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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How To Save The Amazon: The Reasons Why a Living Forest is Worth More than a Cut-Down One

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Luís Roberto Barroso and Patrícia Perrone Campos Mello. 3/10/2021. “How To Save The Amazon: The Reasons Why a Living Forest is Worth More than a Cut-Down One.” Carr Center Discussion Paper Series, 2021-011. See full text.
How To Save The Amazon: The Reasons Why a  Living Forest is Worth More than a Cut-Down One

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This paper highlights the importance of the Amazon for the global ecosystem, the retreat and the advance of deforestation in the area located within Brazilian territory, as well as the rising trend of environmental crimes, with special attention afforded to illegal logging, land grabbing and unauthorized mining activities, including in indigenous reserves. The article enumerates the governmental public policies that were successful in containing the destruction of the forest, and the setbacks they have suffered in recent times. The final part describes the forest exploitation models adopted thus far, which have had limited economic and social impact, and presents an alternative, currently under discussion, which combines the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the forest’s bioeconomy. The text also identifies contributions that international stakeholders can offer to forest conservation efforts, such as financing mechanisms (REDD+) and sustainability certification requirements by markets that consume Brazilian exports and by financial institutions when evaluating companies who develop activities in Brazil’s Legal Amazon (BLA).

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: Luís Roberto Barroso et al | March 10 2021
: Since the 1970s, there has been a fundamental duality in the debate concerning the treatment of the rainforest: the advocates of economic development, on one side, and the environmentalists, on the other.

International Womxn’s Day

International Womxn’s Day

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In recognition of International Womxn’s Day this year, we spoke with faculty and fellows across the center and asked them to share their insight on one question: What do we need to focus on in the coming year to fully realize the rights of womxn and girls around the world? Learn what they had to say. 
: Carr Center | March 8 2021
: What do we need to focus on in the coming year to fully realize the rights of womxn and girls around the world? Here’s what Carr Center faculty and fellows had to say.
Last updated on 03/08/2021

Privacy, Personal Data, and Surveillance

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John Shattuck and Mathias Risse. 2/26/2021. “Privacy, Personal Data, and Surveillance.” Reimagining Rights and Responsibilities in the United States, 016. See full text.
Privacy, Personal Data, and Surveillance

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Privacy has always been one of the most precarious rights of American life because it lacks clear protections in the U.S. Constitution. The right to privacy is under attack in this moment in our history like no other previous moment. Privacy defenders are attempting to fight a two-front war, as increasing incursions are made by private industry and government law enforcement.

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: John Shattuck and Mathias Risse | Feb 26 2021
: Privacy has always been one of the most precarious rights of American life because it lacks clear protections in the U.S. Constitution.
Last updated on 02/26/2021
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2021 May 19

The 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre: Looking Back, Looking Ahead

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May 31, 2021 marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, when a violent white mob nearly destroyed the formerly thriving and prosperous African American community in the Greenwood district of Tulsa (also known as Black Wall Street). Over 300 African Americans were killed, and thousands were displaced. Hundreds of homes and businesses burned to the ground. In the decades since this occurred, the massacre was covered up, local officials obstructed the redevelopment of Greenwood, and the local chapter of the KKK became one of the largest in the U.S.

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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