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Home>Interdisciplinary Global Development Centre>Events>IGDC Research Seminar Series January 2018
  • Date and time: Tuesday 15 January 2019, 12pm to 1.30pm
  • Location: YH/110 Meeting Boardroom, (Map)
  • Audience: Open to . University of York Staff and Students
  • Admission: Free admission, booking not required

Event details

Co-hosted with the Africa Network York and the Centre for Applied Human Rights (CAHR)

Chaired by: Dr Alan Msosa, IGDC Dr Msosa will frame this session with a brief discussion of the difficulties of translating the discourse of human rights across contexts

Refreshments will be provided

Activism and Self-care in Kenya’s Hybrid Regime

Wanjeri Nderu

Kenya’s body politic is a fiercely contested space, with very active media and civil society sectors, but a state that often undermines the political rights and civil liberties of citizens and activists. Extra-judicial killings occur with concerning regularity, including the torture and murder of Chris Msando, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) member in charge of the vote-counting system just days before the 2017 election. In this context, as activists push the boundaries of what the state will accept and use legal challenges and public protest to advocate for more accountable and responsive governance, the burden placed upon human rights defenders and their families can be substantial. Wanjeri Nderu will focus on the opportunities and challenges of human rights advocacy in Kenya, and the personal consequences of such work.

Activism and Rights in South Western Uganda

Johncation Muhindo

Uganda has endured a turbulent political trajectory, and has never seen a peaceful political transition since independence in 1962. The present hybrid regime of Yoweri Museveni captured power through a military insurgency in 1986 and has maintained it through corruption, flawed elections, militarism and support from the west – initially as an ardent ‘reformer’ and later in the context of the ‘war on terror.’ Johncation Muhindo, an activist from Uganda, will discuss the closing civic space, patronage, corruption and maintaining relations with the west as tools for regime survival as well as the ever-increasing cost of civic and political dissent in Uganda.

Fighting for Justice and the Rule of Law under Zimbabwe’s 2013 Constitution

Prosper Tiringindi

The 2013 constitution and the declaration of rights contained therein is considered to be an improvement insofar as it guarantees equal treatment of citizens under the law. Further, Zimbabwe agreed to take all appropriate legal and administrative measures to bring justice to the people and to enhance the competence of the courts. But despite these positive moves, various laws continue to be applied by the state to clamp down on civil liberties, and these laws are selectively applied to Human Rights Defenders and those perceived to be supporters of opposition parties. This presentation will discuss the difficulties but also successes of human rights advocacy in Zimbabwe.

Dr Msosa will frame this session with a brief discussion of the difficulties of translating the discourse of human rights across contexts.