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GNPHR NEWS – blogs and book reviews
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AND ACTIONS
CONTENT AREAS: ARTICLES AND NEWS
- Human Rights and Psychology: theory, epistemology, ethics, plans
- Mental Health and Human Rights
- Crimes against humanity
- Human rights education
- Racism /Exclusion /Inclusion
- Processes of decolonising
- Women / Family
- Rights of Persons with disabilities
- Refugees / Displacement / Forced migration / Statelessness
- Personal Data / Data Rights
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22 April 2021 – International Mother Earth Day
‘We must act decisively to protect our planet from both the coronavirus and the existential threat of climate disruption.’ UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
When Mother Earth sends us a message
Mother Earth is clearly urging a call to action. Nature is suffering. Oceans filling with plastic and turning more acidic. Extreme heat, wildfires and floods, as well as a record-breaking Atlantic hurricane season, have affected millions of people. Now we face COVID-19, a worldwide health pandemic link to the health of our ecosystem.
Climate change, man-made changes to nature as well as crimes that disrupt biodiversity, such as deforestation, land-use change, intensified agriculture and livestock production or the growing illegal wildlife trade, can increase contact and the transmission of infectious diseases from animals to humans (zoonotic diseases) like COVID-19.
From one new infection disease that emerges in humans every 4 months, 75% of these emerging diseases come from animals, according to UN Environment. This shows the close relationships between human, animal and environmental health.
The Sewell Report – the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities
Introduction by Tony Wainwright:
This report by a Commission on racial and ethnic disparities in Britain was set up by the UK government following the Black Lives Matter demonstrations and has implications for how human rights may be promoted in future as the UK government is reviewing its human rights laws. All but one of the Commission members are from minority ethnic groups. It has been widely criticised for selective use of data and for framing the issues raised by inequality as less to do with racism, institutional or otherwise, than with where people live, family breakdown and other similar factors. Britain is an unequal society, and the evidence is clear that this affects all groups and has major social consequences. However, the Commission rejects the idea that these processes work systemically – resulting in distribution of the good things and the bad things in life disproportionately to one group compared to another via institutional racism. They take the view that things in Britain have got much better over the past 50 years and that we should celebrate this success rather than focus on the problems. It is worth reading, whether you agree with its approach and conclusions or not, as it provides a window on a particular set of values that can frame this important issue. The extracts below highlight many of the concerns that have been raised by this report. Slavery Wasn’t Only About Suffering, Says UK Government-Backed Report. Slavery was not just about profit and suffering, a controversial report commissioned by the UK government in the wake of the Black Lives Matter (BLM) protests last summer has said. The much-anticipated report from the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities says that there is “a new story about the Caribbean experience which speaks to the slave period not only being about profit and suffering but how culturally African people transformed themselves into a re-modelled African/Britain.” Simon Childs, VICE, March 31, 2021.
- Experts cited in No 10’s race report claim they were not properly consulted. Academics say they were not asked to produce research specifically for commission on racial disparities. Aamna Mohdin, The Guardian, April 1, 2021.
- British Psychological Society’s response to the report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities. “The findings of the report represent a missed opportunity to identify the causes of disparities in our society, systemic racism, and to drive forward the positive change the Government said it wishes to deliver. We are particularly concerned that the re-traumatising of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people through a denial of their lived experience, will have an adverse psychological impact. As stated previously we recognise that institutional racism exists and as an organisation we will tackle it.”
- The Sewell report cited my work – just not the parts highlighting structural racism. If the authors had referred to my latest research, they would not have been so quick to dismiss this crucial factor. Michael Marmot, The Guardian, April 2021.
- The Sewell report displays a basic misunderstanding of how racism works. Kalwant Bhopal, The Guardian, March 31, 2021. The government’s commission on racial disparity ignores the role of institutional racism in the lives of young people.
