By Bonny Ibhawoh

What is the future of human rights? My hope is that as the world becomes more sensitive to human rights violations, we will see less and less of the most extreme and egregious abuses and violations of the past centuries – mass atrocities such as genocide, massacres and ethnic cleansing.

But that will not mean that the struggles for human rights will be easier or less urgent. Human rights are not just about violations but also about the legacies of violations. Human rights are intrinsically tied to questions of social justice and binding inclusive communities. So, the future of human rights that I see is one in which history and our understanding of the past will pay a much bigger role. Where we will have to pay as much attention to the legacies of past violations as we do to active violations.