All posts tagged: human rights

Children with disabilities denied access to equal education

Photo by Sophie Giffard, taken with permission Megan Cowley, a recent graduate of the Understanding and Securing Human Rights master’s degree offered by the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, was awarded the 2016 Albie Sachs Prize for best dissertation. She describes her research conducted in a rural district in Nepal, which she used as a case study […]

Eritrea, the ultimate garrison state

Hopes were high in May 1991 when the Eritrean People’s Liberation Front (EPLF) captured the Eritrean capital, Asmara, and helped the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) overthrow Mengistu Haile Mariam, the Ethiopian military dictator. It was thought that the movement which had been fighting for decades for independence would usher in an era of peace, […]

Dr Ambedkar: a visionary for human rights

In an unassuming street in London’s posh Primrose Hill, there is a buzz about a particular house that was purchased last September by India’s state government of Maharashtra, and opened as a museum and learning centre by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Its blue plaque reads: ‘Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar, 1891-1956, Indian Crusader for Social Justice, […]

Amnesties, transitional justice and split personalities

Abe Ncube has just completed the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights degree offered by SAS’s Institute of Commonwealth Studies (ICWS) for which he was awarded the Albie Sachs Prize for best dissertation. He explains how he used Zimbabwe as a case study to explore the question ‘Do amnesties undermine human rights?’ by looking […]

#PotW: 20th Anniversary of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights, 6 Nov

The MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights was established in 1995 in collaboration with staff at Amnesty International.  The original aim of the programme was to provide formalised training for human rights professionals.  It uniquely combined an interdisciplinary critical study of human rights with a focus on the skills for securing human rights in […]

Fracking: an expert witness’ observations of the Lancashire hearings

As director of the Human Rights Consortium’s Extreme Energy Initiative, earlier this year Dr Damien short was asked by local resident’s groups to provide expert testimony to the Lancashire County Council Development Control Committee (DCC) on the human rights impacts of fracking – the controversial unconventional gas extraction technique. I have been studying the social […]

Master’s students’ SOUPed-up route to human rights dissertations

Soup. It’s had a bad name lately. With the growth of soup kitchens and food banks, there are negative connotations. But the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) at the School of Advanced Study (SAS), University of London, has taken an innovative Detroit idea, originally conceived to drive urban regeneration, and turned it into a welcome dissertation […]