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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

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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

Students and HRDs chatting outside the Hub

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


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

CAHRnews Spring 2020 (No 11) (PDF , 441kb)

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Zimbabwe: Wallowing in a crisis. What needs to be done?

A talk by Jestina Mukoko, renowned human rights defender and ardent peace practitioner and campaigner.


York Disability Week 2020 - Promoting an equal, inclusive and accessible York.

A week-long programme of exciting events in York from 28th November to 5th December around the United Nations International Day of People with Disabilities on 3rd December. There’s something of interest for both adults and families – disabled and non-disabled – and almost all are FREE. So plenty of chances to learn, debate and have fun!


South African performing artist Wezile Mgibe discusses the work, 'The Politics of Displacement', that CAHR HRD Hub's Arctivism project is funding.


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