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How do cops think about assemblies in Africa? Can training help?

How do cops think about assemblies in Africa? Can training help?

Large scale public assemblies, and particularly political protests, are frequent flashpoints for interactions between police and the public all over the world, during which the police may—lawfully or unlawfully—resort to the use of force.

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Launching the Digital Verification Corps

Launching the Digital Verification Corps

In a world where mobile phones and social media are enabling us to witness accounts of human rights violations around the world, Amnesty International are able and committed to do more with the potential of social media as evidence. But, they need YOUR help!

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Roundtable discussion: Eastern African Studies in the Next Decade

Roundtable discussion: Eastern African Studies in the Next Decade

Dr Sharath Srinivasan took part at a roundtable discussion hosted by the British Institute in Eastern Africa on September 11.

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Kenyan Pre-Election Briefing with Dr Njoki Wamai

Kenyan Pre-Election Briefing with Dr Njoki Wamai

Ahead of Kenya's 2017 Elections (8th August 2017) the Royal African Society discussed politics, regional dynamics and the economy, with the following speakers including CGHR's Research Associate Dr Njoki Wamai

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CGHR Research Theme "The Right to Life": Accountability for violations of the right to life

Ever since beginning of CGHR’s collaboration with the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, which has been grouped under the theme on the “right to life”, research has underlined the significance of accountability. Whether thinking about responses to threats to the safety of journalists, the potential capabilities of ICTs for human rights advocacy, or, perhaps at greatest length, as part of its survey of Unlawful Killings in Africa, CGHR research has drawn attention to the fact that the failure of the State to pursue accountability for a potential violation of the right to life is itself a violation of that right.

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CGHR talk "Breaking Aleppo: Facts and Fictions of the Conflict"

CGHR talk "Breaking Aleppo: Facts and Fictions of the Conflict"

On June 13 Maksymilian Czuperski visited CGHR to talk about the Atlantic Council's latest Report "Breaking Aleppo" which was published in February 2017. He is the Director of the Digital Forensic Research Lab & Special Advisor to the President Atlantic Council.

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CGHR talk "Beyond Clicktivism: New Models for Exposing Human Rights Violations in the Digital Age"

CGHR talk "Beyond Clicktivism: New Models for Exposing Human Rights Violations in the Digital Age"

On March 27 we were delighted to have Sam Dubberley (Manager of Amnesty International's Digital Verification Corps) and Alexa Koenig (Executive Director of the Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley School of Law) as guest speaker at CGHR. Here you can watch the whole talk about their ongoing successful collaboration.

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BLOG: Duterte's War on Drugs

Sharmila Parmanand, a PhD candidate in Multi-Disciplinary Gender Studies at the University of Cambridge, gave an arresting introduction to the current human rights abuses in the Philippines as a result of President Duterte’s war on drugs.

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BLOG: A Day in the Life: Protecting Students, Teachers and Schools in Today’s Wars

BLOG: A Day in the Life: Protecting Students, Teachers and Schools in Today’s Wars

CGHR practitioner series featuring Bede Sheppard, Deputy Director of the Children’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch. Florence Gildea, member of CGHR's student group, wrote about his talk.

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Welcome Steven Livingston at CGHR

Welcome Steven Livingston at CGHR

CGHR is delighted to have Steven Livingston as a Visiting Senior Research Associate in Cambridge this month. Steven Livingston is a senior fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University.

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Dr Sharath Srinivasan's speech on "How can we still make sense of Human Rights?"

Dr Sharath Srinivasan's speech on "How can we still make sense of Human Rights?"

Is the concept of Human Rights still valid, despite its colonial and Eurocentric history? In a world of post-truth, fake news, and alt-facts; is it still worthwhile? Watch Dr Sharath Srinivasan's speech on How can we still make sense of Human Rights? at the Founders Pledge dinner in London.

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Dr Sharath Srinivasan's speech at the 2017 conference of Georgetown University in Qatar

Dr Sharath Srinivasan's speech at the 2017 conference of Georgetown University in Qatar

CGHR's Director, Dr Sharath Srinivasan, attended the 2017 conference of Georgetown University in Qatar (March 20-21, 2017) which was devoted to the theme of "The Liberal State and its Alternatives in the Indian Ocean World".

