Kathryn Sikkink on Human Rights, Electoral Reforms, and Uruguay’s Successful Response to COVID-19

July 20, 2020

Senior Research Associate for GrowthPolicy Devjani Roy sat down with Kathryn Sikkink to discuss the global pandemic, voter rights, and the Trump administration. 

In July 2020, GrowthPolicy was joined by Kathryn Sikkink to discuss human rights in the age of the global pandemic and the Trump administration. "Whether or not human rights gains will be reversed in the U.S. and elsewhere in the world will depend in whether people continue to struggle for human rights, including, but not at all limited to exercising their right and their responsibility to vote," Explains Kathryn Sikkink, "The Black Lives Matter movement in the U.S. is one of the most powerful human rights movements we have seen in many years. It is understandably fueled by anger. But anger alone is not sufficient to maintain motivation over time; you also need to have hope and to believe that you can make a difference. Human rights research and social movement research can be a useful tool to focus on what has worked in the past in order to give people the energy to keep working in the present." 

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