Attacks on human rights defenders (HRDs) and civic and political space happen throughout the world.

The Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR) is funded as a ‘global thought leader’ by the Open Society Foundations, and other funders, to research the risks facing HRDs and security management practices, their wellbeing, and strategies for pushing back.

The Human Rights Defender Hub brings together our work on temporary relocation, knowledge exchange and research in relation to HRDs. 

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cahr-admin@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 325830
Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, Yorkshire House, 6 Innovation Close, York Science Park, Heslington, York YO10 5ZF
@CAHRyork
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Our projects

Wellbeing and relocation

We explore the wellbeing of HRDs, a critical - but still often neglected - issue in the human rights movement.

Security and protection

Our researchers are investigating how HRDs are navigating risk, managing security and receiving support from civil society networks.

UN Special Rapporteur

We provided research support for the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the situation of human rights defenders.

Postgraduate study

We have several opportunities to further your study.

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Videos

Explore more research on our YouTube channel.

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Contact us

cahr-admin@york.ac.uk
+44 (0)1904 325830
Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, Yorkshire House, 6 Innovation Close, York Science Park, Heslington, York YO10 5ZF
@CAHRyork
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