Immigration and Human Rights Law Review


Hazing has claimed the lives of hundreds of victims and is inflicted upon thousands more each year. Governments worldwide have worked to create laws prohibiting hazing and punishing those who inflict abuse upon others. But they have not worked hard enough.This article explores the human rights violations normalized through the continued, widespread practice of hazing. It first dives into the history of hazing practices within the United States, Portugal, and Thailand, focusing on hazing occurring within universities and affiliated organizations. Next, through an examination of national and international laws, this article criticizes the lack of each respective government’s action to combat hazing practices and protect their citizens’ fundamental human rights. Finally, it further theorizes why there continues to be a lack of movement within countries to fully attack hazing through legislation and procedure and comments on possible solutions to the global issue of hazing.