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Seeking Research Assistant – Human Trafficking

October 28, 2019
The Carr Center is seeking a research assistant for the upcoming semester.
The project is: Suicide Prevention for Survivors of Human Trafficking in the Philippines
 

Project Overview

Human trafficking survivors experience heightened risk of suicide compared to the general population. Occurring with higher rates of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use, these risks are exacerbated by...

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David Cole. 4/18/2019. “Book Review: Have Human Rights Failed?” The New York Review of Books. Publisher's VersionAbstract
Book review of Kathryn Sikkink's Evidence for Hope in the New York Review of Books.
 

It’s been more than seventy years since, following the atrocities of World War II, the nations of the world adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Since then, multiple human rights treaties and conventions have been drafted, and most countries have ratified one or more of them—including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and treaties focused on torture, race- and sex-based discrimination, and the rights of children. Human rights organizations have proliferated at the domestic and global levels, and international institutions dedicated to the monitoring and enforcement of human rights, including commissions, special rapporteurs, and courts, are well established.

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Ralph Ranalli. 9/30/2019. “Renewing Rights and Responsibilities in the U.S.” Harvard Kennedy School .Abstract
See the HKS article on the new Carr Center Rights and Responsibilities Initiative.

Americans live in a country founded on the concept of individual rights, but human rights experts say more work still needs to be done teaching people what rights actually are, where they come from, and how their neighbors’ rights intertwine with their own.

A major new initiative from the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy will seek to bridge that gap, particularly in the area of how individual rights are inextricably linked to societal responsibility. The two-year research initiative is titled “Renewing Rights and Responsibilities in the US.”

“We want to get people to think about human rights and to remind them of their relevance,” said Mathias Risse, the Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration and faculty director of the Carr Center. “We want to remind people of the content of the American Declaration of Independence and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and to remind people of the significance of looking after every single person. That’s really the purpose of this initiative.”

See full article here. 

 

 

Seeking Research Assistant - Experiential learning methodologies for human rights and humanitarian action

September 9, 2019

In collaboration with the Centre of Competence on Humanitarian Negotiation (CCHN) and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy is looking for the support of a research fellow to undertake a review of literature and preliminary research on experiential learning methodologies in the context of human rights and humanitarian action.

This research takes place as the three organisations are developing a more systematic approach to the use of experiential models in building the capacity of graduate students and mid-career professionals in...

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Harvard Kennedy School Receives $1 Million Gift for Program to Address Renewal of Rights and Responsibilities in the United States

September 6, 2019

Media Contact:  James Smith| James_Smith@hks.harvard.edu| 617-998-1780

Cambridge, MA—Harvard Kennedy School today announced a program for the renewal of rights and responsibilities in the United States. The Renewing Rights and Responsibilities project at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy will bring together Harvard faculty, fellows, and students to examine the U.S. system of rights, and explore...

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Carr Center Prize for Human Rights PAE

May 29, 2019

The Policy Analysis Exercise (PAE) is a capstone project for Harvard Kennedy School students. During the PAE, students examine and develop solutions for a public or nonprofit sector policy or management issue presented by a client organization. 

Each year, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy selects a student PAE or SYPA that successfully addresses a critical human rights issue of our time.

On HKS Class Day 2019, the Carr...

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Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition - Carr Center reflects on Colombia

April 19, 2019

On April 12, 2019, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy hosted a discussion with former Colombian President Juan Manual Santos on the Integrated System for Truth, Justice, Reparation and Non-Repetition, created as a result of the peace accord between the Colombian government and the FARC guerrillas.

We invited leading researchers in each of the four areas of transitional justice to share their perspectives on key aspects of the 'Integrated System' of Transitional Justice. In this conversation, we sought to identify adequate measures for evaluating the...

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The ICC’s Afghanistan Decision

April 16, 2019

A Pre-Trial Chamber at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has rejected the Prosecutor’s request, filed nearly 18 months ago, to open an investigation of war crimes and crimes against humanity in Afghanistan, including of allegations that U.S. forces and the CIA committed acts of torture there.

Read (and hear) from faculty about this recent decision.

Read Alex Whiting's recent piece in Just...

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Media Advisory - The War on Voting Rights

April 11, 2019

The War on Voting Rights
Harvard Kennedy School’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy issues new report outlining current attacks on U.S. voting rights

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The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy has released a report in advance of the 2020 Presidential election outlining the various attacks on the right to vote in the U.S. The report highlights the domestic ‘war on voting rights’ and the policy shifts...

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