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Centre for Applied Human Rights

An activist centre situated in a university for public good.

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) places people, notably human rights defenders, at the core of our work.
Our research, knowledge exchange, teaching, protective and advocacy activities are anchored in real-world human rights and humanitarian challenges and opportunities.
As such, we think politically and use socio-legal, interdisciplinary, and participatory methodologies to protect human rights and activism. 

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CAHR presents an opportunity to join a friendly community of ambitious and critical thinkers striving to bring about change.

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Protective Fellowships for Human Rights Defenders

100 defenders, 50 countries, 15 years - We are the first centre to involve frontline human rights defenders in every aspect of our work, through protective fellowships, teaching and research, under the umbrella of the Human Rights Defenders Hub.

Visiting human rights defenders form the core of our work in terms of providing training for defenders, conducting research and incorporating the visiting defenders as an integral part of the MA and LLM programmes.

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Every year we host a wide range of speaker events, symposiums and discussions. Why not join us at our next one?

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