Wednesday 24 January 2018, 6.00PM to 8.00 pm
Speaker(s): Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, and Jestina Mukoko, Director of Zimbabwe Peace Project
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of York will host this public event to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR). Speakers include Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, and Jestina Mukoko, a Zimbabwean human rights defender and former Fellow at CAHR.
Mr Michel Forst was appointed by the President of the Human Rights Council as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders in June 2014. Mr Forst has extensive experience on human rights issues, including human rights defenders, the rights of children with disabilities, extreme poverty and the elderly. He has held a number of leading positions within the field of human rights and from 2008 to 2013 was the UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Haiti. Mr Forst is a former member of the Board of the International Service for Human Rights (Geneva) and a founding member of Front Line Defenders (Dublin).
Ms Jestina Mukoko is a Zimbabwean human rights activist and the director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project. She is a journalist by training and a former newsreader with the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Co-operation. In March 2010 Jestina Mukoko was one of ten human rights defenders honoured in the U.S. State Department's International Women of Courage Awards for exceptional courage and leadership in advancing women's rights. Ms Mukoko is also a former Fellow of the Centre for Applied Human Rights' Protective Fellowship Scheme, and she will be talking about the memoir she wrote while at CAHR, entitled The Abduction and Trial of Jestina Mukoko: The Fight for Human Rights in Zimbabwe.
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Location: The Bowland Auditorium, Berrick Saul Building, University of York, York YO10 5DD
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