Centre for Applied Human Rights

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UN Special Rapporteur on HRDs' new World Report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders (December 2018) was supported by CAHR

HRDs and students at the Hub

Human rights defenders on the Protective Fellowship Scheme engage with students in class

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Masters students work with local NGOs during fieldwork placements in York, Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, and Cape Town South Africa

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Small class sizes enhance the learning environment

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CAHR is a friendly community of scholars, practitioners and students

Welcome to the Centre for Applied Human Rights, a unique teaching and research environment focused around the role of human rights defenders in the modern human rights system.

Practice-based teaching

  • Postgraduate courses built around human rights practice
  • Fieldwork in South Africa, Malaysia and the UK in our Masters courses
  • MA, LLM and Postgraduate Certificate Programmes
  • MPhil/PhD research degrees

Human rights defenders

Teaching draws on the international knowledge and experience of human rights defenders hosted at York.

Our Protective Fellowship Scheme makes a unique contribution in enhancing the sustainability of social activism.


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International retreat held to develop ways to support human rights defenders with wellbeing

Posted on Wednesday 14 August 2019

Over forty mental health professionals, coordinators of temporary international relocation initiatives, researchers and other human rights advocates from around the world gathered in Barcelona in June to share approaches to supporting human rights defenders with their wellbeing.

Tallulah Lines presents at RightsCon in Tunis, 2019
CAHR staff presents at RightsCon

Posted on Friday 14 June 2019

CAHR Research Assistant Tallulah Lines joined a panel discussion on resilience and wellbeing of human rights defenders at RightsCon in Tunis.

CAHR newsletter

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Read more about what goes on at CAHR with the latest edition of our newsletter, CAHRnews:

CAHRnews Spring 2019 (No 9) (PDF , 2,430kb)

Catch up with previous newsletters in the Newsletter Archive.



York: Human Rights City

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York was declared the UK's first Human Rights City in April 2017. The network behind 'York: Human Rights City' works for social justice at a local level in York. Read more on recent work in the York Human Rights 3rd Indicator Report (2018) (PDF , 1,197kb)


MA in Applied Human Rights and LLM in International Human Rights Law & Practice students talk about their experiences of studying at CAHR.

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