Association of Human Rights Institutes
December 2022

Welcome to AHRI's December newsletter. We hope even as holiday time approaches you find something of interest in our member institutes' calls and news. All of the human rights defenders, practitioners and educators have worked so hard this year and deserve some relaxation and time to reflect on all of their accomplishments. We are sending our warmest wishes to you at this time. 

- AHRI Secretariat 


AHRI Announces Collaboration with the Graphix Project

The mission of the Graphix Project (GP) is to collaborate to develop open sourced, multi-lingual human rights education materials available free to activists and partners world-wide in 2023. GP is developing an interactive online platform and a graphic history of human rights book.

Through a partnership agreement, AHRI has committed to assisting GP’s human rights research and advocacy by sharing opportunities to get involved with the project amongst the AHRI Network. 

The GP invites AHRI member institutes and affiliated researchers to:

  •    Act as project advisors, informing final project design and implementation
  • Contribute to data gathering over the next 6 months, as interviewers or interviewee

 Contribute to effective implementation by disseminating the Project findings/outputs 

  • Work with the GP team to explore scope for the project outputs (including interactive online platform) to be integrated in their educational curricula

Make sure to follow us on Twitter and visit the website to stay up to date with more information about the Graphix Project. Further information will also be shared with member institutes by the Secretariat. 

To learn more about the Graphix Project, click the link below. 

The Graphix Project
Featured Institute
Pedro Arrupe Institute of Human Rights, University of Deusto, Spain

The Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute is an academic institution created in 1997 and related to the University of Deusto.

Its main purpose is to work for a human rights culture from a university perspective and with a marked social and international orientation.

The Institute's team is currently made up of 20 people, who work in the areas of teaching, research, awareness-raising and social advocacy.

The Pedro Arrupe Institute has recently celebrated their 25th anniversary. This has marked 25 years of being leaders of Human Rights in the Basque country. They also have a number of ongoing events including the UNIC UNITE Event on December 8th. This event included 16 days of activism against Gender Violence. To find out more about the Human Rights Institute in in Bilbao, click the second link below. 


The Pedro Arrupe Institute will also be hosting the AHRI 2023 conference on September 7-9th. To keep updated on the conference, you can follow the first link below.

AHRI 2023 Conference
Pedro Arrupe Institute
AHRI Members' News

FRA ( European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights ) 

December 2022:

Selected recent publications:

  • 8 December: Bias in algorithm – Artificial intelligence and discrimination. The report looks at the use of artificial intelligence in predictive policing and offensive speech detection. It demonstrates how bias in algorithms appears and how it can affect people’s lives. This is the first time FRA provides hands-on evidence on how biases develop. The Agency calls on policymakers to ensure AI is tested for biases that could lead to discrimination.

Selected upcoming publications:

  • Early 2023: Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities: Human rights indicators

  • Early 2023: Your rights matter: People with disabilities

Selected recent events:

Selected video-clips:

Other information of interest

Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, University of Oslo, Norway 


Nordic Journal of Human Rights 40(2) is now published. 

Nordic Journal of Human Rights issue 40(2) is out and all articles in the celebratory special issue 40(1) are free to access until December 30, 2022.

Nordic Journal of Human Rights published a new general issue 40(2) containing 6 research articles and 3 book reviews. the articles cover a broad area of issues related to human rights including NHRIs and the Paris Principles, constitutional rights in East Asia, a right to adequate shelter for asylum seekers, justice during armed conflict, sexual violence, genocide, the right to abortion after a sexual assault. 

Additionally, we have arranged a free access until the end of the year for our celebratory issue 40(1) "the Future of Human Rights." This issue contains 13 research articles and 3 book reviews. You can access the issues in the link below.

Nordic Journal 40(2)

Centre for Human Rights and Peace ( CHRP), University of Nairobi, Kenya


Haki Journal of Human Rights

HAKI Journal of Human Rights is an annual peer-reviewed academic journal that seeks to provide researchers, scholars and human rights practitioners with a platform for engaging in human rights theory, practice and advocacy.

The journal’s general aim is to broaden the study and practice of human rights by fostering a critical re-examination of existing approaches from an Afrocentric perspective through discussions on themes on the universal theory and practice of human rights.The Journal invites analytically rigorous papers, articles, comments on cases, legislation, policies and book reviews pertaining to various themes in Human Rights in Kenya.

For more information click the link below. 

Haki Journal for Human Rights

Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

New Publication 

Driving Force: Automotive Supply Chains and Forced Labor in the Uyghur Region

In a six-month investigation undertaken by Laura T. Murphy, Kendyl Salcito, Yalkun Uluyol, Mia Rabkin, and a team of anonymous researchers, analysis of publicly available documents revealed massive and expanding links between western car brands and Uyghur abuses, in everything from the hood decals and car frames to engine casings, interiors and electronics. 

The research team led by Professor Laura Murphy found 96 companies relevant to the auto industry mining, processing, or manufacturing in the Uyghur Region, including 38 with documented engagement in labour transfer programs. Over 100 international car and car parts manufacturers are at risk of sourcing from those companies.

Every major car brand – including Volkswagen, BMW, Honda, Ford, GM, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Stellantis brands (like Fiat, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep), Tesla and NIO - is at high risk of sourcing from companies linked to abuses in the Uyghur region. Some are sourcing electronics from firms that are employing trafficked Uyghurs in factories in other parts of China. Some are unwittingly sourcing metals from the Uyghur region, because metal trading companies own equity in Xinjiang smelters. Some of the greatest exposure comes from the steel and aluminium used to make car frames, axels, bodies, engine casings, wheels and brakes. The world’s largest steel and aluminium producers have shifted into the Uyghur Region under Chinese government subsidies and incentives. But tires, interiors, windshields, batteries and practically every other major part are also implicated.

