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Centre of Governance & Human Rights (CGHR)


Watch CGHR Research Associate, Dr Thomas Probert, introduce the research theme The Right to Life.


Collaboration between CGHR and the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions

Since 2011, CGHR has been collaborating with the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Prof. Christof Heyns to produce in-depth research on topics directly associated with his mandate. Information on the role played by Special Rapporteurs within the system of the UN Human Rights Council can be found here. More information about Prof. Heyns' particular mandate can be found here. It can be characterised as being concerned, normatively, with the right to life.

ICTs and the Right to Life

This 2014/15 project brought together CGHR's work on the right to life and on new information communication technologies. Dr Ella McPherson, a CGHR Research Associate, led a study into the implications of ICTs for Professor Heyns' mandate, ahead of a report to the Human Rights Council. 

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Unlawful Killings in Africa

This ambitious project, investigating the extent of killing across Africa that fall within the mandate of the Special Rapporteur, reported in June 2014. Dr Thomas Probert, a CGHR Research Associate, worked closely with Prof. Heyns at the University of Pretoria, and also with a research team in Cambridge. 

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The Safety of Journalists

In 2011-12, this collaboration took the form of a student group researching the Right to Life of Journalists. The group produced a "Research Pack" which was presented to a Meeting of Experts convened in Cambridge by Prof. Heyns. This research, and the meeting, greatly informed the Special Rapporteur's thematic report to the Human Rights Council.

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African Arguments: The death penalty in Africa

Threats to the right to life of journalists

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(CGHR Working Paper #4)

Sarah Elliott, Mona Elbahtimy & Dr Sharath Srinivasan (Centre of Governance and Human Rights)

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