United Nations experts condemn ‘shocking’ race report and call for Commission to be scrapped. ‘It is stunning to read a report on race and ethnicity that repackages racist tropes and stereotypes into fact’. An arm of the United Nations has condemned the “shocking” Race Commission report ordered by Boris Johnson and called for the body to be scrapped. The widely criticised study was attacked for “ignoring racial disparities” and for “shifting the blame for the impacts of racism to the people most impacted by it”. Rob Merrick, April 19, The Independent
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My Brother’s Keeper. Former Guantánamo detainee, Mohamedou Ould Salahi, and his guard, Steve Wood, reunite in Mauritania 13 years after last seeing each other, rekindling an unlikely relationship that profoundly changed their lives. Mohamedou was a prisoner at Guantánamo Bay for 14 years. During his incarceration he was subjected to torture and solitary confinement, but never charged with a crime. His memoir, Guantánamo Diary, became an international bestseller and was adapted into the film, The Mauritanian, starring Tahar Rahim and Jodie Foster.
My Brother’s Keeper is BAFTA longlisted for British Short Film 2021.
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Human Rights and Psychology: theory, epistemology, ethics, plans
No, American Academe Is Not Corrupting France. The French government’s moral panic about U.S. theory is a racist ruse. In a much-discussed speech on the topic of “Islamist separatism” in October 2020, the French president Emmanuel Macron accused the French academy of succumbing to the American fashion of identity politics. He warned against French thinkers’ seduction by “dangerous” theories forged in the fires of U.S. campuses. His particular targets were postcolonial studies and critical race studies.
“Many of these topics in which France used to excel academically have been undermined, and we have abandoned them,” Macron declared. French intellectuals, he lamented, have “yielded to other academic traditions,” specifically “Anglo-Saxon traditions based on a different history,” a history that, he claimed, “is not ours.” Antoine Traisnel, April 1, 2021, The Chronicle of higher education.
The speech received significant media attention in France and the United States. On the American side, a spate of opinion pieces questioned whether “woke” culture would irrevocably polarize French society, and saluted Macron’s effort to protect “classical liberal values.” Others asked if we were witnessing “the end of French intellectual life.”
Legal Theorists Have Much to Learn From Other Fields. Not only those trained in the law are competent to speak about society. Adam Shapiro, The Chronicle of higher education, March 26, 2021.
In the 1980s and ‘90s, some scientists took exception to the idea that their community — its practices, texts, social norms, and especially its claims to knowledge and authority — could be treated as an object of study. Multidisciplinary endeavors such as the Sociology of Scientific Knowledge treated scientists as communities of anthropological, historical, and sociological interest. The society analyzed scientists’ behavior and social interactions; it was agnostic about whether their claims to knowledge were right or wrong. This represented an evolution from earlier approaches to the history and philosophy of science, which were often committed to explicating or fortifying the fruits of scientific discovery. The society and other forms of science and technology studies were derided as “postmodern” and anti-science. At a time when an astrologer was on speed dial at the White House and creation science was given “balanced treatment” in schools, scientists implied that it was disloyal of their colleagues across the quad to undermine their role as defenders of expertise.
Not everyone. On human rights, utopia and who gets to be a member of the European demos and who doesn’t. Ferdinand von Schirach, the German lawyer and best-selling author and playwright, has published a new European human rights declaration for our time. It includes five new human rights: to a healthy environment, to digital self-determination, to protection from algorithms and fake news, to a supply chain free of human rights violations, all of them enforceable before the European Court of Justice. “Jeder Mensch” is supposed to have these rights.
Schirach’s text speaks in the first person plural. “We” are facing new challenges, “we” are exposed to unimagined dangers, “we, the citizens of the European Union” take these new rights for self-evident. We, the People: that is the agenda. A European demos is to be constituted here, a “we” making itself the subject of postulated rights. A bürgerlich European “we” is constructed that speaks in the name of “everyone”, but is recognisably a very specific someone, namely: folks like us. This is perhaps not a conscious omission, but certainly not an accidental one either. After all, this is about the construction of a bürgerlich European demos. This is about folks like me. I, a well-fed old German white male with a gargantuan carbon footprint and a stack of nice, inexpensive made-in-Bangladesh shirts in my wardrobe, am “everyone” and presented with a right to a clean environment and a clean supply chain as if my human dignity were the first thing in need of protection here. So, with that I am supposed to walk into that cemetery in Paris and say: Lafayette, here I am? I’ll be lucky if he won’t rise from his grave and punch me in the face. Maximilian Steinbeis, April 9, 2021, Verfassungsblog.
