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Pedro Pizano
Pedro Pizano is a Colombian-born human rights activist. He just started his own, and perhaps the world’s first, human rights consulting firm: Pizano Strategies. He co-founded The World Votes and is a One Young World Ambassador. He previously held the post of Strategy Associate and Global Media Liaison at the Human Rights Foundation and Oslo Freedom Forum where he led, for example, campaigns to expose celebrities who flack for dictators, like Hilary Swank in Chechnya or Julio Iglesias in Equatorial Guinea. He studied International Human Rights Law at Oxford and holds a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University. He was recently recognized by the Diplomatic Courier as one of the top 99 professionals under 33 in Foreign Policy.

Entries by Pedro Pizano

No Rights for People Outside the United States

(1) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 4:23 PM


This week the United States is up for its Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Committee. One of the most contentious issues that will be raised is whether the US will accept that core human rights provisions apply outside...

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What Has Gone Wrong With International Human Rights and How To Fix It

(0) Comments | Posted January 30, 2014 | 9:33 AM

COPENHAGEN (January 30, 2014) -- Today, leading academics, government officials and practitioners will convene in the Danish Parliament under the auspices of the Freedom Rights Project to discuss the problems afflicting international human rights and provide solutions.

The Freedom Rights Project aims to raise the quality of human...

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Crooners and Their Dictators

(1) Comments | Posted October 19, 2012 | 10:37 AM

Dictators have a long and storied love affair with the arts. The Medici family, who ruthlessly ruled Florence for generations, served as patrons to Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. Hitler was fond of Karajan and Furtwangler, and Stalin had a bitter love affair with Shostakovich and Rimsky-Korsakov. Today's dictators are...

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Where Driving Is a Crime and Speaking About It Leads to Death Threats

(8) Comments | Posted June 6, 2012 | 6:58 PM

Looking over the long list of women's rights abuses still prevalent in the world today, the prohibition against women driving seems unimportant. The world's media channels would much rather give airtime to activists fighting for the eradication of female genital mutilation, or provide a platform for a heated debate dissecting...

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