The auto industry cannot wait another day to trace their supply chains back to the raw materials. To do anything short of full tracing would be an enormous legal, ethical, and reputational risk.

Read the full report to understand how the Uyghur Region has been transformed into the world’s forced labour capital. The report contains extensive documentation of labour transfers, profiles of individual companies, and explanations of the development of relevant industries in the Uyghur Region.

The researchers have created a dynamic interactive online supply chain map as a companion to this report. You can use it to search for car brands, parts manufacturers, and raw materials processors and identify their connections to the Uyghur Region. It reveals clearly that this is not merely an automotive industry issue. Uyghur forced labour pervades our raw materials supply chains as well. Check out the interactive site using the first link to learn more. 

For the full report use the second link. 

Interactive Site
Full Report
AHRI Members' events and calls
  • Call: Application for Mobility Program in Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University,  Finland

Institute for Human Rights, Åbo Akademi University, Finland

Call for Applications

Deadline: 31, January, 2023

Mobility Program for Human Rights

The Institute for Human Rights at Åbo Akademi University (ÅAU), Finland, invites applications for short-term research mobility in 2023 (1 week – 3 months). The objectives of the mobility program are to promote research collaboration between researchers at ÅAU and partner universities, to develop new and deepen existing research and development initiatives, and to support the internationalization of research training in human rights.

The following thematic areas are prioritized:
• Localization in international human rights law
• The interaction between international human rights law and national criminal law with a particular focus on the rights of the ‘vulnerable’
• Human rights education
• Human rights, migration, mobility
• Socio-economic rights, in particular, social protection and social innovation

The call is targeted at scholars on different academic levels (Professors, Postdoctoral researchers, and doctoral candidates). Priority is given to scholars in law, or scholars from other disciplines with an interest in law as a social and/or cultural phenomenon.

Accepted mobility researchers are offered scholarships covering travel, accommodation and living costs.

For more information on the mobility program, scholarships and the application process, including the application form, see the webpage of the program using the link below. 

For inquiries about the call, please contact

Mobility Program, for Human Rights
Reminders: AHRI Members' Events and Calls
  • Event: Next Generation Networking Event, University of Graz, Austria
  • Call for Applications: Human Rights Program LLM, Central European University, University of Vienna, Austria
  • Call for Survey: New FRA survey to capture the experiences of people fleeing the war in Ukraine

European Training- and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, University of Graz, Austria




Next Generation Networking Event


3 February, 2023

Are you a human rights professional in the making? Do you want to engage and connect with established human rights experts and practitioners? Then join us for our Next Generation Networking Event and learn about the realization of human rights at the local level with particular focus on public administration.  

 The online networking event, taking place in the framework of the 2023 Academy and Conference: Human Rights Go Local - What works, seeks to establish a link between today's stakeholders and tomorrow's actors: Exchange practical knowledge of working in the broad field of human rights, discuss the realization of future perspectives and aspirations, and gain insights into professionalization opportunities in human rights at the local level - a sphere gaining ever-more importance in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals and the international human rights agenda!

For whom? The event is organised for members of the next generation. Students of all disciplines, young professionals and career beginners can exchange with established human rights experts. 

When?   Friday, 3 February 2023 between 13:30 and 15:30 CET (GMT+1), exact time and schedule to be specified

Where?  Online using BigBlueButton (Links will be provided one day before the event) 

If you want to learn about different human rights careers at the local level, particularly those in public administration, register using the link below.

Event Registration

Central European University, University of Vienna, Austria

Call for Applications

Human Rights Program LLM

Deadline: 1 February, 2023

Apply for the Human Rights Programs at Central European University, Vienna, Austria

The main goal of the LL.M. in Human Rights program (1-year, full time) is to provide theoretical and practical training for future scholars and professionals in human rights, with special emphasis on the legal aspects of human rights protection. Our highly qualified and diverse faculty prepares students to engage in comparative and inter-disciplinary analysis of complex human rights problems. The program offers practical instruction in the specific legal mechanisms and institutional processes which may be used by national human rights organizations to effectively approach human rights issues that transitional and also established democracies confront. 

The MA in Human Rights Program (1-year, full time) combines social science, policy-based approach with legal science and it aims to provide theoretical and practical training in human rights for students who do not have a legal background. The problem-focused curriculum and the strong interdisciplinary and comparative approach offer students ample opportunities to understand the theoretical and legal foundations of human rights and engage with the challenges of human rights protection in the age of skepticism and populism.

The LLM and the MA Programs in Human Rights are committed to research-based teaching.

For more information on the program and application use the link below. 


New FRA survey to capture the experiences of people fleeing the war in Ukraine

Call for Survey Response

Experiences and Views of Ukrainian Refugees

“As war in Ukraine continues, EU countries are welcoming and supporting unprecedented numbers of people seeking safety in the EU,” says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. “This poses a wide variety of fundamental rights challenges now and potentially later. With this survey, FRA seeks to assist the EU and affected countries to find sustainable solutions that will benefit host countries and the people who fled this tragic war.”

The online survey will capture the experiences and views of all adults and their children who left Ukraine to come to the EU to escape the war. The questions cover issues related to work, education, housing and healthcare. The survey also includes questions about language learning, integration, as well as experiences of discrimination and racism.

The survey runs in Bulgaria, Czechia, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Spain. It closes in September.

People fleeing from the war in Ukraine can fill in the survey in English, Ukrainian or Russian.

The survey is part of a range of FRA activities looking into the war’s fundamental rights implications in the EU.

Read the full call using the link below. 

Survey Call
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