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Crimes against humanity
China: Crimes Against Humanity in Xinjiang. The Chinese government is committing crimes against humanity against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in the northwest region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Chinese leadership is responsible for widespread and systematic policies of mass detention, torture, and cultural persecution, among other offenses. Coordinated international action is needed to sanction those responsible, advance accountability, and press the Chinese government to reverse course.
The 53-page report, “‘Break Their Lineage, Break Their Roots’: China’s Crimes against Humanity Targeting Uyghurs and Other Turkic Muslims,” authored with assistance from Stanford Law School’s Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic, draws on newly available information from Chinese government documents, human rights groups, the media, and scholars to assess Chinese government actions in Xinjiang within the international legal framework. The report identified a range of abuses against Turkic Muslims that amount to offenses committed as part of a widespread and systematic attack directed against a population: mass arbitrary detention, torture, enforced disappearances, mass surveillance, cultural and religious erasure, separation of families, forced returns to China, forced labour, and sexual violence and violations of reproductive rights. Download the full report in English; Download the summary and recommendations in Uyghur
Human rights education
Human Rights Education Review – Vol 4 No 1 (2021) available online. March 11, 2021, HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION REVIEW – Vol. 4 No. 1 (2021): Special issue International.
Racism / Exclusion
Colleague Heinrich Düker was one of the few psychologists who protested against the Nazi regime. Because of this, he was imprisoned from 1936-1939 and from end 1944 till May 1945 sent to concentration camp Sachsenhausen. Düker was -after some struggle- rehabilitated in 1946 and given a full professorship at the Phillips University in Marburg. Among psychologists in general, making political statements is not-done, but what are psychologists and their associations doing today?
The Jerusalem Declaration On Antisemitism (March 25, 2021)
The following quote is from the website of the Jerusalem Declaration: “The Jerusalem Declaration on Antisemitism is a tool to identify, confront and raise awareness about antisemitism as it manifests in countries around the world today. It includes a preamble, definition, and a set of 15 guidelines that provide detailed guidance for those seeking to recognize antisemitism in order to craft responses. It was developed by a group of scholars in the fields of Holocaust history, Jewish studies, and Middle East studies to meet what has become a growing challenge: providing clear guidance to identify and fight antisemitism while protecting free expression. It has over 200 signatories.
Inspired by the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights, the 1969 Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, the 2000 Declaration of the Stockholm International Forum on the Holocaust, and the 2005 United Nations Resolution on Holocaust Remembrance, we hold that while antisemitism has certain distinctive features, the fight against it is inseparable from the overall fight against all forms of racial, ethnic, cultural, religious, and gender discrimination.”
On antisemitism, universities should adopt the new Jerusalem Declaration. Times Higher Education, April 5, 2021. Attempts to impose the IHRA definition have prompted the formulation of an alternative that respects academic freedom, says Bahram Bekhradnia.
All forms of racism are a scourge, and they have to be vigorously addressed. Antisemitism is no exception. Yet, tragically, the fight against antisemitism has been the subject of controversy over the past few years, as a result of attempts to impose a definition of the phenomenon that is flawed and self-serving, seeking to equate criticism of Israel with slander against Jews.
I am referring, of course, to the “working definition“ of antisemitism complied by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), which the UK education secretary, Gavin Williamson, has ordered universities to adopt – with threats of funding cuts for those that do not.
The definition itself is not particularly controversial: “Antisemitism is a certain perception of Jews, which may be expressed as hatred toward Jews. Rhetorical and physical manifestations of antisemitism are directed toward Jewish or non-Jewish individuals and/or their property, toward Jewish community institutions and religious facilities.” However, the IHRA’s examples of contemporary antisemitism include “claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavor”. Apologists for Israel’s recent behaviour have sought to insist these examples are part of the definition (despite the IHRA’s disclaimer that the “overall context” of such assertions should be taken into account) in an attempt to silence those who draw parallels between Israel’s treatment of Palestinians and white South Africans’ former treatment of their black fellow-countrymen in the apartheid era.
[Opinion] The Jerusalem Declaration’s Bogus Definition of Anti-Semitism. NGO Monitor, Gerald Steinberg, April 2021. In 2016, following major attacks targeting Jewish and Israeli targets around the world, and based on earlier text adopted by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia, the government-based International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) published a two-page working definition of anti-Semitism. This initiative was designed to fill the vacuum that fostered ineffective policies and willful blindness in countering the sources of hate crimes directed specifically at Jews.
