Nov 8, 2011

CfP: Citizen Security and Human Rights, SUR International Human Rights

Issue No. 16 – Call for Papers

Deadline: November 30, 2011

Conectas Human Rights (Brazil) and the Regional Coalition on Citizen Security and Human Rights[1] invites all interested authors to submit articles for the Special Issue of Sur Journal (No. 16, first half of 2012) that will address the following topic: Citizen security and human rights.

Sur - International Journal on Human Rights is published twice a year and distributed free of charge to approximately 2,400 readers in over 100 countries. It is edited in three languages: English, Portuguese and Spanish; and can be fully accessed online at the website

The goal of the journal is to provide a Global South perspective on human rights and to promote dialogue among human rights professors and activists in the Global South region, although without disregarding contributions from other parts of the world.

SUR is indexed in the following databases: IBSS (International Bibliography of the Social Sciences); DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals); Scielo and SSRN (Social Science Research Network). The journal is also available in the following commercial databases: EBSCO and HEINonline.

Issue number 16 of Sur proposes to open up the debate on the potentials and difficulties of establishing citizen security paradigms and public policies from a human rights perspective. We invite authors to submit articles that can contribute to this debate, whether by presenting a critical view of citizen security and human rights, proposals to reform security policies based on successful case studies or critical analyses of the setbacks and unsuccessful experiences on the national and/or regional level.

Although this list is not all-inclusive, we shall consider of special interest articles that address:

1. The militarization of security: involvement of the armed forces in citizen security activities and tensions related to the boundary between defense and internal security. Analyses, responses and recommendations from a perspective of human rights and the role of human rights organizations;
2. The impact of citizen participation in security policies and community policing from a human rights perspective;
3. Organized crime and police involvement. Corruption and institutional violence;
4. Failures of zero tolerance policies and demagogic punitive discourse;
5. Government handling of social conflicts. Use of security forces against social protests;
6. The role of non-state actors, state subordination to organized crime and its impact on human rights
7. Private security from a human rights perspective;
8. The use of lethal and quasi-lethal force by security agents;
9. Mechanisms for the control and accountability of security forces;
10. International and regional standards on citizen security and human rights, in particular the recent developments in the Organization of American States;
11. Prison and security policies in contexts of socio-economic inequality;
12. Equality and security: the relation between security policies and racial profiling;
13. Civil control of public security vs. police autonomy or delegation of the control of security policies to the security forces.

Note that this list is not all-inclusive, but merely presents the preferential topics. Issue number 16 of Sur Journal will also include articles on other human rights related topics besides the series on citizen security and human rights. Therefore, articles addressing other topics will also be considered.


The articles submitted to Sur Journal are evaluated by external reviewers in a blind-review process (without knowing the name of the author). The final selection of the articles takes this external review into consideration and is based on a comparison of the articles submitted for each issue. Therefore, the Editorial Board does not give the reasons for rejecting articles.

Since distribution of the journal is free of charge, we unfortunately cannot remunerate the authors. Regarding copyright, Sur Journal uses the Creative Commons 2.5 license to publish articles (, thereby preserving the rights of the author.


Contributions should be sent electronically (in Microsoft Word format) to the email address
artigo.sur@conectas .org and follow the guidelines listed below:

- Maximum length of 70,000 characters (including footnotes);
- Footnotes must be concise (the rules for citation may be found at;
- Include short biography of the author (maximum 50 words);
- Include an abstract for the article (maximum 150 words) and keywords for bibliographic classification;
- Include the date the article was written.

Only submissions received by November 30 will be considered for Issue No. 16. Articles received after this date will be considered for the subsequent issue.

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