Centre for Applied Human Rights

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

‌‌‌United Nations in New York

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

‌‌‌Students walking on Helsington East Campus

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

Students and HRDs chatting outside the Hub

CAHR is a friendly community of scholars, practitioners and students

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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.

Events

Fri
24
Jan

Learning from HRDs: Protecting children’s rights in Pakistan

Pakistani journalist and human rights defender Urooj Fatima will kick off CAHR's Learning from HRDs spring lecture series with a talk addressing children's rights in Pakistan.

Fri
21
Feb

The fight of Nigerien civil society for fiscal justice in the face of governments and the French mining giant ORANO.

In 2005, Nigerien civil society started mobilising citizens to fight against the exorbitant costs of living that were a result of a government decision to tax basic necessities. After having arrested and held civil society movement leaders for over a week, the government agreed to release them and also to engage in negotiations to abandon the unpopular tax measures. It was during these negotiations that civil society activists realised that Niger draws less than 5% of its revenues from uranium - exploited by the French mining giant Areva (now called ORANO) - but it accounted for 70% of its exports. This led to the creation of a network called ROTAB (Reseau des organisations pour la transparence et l'analyse budgetaire) campaigning for a revision of the mining code in 2006. The new mining code allocates 15% of the mining revenues back to the affected communities and led to an increase in mining royalty from 5% to 9% to 12% depending on production volumes. It was however only in 2014 that the government obliged AREVA to comply with the new mining code after several demonstrations (including during a visit from the then French president Hollande) and the arrest of one of the key civil society leaders, Ali Idrissa. By the end of 2017, a new financial law emerged. Civil society had begun to advocate against the law with Nigerien authorities to renounce the law’s anti-social measures and to abandon the tax incentives granted to multinationals. Despite these attempts the law was adopted and as a response civil society activists organised days of citizen's action which resulted in the imprisonment of several civil society leaders for 4, 6 and 20 months respectively. Nigerien civil society continues its fight for a just and equitable Niger to this day. In this talk Ali Idrissa, currently visiting fellow at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, addresses the multiple challenges civil society activists face when challenging multinational corporations engaged in extractive industries such as uranium mining, and talks of what the future will hold for Niger and its civil society.


 

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)

Videos

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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