some countries in the North, where the majority of academic journals dedicated to the discussion of human rights were published,” recalls Pedro Paulo Poppovic, the first editor of Sur Journal.
A decade later, after 20 issues published in three languages and distributed to a hundred different countries, the Journal has now carried more than 200 articles by 240 authors, the majority from countries of the Global South.
Poppovic is honored with a profile that opens Sur 20. The publication is divided into six topic sections: Language, Themes, Perspectives, Voices, Tools and Multipolarity.
The founders of Conectas, Malak el-Chichini and Oscar Vilhena, pen an article in which they reflect on some of these topics, giving a historical perspective and reinforcing the idea that the issues surrounding the debate on the global human rights movement are the same, only the answers are now more varied.
“Perhaps the most striking change has been the increasing democratization and participation of civil society. This is true even of the emerging countries that now play a key role in the globalization process. The emergence of countries that define themselves as the ‘Global South’ has led to new demands and a new modus operandi in the language of human rights,” say the authors in their article.
“Issue 20 of SUR reflects the diversity of the voices of the global human rights movement and illustrates the complexity of the challenges that need to be faced, but it also presents the innovative strategies that are being implemented,” said Juana Kweitel, program director at Conectas. “We are proud of this issue that contributes to deepening the much-needed dialogue between both South-South and North-South. This issue of the Journal will serve as a tool for work and reflection for us all for a long time,” she added.
On the date the world celebrates Human Rights Day, in commemoration of the 66 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the latest issue of the Sur Journal is being released in Portuguese. See below the topic sections of issue 20, with their respective authors.
Introduction by Lucia Nader, Juana Kweitel & Marcos Fuchs
Profile of Pedro Paulo Poppovic
Oscar Vilhena Vieira, Malak El-Chichini Poppovic
Pedro Abramovay, Heloisa Griggs
James Ron, David Crow, Shannon Golden
Pétalla Brandão Timo, Gastón Chillier
Rochelle Jones, Sarah Rosenhek, Anna Turley
Sandra Carvalho , Eduardo Baker
Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah, Mandeep Tiwana