AHRI issues Utrecht Declaration on Academic Freedom

Monday 19 September 2016
The Association of Human Rights Institutes (AHRI) issued a declaration on academic freedom on 3rd of September in response to "the actions and threats of actions of an increasing number of States to restrain and even foreclose academic freedom". Utrecht Declaration on Academic Freedom was adopted by the AHRI General Assembly during its annual conference in Utrecht. The translations of the Declaration into the six official UN languages will be available soon on AHRI’s website:

Call for Papers: Corporate Power and Human Rights Researchers Workshops

Monday 8 June 2015
There is ample reportage to evidence the negative effects business activity of all types can have on the provision of human rights.  Equally, there can be little doubt economic development, usually driven through business activity and trade, is necessary for any state to provide the institutions and infrastructure necessary to secure and provide human rights for their citizens.

Director of Refugee Law Initiative quoted on the rise of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence

Monday 22 December 2014
Dr David Cantor, Director of the Refugee Law Initiative , has been quoted extensively in Thousands flee violence in Latin America , an article in the humanitarian and international affairs magazine, Perspective. Using evidence gathered from his research on the protection of refugees and other displaced persons, Dr Cantor said the massive spike in unaccompanied minors entering the US, is the ‘tip of the iceberg of a new humanitarian crisis in the region’.

Dr Julian Burger, Lecturer for MA in Human Rights, awarded prize for best policy-relevant article

Thursday 18 December 2014
The Human Rights Consortium is delighted to announce that Dr Julian Burger has been awarded the third annual Peter Lyon Memorial Prize. Dr Burger has been awarded the prize for his article, ‘Indigenous Peoples in Commonwealth Countries: the Legacy of the Past and Present-Day Struggles for Self-Determination’ , published in The Round Table, volume 102, issue 4 (August 2013).

Fracking is driving UK civil and political rights violations

Friday 31 October 2014
Extreme energy in the UK is arousing extreme reactions, write Jess Elliot & Damien Short. On the one side stand citizens committed to preserving the quality of the local and global environment. And against them, a government determined to let fracking rip, and police forces prepared to ignore legal norms to suppress the growing popular resistance. Read the full article on The Ecologist .

A Human Rights Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing and Other Unconventional Gas Development in the United Kingdom

Thursday 30 October 2014
Bianca Jagger, Founder and Chair of The Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation (BJHRF), has released a report on 'A Human Rights Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing and Other Unconventional Gas Development in the United Kingdom' . It calls on the UK government to investigate the human rights impact of fracking before authorising any exploratory or extractive fracking operations. The report recommends a moratorium on all fracking operations until a transparent, independent and publically funded Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) has been undertaken and placed in the public domain.

Can Ecocide Be Equated With Genocide?

Wednesday 22 October 2014
A new campaign called ‘End Ecocide on Earth’ aims to equate ecocide with genocide. Dr. Damien Short, Director of the Human Rights Consortium (HRC), Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Study in the University of London, and Prisca Merz, a London-based analyst and the initiator of the 'End Ecocide in Europe' discuss this issue. Listen to the full  interview .