Equality & Discrimination

Climate change induced displacement: Leveraging transnational advocacy networks to address operational gaps

Climate change induced displacement: Leveraging transnational advocacy networks to address operational gaps

February 21, 2017

Original article on by Carr Center's Senior Fellow Steven Livingston and Joseph Guay

According to the latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, “Few aspects of the human endeavor…are isolated from possible impacts in a changing climate. The… Read more about Climate change induced displacement: Leveraging transnational advocacy networks to address operational gaps

2017 Feb 17

Carr Talk & Coffee: On Trump, Torture and Secret Prisons

10:00am to 11:30am

Location: 

Carr Center Conference Room - Rubenstein 219

Join Carr Center faculty, fellows and staff for Carr Talk & Coffee. At this Carr Talk, Carr Center research fellow Alberto Mora will discuss his research on the impacts of the U.S. use of torture on our strategic interests. Carr Center's Avery Schmidt and Kathryn Sikkink will also discuss their research on the… Read more about Carr Talk & Coffee: On Trump, Torture and Secret Prisons

Trump repeats sad history on immigration

Trump repeats sad history on immigration

February 6, 2017

From Carr Center's Kathryn Sikkink.

"When I was growing in St. Cloud in the 1960s and 1970s, I was already dimly aware that we were an immigrant community.

In particular, I knew the parents and grandparents of many of my schoolmates had come from Germany because I was always in the homeroom full of the kids with German last names — the Schmidts, Schneiders, and Schwartzs. A number of these students came from poor farms outside town. They had to be up very early in the morning before school to help on the farm, before the long bus trip to school, and they came to homeroom, the… Read more about Trump repeats sad history on immigration

How to defend human rights in the Trump era

How to defend human rights in the Trump era

January 25, 2017

Carr Center's Senior Fellow John Shattuck's latest Op-Ed in the Boston Globe.

"The Women’s March and demonstrations throughout the country last weekend served notice on President Trump that if he persists in assaulting human rights, he will face massive resistance.

Recent presidents who threatened rights have been reined in. Richard Nixon used the power of the presidency to attack the Constitution and his political enemies, but… Read more about How to defend human rights in the Trump era

PolicyCast - The Challenges Faced by Human Rights Organizations with Sushma Raman

PolicyCast - The Challenges Faced by Human Rights Organizations with Sushma Raman

December 21, 2016

While human history is replete with examples of repression and the struggle against it, it wasn’t until 1948 that the world came together to declare in one voice the sanctity of each individual’s dignity. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was a triumph of the post-war period, and while the world is by most measures a far better place today than in 1948, the declaration’s adoption was not the end of the fight for human rights, but the beginning.

Ensuring security, justice, and equality for… Read more about PolicyCast - The Challenges Faced by Human Rights Organizations with Sushma Raman

International pressure on US human rights matters now more than ever

International pressure on US human rights matters now more than ever

November 11, 2016

These are dangerous times.  Never has it been so important for domestic and international human rights advocates and scholars to collaborate.  Such action must be guided by past successes in promoting human rights, based on our best history and social science. I share Stephen Hopgood’s sense of urgency, but I disagree with his recommendation that we should only engage in domestic politics and abandon international human rights norms and law. 

We will need even stronger domestic movements to… Read more about International pressure on US human rights matters now more than ever

Announcing the 2016-17 Carr Center Emerging Human Rights Leaders Program

Announcing the 2016-17 Carr Center Emerging Human Rights Leaders Program

November 7, 2016

In 2016-17, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy is pleased to launch its Emerging Human Rights Leaders Program, which seeks to build a strong, sustainable community of current Harvard Kennedy School students—and future alumni—who demonstrate a clear and passionate commitment to the study, practice, and advocacy of human rights.

falseThis new program, directed by Carr Center faculty member Dr. Timothy Patrick McCarthy, is designed to enhance… Read more about Announcing the 2016-17 Carr Center Emerging Human Rights Leaders Program

Dara Kay Cohen. 8/2015. “Do States Delegate Shameful Violence to Militias?.” The Journal of Conflict Resolution, 5, 59: 877-898. Publisher's Version Abstract

Existing research maintains that governments delegate extreme, gratuitous, or excessively brutal violence to militias. However, analyzing all militias in armed conflicts from 1989 to 2009, we find that this argument does not account for the observed patterns of sexual violence, a form of violence that should be especially likely to be delegated by governments. Instead, we find that states commit sexual violence as a complement to—rather than a substitute for—violence perpetrated by militias. Rather than the logic of delegation, we argue that two characteristics of militia groups increase the probability of perpetrating sexual violence. First, we find that militias that have recruited children are associated with higher levels of sexual violence. This lends support to a socialization hypothesis, in which sexual violence may be used as a tool for building group cohesion. Second, we find that militias that were trained by states are associated with higher levels of sexual violence, which provides evidence for sexual violence as a “practice” of armed groups. These two complementary results suggest that militia-perpetrated sexual violence follows a different logic and is neither the result of delegation nor, perhaps, indiscipline.

More Than Blood

Blog by Tim McCarthy.

Original Post Here.

We awoke to news of the carnage in Orlando. I had slept in — the first long, good night’s sleep after a hell of a week: a funeral, my 45th birthday, graduation, another funeral, and a graduation party. I woke up refreshed, but not for long. Several friends had already texted or sent me Facebook messages warning of the pain that was to come, the massacre that had already taken place.

“Breaking news: 50 dead, 53 injured, at gay nightclub in Orlando… Read more about More Than Blood

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