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Let’s continue the countdown! Only 3 weeks left until #AHRI2022. Which panels are you going to be attending? https://t.co/SxlSa6k7LG AHRI_Network photo
Good news! You now have until August 15th to decide if you will be attending #AHRI2022 in person at @UPTuks
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Open Calls

The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, will host the AHRI 2022 conference at its Future Africa campus on 2-3 September 2022, preceded by a doctoral/early researcher workshop on 1 September. The theme of the conference will be technology and human rights with panels on the following themes: Track 1: Surveillance and vulnerability Track 2 Survival and sustainability Track 3: Democratic participation and accountability Abstracts and panel proposals should be submitted to the organisers by 31 March 2022. The full call for papers will be available in January 2022. The conference will be presented in hybrid format with the possibility of presenting papers in person or online. Enquiries: magnus.killander@up.ac.za

Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa, Canada Call for Applications Deadline: May 6, 2022 International Humanitarian Law Summer School The University of Ottawa and the Canadian Red Cross are organizing their 2022 Summer School on International Humanitarian Law (IHL). The goal of this course is to offer students and professionals the fundamentals of IHL and the opportunity to apply this knowledge through realistic case studies and a full simulation day. The course is offered in English and French and enrolment is limited to 30 participants by language group. Sessions will take place between May 29th and June 3rd in Ottawa, Canada. Specific questions can be answered by contacting dih-ihl@uOttawa.ca.

Centre for Human Rights, Ghent University Call for Application Deadline: May 2, 2022 Summer School ‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty’ The Programme for Studies on Human Rights in Context, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University, and the Global Campus on Human Rights are pleased to invite highly motivated undergraduate students that are achieving their degrees in law, political sciences, public health, criminology, or postgraduate students (masters, LLM, PhD or postdoc) as well as staff of civil society organisations and policymakers to the 1st edition of the Summer School ‘Human Rights & Persons Deprived of Liberty'. This summer course will be held on the Zoom platform from the 5th to the 8th of July 2022. Curated by Prof Dr Clara Burbano-Herrera (Ghent University) and Prof Dr Manfred Nowak (University of Vienna), this course is a great opportunity to develop an in-depth understanding of the structural problems around prisons through the lens of international human rights law, public health, criminal law, and practice. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading academics from Europe, Africa and North & South America working in this field, gaining awareness of complex issues related to the human rights of persons deprived of liberty. Applications are open until Monday 2 May 2022. Apply now: Summer School on line application platform More details: Download the Summer School Program


AHRI has released a statement concerning the Russian invasion of the soverign nation of Ukraine. You can read the full statement here, with more translations coming soon.

Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, UK News The Role of Art in Keeping Civic Space Open The HRD Hub at the Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, recently published the first paper in a new series of working papers based on conversations that have taken place between artists, activists and academics as part of the Arctivism project. These conversations aim to explore in more detail the creative practices of collaborations between artists and activists and to better understand the role of art in activism. The paper is based on the first conversation in the series – The Role of Art in Keeping Civic Space Open – which considered how artists and activists in South Africa, Uganda and the Philippines reacted to restrictions imposed during the pandemic and pushed back against closing civic and political spaces.

Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom New report on Financing AND Genocide: Development Finance and the Crisis in the Uyghur Region The Forced Labor Lab at Sheffield Hallam University's Helena Kennedy Centre, in partnership with the non-profit research organization NomoGaia, produced a new report on Financing & Genocide: Development Finance and the Crisis in the Uyghur Region, The report, authored by Professor Laura Murphy, Nyrola Elimä and Kendyl Salcito, was published by the Atlantic Council. The report reflects the findings of 18 months of investigation into the International Finance Corporation's (IFC) investments in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The report focuses on four companies operating in the region that together have received nearly half a billion dollars in financing from the IFC and are active participants in coercive state-sponsored labor and land transfer programs. The findings of the report reveal that the companies are at very high risk of violating numerous of IFC's own Performance Standards, including many related to labor standards and environmental hazards, but they are nonetheless still clients. Taxpayer revenue funds these projects through the IFC, and so there is reason for all of us to be concerned.

Danish Institute for Human Rights. Summary of session on: “National Human Rights Institutions as digital rights watchdog” The session looked at how the NHRI mandate areas are challenged by technology and what opportunities technology provides in fulfilling these with a view to establishing an alliance of NHRIs who wants to increase their engagement with the digital rights agenda. The participants also explored the particular role that NHRIs can play in each of the NHRI mandate areas, such as complaints-handling, monitoring & reporting, awareness-raising and advice to the government. Read the full report here.

Past Opportunities

Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Sheffield Hallam University 

Helena Kennedy Centre Sanctuary Scholarship

Sheffield Hallam University offers three Sanctuary Scholarships per academic year to support talented students who have sought asylum in the UK. One of them is the Helena Kennedy Centre Sanctuary Scholarship for MA or LLM Applied Human Rights course. 

Deadline: 19 April 2022, 23:55

Read more here.