Upcoming events

Fri
18
Oct

Learning from HRDs: Human rights defense in Rio de Janiero - An act of resistance to barbarism

CAHR visiting human rights defender Laíze Benevides discusses the dangers of defending human rights in Brazil, with a specific focus on the case of murdered councilwoman Marielle Franco.

Mon
28
Oct

Public Art - a conversation

with artists from Bangladesh and Uganda

Fri
1
Nov

Learning from HRDs: Child rape in Nigeria - The weathered hands of the law and endangered human rights defenders

CAHR visiting fellow, human rights defender Betty Abah, discusses protecting the rights of girls and women in Nigeria.

Mon
4
Nov

Taking the Long View: Civil Society Resistance and Resilience

We will be holding a workshop in York on 4-5 November 2019 on civil society strategies to push back against shrinking space. The workshop will ‘take the long view’ by focusing on 1) empirical, evidence-based studies of civil society resistance and resilience, and 2) historical precedents, lessons and insights of relevance to current situations. Panels will include human rights defenders from Africa,Turkey, Hong Kong and Brazil.

Fri
8
Nov

Human Rights in Russia today

Former Amnesty International Director in Russia, Sergei Nikitin, discusses the difficulties experienced by human rights defenders in Russia, including police harassment and the attempted closure of the Amnesty office.

Fri
15
Nov

Learning from HRDs: The queer rights movement in Nepal and the Youth Deviation

Queer rights and youth activist Rukshana Kapali challenges notions of Nepal being progressive when it comes to LGBTIQ rights, and discusses how a new generation of activists has stepped up to promote LGBTIQ rights in the country.

Fri
29
Nov

Learning from HRDs: Detention and enforced disappearances in Syria

Syrian human rights activist, refugee and current University of York psychology student Joumana Alshtiwi discusses detention and enforced disappearances in Syria, coming from her personal experience.


Recent events

Religious Accommodation on Both Sides of the Pond: Different Paths to a Common Norm?

Tuesday 23 April 2019

Jim Oleske, professor of U.S. constitutional law at Lewis & Clark Law School, discusses high-profile controversies pitting religious freedom claims against equality laws in courts in both the UK and the US.

Learning from HRDs: From Crisis to Response, from Trauma to Recovery

Tuesday 26 March 2019

What strategies do we employ and what resources do we wish were there when human rights defenders inevitably are faced with crises designed to overwhelm and demoralize them?

Book Launch: #YearningForJustice

Monday 11 March 2019

CAHR's visiting human rights defender Han Hui Hui launches the book she has worked on during her Protective Fellowship, #YearningForJustice, discussing the current human rights situation in Singapore.

On the Front Line: Creative Activism

Saturday 9 March 2019

An afternoon of music and visual arts exploring creative activism.

International Women's Day Panel with Thabitha Khumalo

Friday 8 March 2019

On International Women's Day CAHR together with Unite the union is honoured to host a panel discussion on women and human rights with Thabitha Khumalo Hon MP (Zimbabwe).

Learning from HRDs: Executions in Belarus - Conveyor of death in the heart of Europe

Tuesday 5 March 2019

Death penalty abolition campaigner Andrei Paluda discusses what human rights defenders do to end capital punishment.

Engaging with Armed Groups to Enhance Their Respect of Humanitarian Norms: Mission Impossible?

Thursday 28 February 2019

Ezequiel Heffes, Thematic Legal Adviser for Geneva Call, will speak about his experiences of engaging a variety of non-state armed groups in humanitarian dialogue.

Learning from HRDs: The pitfalls of Uganda’s 32 year political dynasty on civic space

Tuesday 19 February 2019

Youth activist Johncation Muhindo speaks of the increasingly restricted space human rights defenders have to do their work in Uganda.

Learning from HRDs: Resisting the Kingdom of Fear

Tuesday 12 February 2019

Exiled Saudi Arabian human rights defender Ameen Nemer discusses contemporary human rights issues in his home country, including women's rights and recent policy reforms.

Learning from HRDs: Protecting Human Rights in Kazakhstan

Tuesday 5 February 2019

Experienced human rights defender from Kazakhstan, with particular experience in work on freedom from torture, discusses the protection of human rights in her country.

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