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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Corruption in Brazil

January 31, 2019

In the latest episode of Justice Matters, Carr Center's Executive Director Sushma Raman interviews Carr Center Senior Fellow Luis Roberto Barroso on the intersection of human rights and corruption in Brazil.... Read more about Corruption in Brazil

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Latest Publications

How to Solve Homelessness With Artificial Intelligence

How to Solve Homelessness With Artificial Intelligence


New article on featuring Carr Center Technology and Human Rights Fellow Desmond Patton.

“This is a pioneering phase for social work and AI,” says Desmond Patton, a professor at Columbia University who uses natural language processing algorithms to analyze gang violence. “I don’t think it’s a space yet.”

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: Desmond Patton | Apr 21 2019
: Tech fellow Desmond Patton discusses the intersection of social work and tech for OZY article.
Last updated on 02/03/2020

Elections Under Oppression in Cambodia: A Predictable Outcome?

Elections Under Oppression in Cambodia: A Predictable Outcome?


Read more on the Cambodian elections by by Sreang Heng, Carr Center fellow.
"On July 29, 2018, another parliamentary election was held in Cambodia. When the commune elections had been held on June 4, 2017, they were followed by complaints and recounts, but the official results showed that the two major rival parties had won the majority of votes: the ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) received 1,156 communes (out of 1,646) while its opposition party, the Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) won 489. The Khmer National United Party received only one."

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: Sreang Heng | Sept 4 2019
: Carr Fellow Sreang Heng explores the integrity of the recent Cambodian elections.
Last updated on 02/03/2020

The '3.5% rule': How a small minority can change the world



Research featuring Carr Center's Erica Chenoweth. 

Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts – and those engaging a threshold of 3.5% of the population have never failed to bring about change.

"In 1986, millions of Filipinos took to the streets of Manila in peaceful protest and prayer in the People Power movement. The Marcos regime folded on the fourth day.

In 2003, the people of Georgia ousted Eduard Shevardnadze through the bloodless Rose Revolution, in which protestors stormed the parliament building holding the flowers in their hands."

Read the full article on BBC Future.

ow: David Robson | May 15, 2019
sdf: Nonviolent protests are twice as likely to succeed as armed conflicts.
Last updated on 02/11/2020
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- Mathias Risse