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BLOG - State Security, Torture and the Law: A Continuing Struggle

BLOG - State Security, Torture and the Law: A Continuing Struggle

With Donald Trump having spoken in favour of the use of torture during his first TV interview as President, claiming that it was unfair for countries like the U.S to be ‘not playing on an even field’ with groups like ISIS, the panel discussion on State Security, Torture and the Law hosted by the Centre of Governance and Human Rights and the Cambridge University European Society felt particularly timely. Together, the speakers spoke both of reasons to be hopeful about recent progress in the struggle against torture, and reasons to remain vigilant.

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BLOG: Let’s Talk about Female Genital Cutting - The Anti-Khatna movement in India

BLOG: Let’s Talk about Female Genital Cutting - The Anti-Khatna movement in India

To mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation, recognized by the United Nations on 6 February, the CGHR Student Group organised a discussion, led by MPhil in Gender Studies student Reetika Subramanian, about contested realities in the anti-Khatna movement in India.

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BLOG: The Case of Giulio Regeni, with Dr Antonio Marchesi (President of Amnesty Italy)

BLOG: The Case of Giulio Regeni, with Dr Antonio Marchesi (President of Amnesty Italy)

Giulio Regeni was an Italian student studying for a doctorate at Girton College, Cambridge, researching Egypt's independent trade unions. While doing research in Cairo, he was brutally tortured and murdered, his body abandoned by a highway and found just over a year ago, on the 3rd February, 2016. Although an Italian autopsy concluded that he had been systematically tortured for around a week before his murder, what precisely took place between the day of his disappearance and his death remains clouded in mystery.

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BLOG: Dr Laurie Denyer Willis on Exclusion, Citizenship, and the Promises of Pentecostalism in Rio de Janeiro's Subúrbios

BLOG: Dr Laurie Denyer Willis on Exclusion, Citizenship, and the Promises of Pentecostalism in Rio de Janeiro's Subúrbios

Social exclusion and rival visions of belonging were at the heart of Dr Laurie Denyer Willis's presentation "Life Beside the State: Refusing citizenship in Rio de Janeiro's Pentecostal Subúrbios." Drawing on long-term ethnographic research in Rio's suburban zones, Dr Denyer Willis used individual stories of marginalisation and resilience to highlight the state's troubled relationship with some of its most vulnerable citizens.

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CGHR Trip to Parliament for South Sudan Panel Discussion

CGHR Trip to Parliament for South Sudan Panel Discussion

In late November, the CGHR Student Group launched the first of its 'Day in the Life' events, which aim to connect students with human rights practitioners in their places of work. The group brought seven students to the UK Parliament to attend a panel discussion developed by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Sudan and South Sudan. The meeting explored the concerning trend of increased violence in South Sudan in recent months and discussed potential solutions to the country's desperate human rights situation.

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BLOG: In Conversation with Sandrine Tiller, Médécins Sans Frontièrs

BLOG: In Conversation with Sandrine Tiller, Médécins Sans Frontièrs

On the 24th of January, the CGHR held the first lecture of this year’s practitioner series with Sandrine Tiller, Programmes Advisor for Humanitarian Issues for Médécins Sans Frontièrs (UK). On her way to Berlin, Tiller passed through Cambridge to talk about her career in humanitarian aid and policy, as well as share her thoughts on the current state of the profession.

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BLOG: In Conversation with Richard Leakey on Kenyan Politics and Conservation in Africa

BLOG: In Conversation with Richard Leakey on Kenyan Politics and Conservation in Africa

Providing a glimpse into a life of adventure worthy of a Hollywood film (sadly cancelled), the CGHR was honoured to host Dr. Richard Leakey at Cambridge this week for a discussion on Kenyan politics. One of the key figures in Kenya's post-colonial history, Dr. Leakey shared erudite and often entertaining anecdotes from his diverse career as a revered paleoanthropologist, former head of the Kenyan civil service, retired director of the Kenya Wildlife Service, and a former opposition leader.

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