The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy serves as the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School’s research, teaching, and training in the human rights domain. The center embraces a dual mission: to educate students and the next generation of leaders from around the world in human rights policy and practice; and to convene and provide policy-relevant knowledge to international organizations, governments, policymakers, and businesses.

 

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Peru’s Indigenous and Rural Grassroots Civil Resistance Against the Extractive Sector

Peru’s Indigenous and Rural Grassroots Civil Resistance Against the Extractive Sector

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Peru is a resource-rich country where mining dominates the extractive industry. In fact, the mining industry — which has around 200 active mines throughout the country and 48 mining projects worth $57.7 billion in investment currently under development — accounts for 10% of Peru’s GDP and 60% of its exports. This creates an incentive for the government to protect and promote mining investment, many times at the expense of the interests of local communities. Therefore, it’s no wonder that some of the most visible social conflicts in Peru over the last two decades have been related to extractive industries.

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author/date: Mayumi Cornejo | Nov 22 2021
teaser text: It’s no wonder that some of the most visible social conflicts in Peru over the last two decades have been related to extractive industries.
Last updated on 11/22/2021

Grappling with the Rise of Right-Wing Populist Movements in Europe

Grappling with the Rise of Right-Wing Populist Movements in Europe

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Right-wing populist movements, which incorporate right-wing political theory and populist modalities, have become increasingly prominent and mainstream over the past decade, both in the Global North and Global South. European far-right populism shares many commonalities with other regional populist movements, but also has its own set of distinct methods, risks, and uncertainties. 

This discussion paper by Michelle Poulin, Carr Center Topol Fellow, will outline the unique characteristics of European far-right populist movements, the ways in which countries’ 20th century histories have influenced current day populist politics, and the online and offline organizational strategies that have helped right-wing movements influence the successes of right-wing political parties in recent years. It will also examine the rise of Germany’s far-right populist movement and the social factors that may have led to it. 

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author/date: Michelle Poulin | Nov 8 2021
teaser text: Right-wing populist movements have become increasingly prominent and mainstream over the past decade, both in the Global North and Global South.
Last updated on 11/08/2021

Human Rights Implications of Algorithmic Impact Assessments: Priority Considerations to Guide Effective Development and Use

Human Rights Implications of Algorithmic Impact Assessments: Priority Considerations to Guide Effective Development and Use

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The public and private sectors are increasingly turning to the use of algorithmic or artificial intelligence impact assessments (AIAs) as a means to identify and mitigate harms from AI. While promising, lack of clarity on the proper scope, methodology, and best practices for AIAs could inadvertently perpetuate the harms they seek to mitigate, especially to human rights. We explore the emerging integration of the human rights legal framework into AI governance strategies, including the implementation of human rights impacts assessments (HRIAs) to assess AI. The benefits and drawbacks from recent implementations of AIAs and HRIAs to assess AI adopted by the public and private sectors are explored and considered in the context of an emerging trend toward the development of standards, certifications, and regulatory technologies for responsible AI governance practices. We conclude with priority considerations to better ensure that AIAs and their corresponding responsible AI governance strategies live up to their promise.

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author/date: Nonnecke & Dawson | Oct 21 2021
teaser text: Lack of clarity on the proper scope, methodology, and best practices for algorithmic or AI impact assessments could inadvertently perpetuate the harms they seek to mitigate.
Last updated on 10/25/2021
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“The Carr Center is building a bridge between ideas on human rights and the practice on the ground. Right now we are at a critical juncture. The pace of technological change and the rise of authoritarian governments are both examples of serious challenges to the flourishing of individual rights. It’s crucial that Harvard and the Kennedy School continue to be a major influence in keeping human rights ideals alive. The Carr Center is a focal point for this important task.”

 

- Mathias Risse