Since 2016, this document has been formally adopted by thirty governments, mainly in Europe, North America, and Australia, as well as by international institutions. In addition, a number of parliaments and municipalities have endorsed the text, and, in many cases, universities and other important frameworks use the definition in the form of guidelines for assessing antisemitic behaviour.
But for some ideological activists—particularly Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) supporters—the Israel-related examples of anti-Semitism are unacceptable and are portrayed, or distorted, as attempts to “silence criticism” of Israeli policies, or even as “threats to democracy.” Under the banner of “progressive values,” influential groups that frequently critique Israel—including J-Street, the New Israel Fund, and American Friends of Peace Now—pushed the claim that the “codification of the IHRA working definition,” specifically its “contemporary examples,” create the potential for misuse to “suppress legitimate free speech” and prevent “criticism of Israeli government actions.”
Statement of APA president in response to Atlanta-area spa shootings
As psychologists, we recognize the harmful mental and physical health effects of prejudice and xenophobia. We empathize with the fear and stress that many Asian Americans are experiencing. We urge those who are feeling traumatized in the aftermath of these crimes to stay connected to family and friends, talk about their feelings and limit their exposure to news media. And we call on all Americans to cease using anti-Asian terms when discussing the pandemic.
The mental health impact of anti-Asian racism. Zara Abrams, April 9, 2021, APA Monitor.
The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated xenophobia and bigotry toward Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Psychologists are identifying ways to address the distress caused by that hate.
Processes of decolonising
How Portugal silenced ‘centuries of violence and trauma. There has been little acknowledgement of Portugal’s role in the transatlantic slave trade – until now. References to Portugal’s epic, seafaring past like these litter this city – there is even a Vasco da Gama shopping mall. But until now, there has never been a single explicit reference, memorial or monument in Portugal’s public space to its pioneering role in the transatlantic slave trade, nor any acknowledgement of the millions of lives that were stolen between the 15th and 19th centuries.
This is the task that has brought Kiluanji Kia Henda, Angola’s most successful contemporary artist, here from his hometown of Luanda. The forthcoming Memorial-Homage to the Victims of Slavery that he designed will be the first memorial of its kind in Portugal and, he says, “the greatest challenge I’ve faced as an artist”. The installation, due to be unveiled in Lisbon this spring, features a field of three-metre-high sugar cane, forged in aluminium, alluding to the cold economic rationale that drove the transatlantic slave trade. It is also a challenge to Portugal. For a country that both established the transatlantic slave trade and was one of the last to continue reaping its profits – it was still using de-facto slave labour in its colonies in the 1960s – Portugal has been slow to reckon with its past. Ana Naomi de Sousa, AlJazeera, March 10, 2021.
Women / Family
Turkey quits landmark Istanbul Convention protecting women from violence. Turkey has pulled out of the world’s first binding treaty to prevent and combat violence against women by presidential decree, in the latest victory for conservatives in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party.
The 2011 Istanbul Convention, signed by 45 countries and the European Union, requires governments to adopt legislation prosecuting domestic violence and similar abuse as well as marital rape and female genital mutilation. Conservatives had claimed the charter damages family unity, encourages divorce and that its references to equality were being used by the LGBT community to gain broader acceptance in society. France24, March 20, 2021, (AFP)
Turkey quits European accord on violence against women. President Erdogan has pulled the country out of a Council of Europe accord that provided a legal framework to prevent femicide and promote gender equality. DW -Reuters 20 March 2021.
“The guarantee of women’s rights are the current regulations in our bylaws, primarily our Constitution. Our judicial system is dynamic and strong enough to implement new regulations as needed,” Family, Labour and Social Policies Minister Zehra Zümrüt Selçuk said on Twitter.
The decision sparked protests from women’s rights activists. Reporting from a rally in Istanbul, DW’s Julia Hahn said many women responded to the decision with “anger and outrage.” The marches are expected to continue, she added.
The Lockdown Showed How the Economy Exploits Women. She Already Knew. Silvia Federici has been warning for decades of what happens when we undervalue domestic labour. The lockdown showed how the economy exploits women. She already knew. Jordan Kisner, February 17, 2021, NY Times.
