Leading from The Human Rights Frontlines

Date: 

Tuesday, October 4, 2022, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Location: 

Wexner 102

Please join us for a study group on human rights at the Harvard Kennedy School!

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy invites you to join a study group on the role of national human rights institutions, public consultations, documentation of human rights violations, and protection of victims. The study group, which will meet two times this semester, is convened and moderated by Nicholas Opiyo, Fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Scholar at Risk.

APPLY NOW: Registration is capped at 20 participants. To register, please email Laryssa Da Silveira at laryssadasilveira@hks.harvard.edu

The study group will meet from 12:00-1:00 pm on two occasions this semester:

  • Tuesday, October 4th from 12:00-1:00 pm, Wexner 102
  • Tuesday, November 8th, from 12-1:00 pm, Wexner 102

Description:

Nicholas Opiyo is a Ugandan human rights lawyer commonly known for campaigning civil rights and political freedoms in Uganda specifically electoral law, the restriction of freedom of assembly, and the clampdown on freedom of speech and freedom of the press. He is also known for representing LGBTQ+ people. He is the current Executive Director and Lead Attorney at Chapter Four Uganda. Mr. Opiyo received the German Africa Prize in 2017, Voices for Justice Award from Human Rights Watch in 2015 and the European Union Parliament Sakharov Fellows Prize in 2016. Mr. Opiyo was the 2015 recipient of the Alison Des Forges award for extraordinary activism.

Mr. Opiyo was the member of the Team of Expert to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Peaceful Assembly and Association until 2017.He is a visiting scholar at the Centre for African Studies, Stanford University, CA, USA and the Global Health Program at the University of San Francisco (UCSF), California, USA. Mr. Opiyo is the Board Chair of Action Aid Uganda, a member of the Human Rights Advisory Board BENETECH, a Silicon Valley human rights and tech company based in Palo Alto in California and African Middle Eastern Leadership Project (AMEL), a Washington, DC-based think, and action group.

In this study group, we will explore the role of national human rights institutions, public consultations, documentation of human rights violations, and protection of victims. Active discussion of assigned readings will be encouraged.