Rights of Persons with disabilities
Why does the European Union need a new Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities? Despite all efforts, persons with disabilities are still at a higher risk of poverty and social exclusion than persons without disabilities. Access to healthcare, lifelong learning, employment, and leisure remains difficult, participation in political life is limited, and persons with disabilities are still discriminated against. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated existing inequalities. Over the past ten years, the European Disability Strategy 2010-2020 placed support for persons with disabilities high on the agenda, and it brought improvement in the areas of accessibility, awareness-raising, education and training, social protection and health, among others. In line with the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union which establish equality and non-discrimination as cornerstones of EU policies, the strategy was the main instrument for the European Union to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), to which the European Union as well as all EU Member States are parties. Factsheet: Strategy for the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2021-2030
How Germany violates conventions on disability rights. Germany’s sheltered workshops for people with disabilities exist in breach of a UN treaty. Now the European Parliament has voted to phase them out — but Germany’s 3,000 workshops may not be going anywhere. DW.com, March 17, 2021.
MHE releases reflection paper on access to justice for people with mental health problems. March 2021.
Mental Health Europe (MHE) has updated its reflection paper on access to justice for persons with psychosocial disabilities. The paper includes promising practices on access to justice and legal aid from across Europe. This updated version to the 2020 publication includes also references to the new EU Disability Rights Strategy 2021-2030. The position can be used by stakeholders, particularly the EU institutions, the Member States and civil society organisations, as a working document and baseline for the initial discussions around access to justice for persons with psychosocial disabilities and mental health problems.
Refugees, migration, forced migration, statelessness
Surviving the Crackdown in Xinjiang. As mass detentions and surveillance dominate the lives of China’s Uyghurs and Kazakhs, a woman struggles to free herself. Raffi Khatchadourian, April 5, 2021 The New Yorker.
Palestinians in Lebanon: ‘The world has forgotten us’. COVID pandemic, economic crisis, few rights: Things are getting harder and harder for displaced Palestinians in Lebanon. One reason is the chronic underfinancing of the UN agency responsible for them. Diana Hodali, April 2, 2021, DW Middle East.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is responsible for the Palestinian refugees in the 12 official camps in Lebanon. This is because Lebanon does not accept any costs for the Palestinians.
But the UN organization frequently becomes a pawn of political interests, as happened, for example, when former US President Donald Trump withdrew financing from the agency and made a dent in its finances to the tune of $300 million (€255 million) — his successor, Joe Biden, has announced he will commence payments again. The main criticism leveled at the UNRWA is that by looking after 5.7 million Palestinians in the region, it creates incentives for them not to integrate in other Arab countries so that they remain permanent refugees instead.
Comment by Aimee Karam:
“One reason is the chronic underfinancing of the UN agency responsible for them”. I would say yes but it is more than that! This article describes a humanitarian condition that perpetuates the existing ambiguity in solving existential problems, on edge, oscillating between social justice and human rights.
The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) is responsible for the Palestinian refugees in official camps in Lebanon. However, when political interests and significant conflicts become part of the decision making taken towards UN organizations, human rights struggle to make their way in implementingpowerful instruments ensuring goals, such as dignity, equality or social justice.
The Palestinian cause and the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are issues heavily imprinted by politics. Lebanon does not accept any costs for the Palestinians; the Middle East conflict between Israelis and Palestinian caused a forced displacement of Palestinian people to bordering countries, including Lebanon. Then, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) was involved in severe fighting in the Lebanese Civil War which caused ongoing scares and anger among several Lebanese factions. Finally, what was initially considered to be a temporary solution for the Palestinians has now become a home for several generations.
Adding to this context, the current reality of Lebanon who since October 17, 2019 is fighting through its own Revolution, its own government. Lebanon is eaten up by an institutionalized corruption, an unprecedented socio-economic crisis, a huge explosion, the Beirut port blast on August 4, 2020 which killed more than 200 people, left more than 6,500 injured, 300,000 people homeless, and severely damaged critical health infrastructure and medical supplies and a worldwide health pandemic the COVID-19 .
The importance and impact of this intersectionality, emphasized in this article, such as being a woman, often, the only bread winners, living in deep poverty, being a refugee in a country where a “total storm” prevails, should be considered as significant parameters, intertwined, shedding light on the complexity of some situations. Assessing and pointing out key and critical issues is a major step that should inform Human rights interventions when aiming to find concrete and sustainable solutions to a complex reality.
Personal Data / Data Rights
Facial recognition technology can expose political orientation from naturalistic facial images.
Michal Kosinski, Nature 11, Article number: 100. Open access.
There is a growing concern that the widespread use of facial recognition will lead to the dramatic decline of privacy and civil liberties1. Ubiquitous CCTV cameras and giant databases of facial images, ranging from public social network profiles to national ID card registers, make it alarmingly easy to identify individuals, as well as track their location and social interactions. Moreover, unlike many other biometric systems, facial recognition can be used without subjects’ consent or knowledge.
REGIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS
Special Initiative for the Caribbean. SPIC Kingston Cluster Office for the Caribbean
Responding to the special needs of the Caribbean Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the Cluster Office has launched the Special Initiative for the Caribbean (SPIC). Reflecting upon the common challenges of the region, the SPIC harnesses the great potential with an integrated approach to sustainable development, paying special attention to Youth and Climate Change as its two thematic development priorities.
FRA. Statement on the visit of FRA Director to Greece. Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), visited the reception facilities on the island of Samos in Greece. April 16, 2021, FRA.
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The United Nations Department of Global Communications Outreach Division is pleased to invite your high school to participate in the 12th Annual Global Student Conference on slavery and the transatlantic slave trade. The conference will take place virtually on the 10 June 2021 from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. EDT.
High school students will have an opportunity to interact with youth from across the globe and learn more about the history of the transatlantic slave trade and its impact on the modern world. In advance of the conference, students will be asked to research either an enslaved person of African descent who fought for justice, a site of memory in their country, or a project related to this year’s theme: “Ending Slavery’s Legacy of Racism: A Global Imperative for Justice.” Subscribe
World Justice Challenge 2021 Finalists. Meet 30 Rule of Law Changemakers, Finalists for the World Justice Challenge 2021. A panel of expert judges will select five winning organizations from the pool of 30 finalists, including one for each theme. One winner will receive WJP’s first-ever Ruth Bader Ginsburg Legacy Prize, and a sixth winner will be selected from the finalists through a popular vote by WJP’s global rule of law network. Winners will be announced the week of May 24. Each winning organization will receive a $20,000 cash prize and opportunities for networking support from the World Justice Project throughout the year. Explore all 30 World Justice Challenge 2021 finalists below, or browse finalists by theme here.
Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to participate in the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition Essay Competition. Submit Essays.
This essay competition was created to inspire students to explore connections between human rights and science, engineering and the health professions. Students may write on any topic at the intersection of science and/or technology with human rights.
Saturday, May 1, 2021 – Friday, June 4, 2021, 12:00am – 11:59pm
2020 winner was Mehrgol Tiv, a doctoral candidate in experimental psychology at McGill University with her essay AI for social good; How psychological researchers can contribute to the socially responsible development of artificial intelligence.
At the 32nd International Congress of Psychology (ICP2021), Prague, Czech Republic, 18-23 July 2021. https://www.icp2020.com/, several symposia, keynotes and round tables will be dedicated to human rights and psychology.
Save the Date: Announcing the 2021 Philipp Schwartz and Inspireurope Stakeholder Forum.
SAR invites you to save the date for the 2021 Philipp Schwartz and Inspireurope Stakeholder Forum, which will be held on 26 and 27 April as an online event. Convened by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation’s Philipp Schwartz Initiative in cooperation with the Scholars at Risk Germany Section and the Inspireurope project, the Forum will provide an opportunity for scholars, host institutions, funding organisations, and partners across Europe and beyond to discuss issues related to academic freedom and the situation of at-risk researchers in Europe. It will also place a particular focus on the topic of re-building interrupted research careers within and beyond academia. Invitations will be issued in March by the organisers. We hope to see many of you there.
ICP2021 VIRTUAL. Theme – Human rights, Dignity and Justice: Promoting Equity and Justice in an Age of Uncertainty
14TH European Public Health conference, 10 – 12 November 2021, virtual edition. Theme: Public health futures in a changing world. https://ephconference.eu/index.php
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