New Working Paper Released

'Making the Territory: The Spatial Politics of Peasant Communities

Sylvain Lefebre's paper looks the spatial politics of peasant communities in Colombia, which he frames as key to accounting for the success of peasant communities in protecting their territory, claiming their rights and growing as a community. His paper looks in detail at how the strategies used by the peasant communities incorporate both protection and peace building into the daily lives of the communities, as well as the nuanced forms that their resistance takes.

New working paper published

The latest paper in the HRD Hub's working paper series has been published - Defenders Across Borders: Congolese HRDs in Uganda's Refugee Regime.  The paper is by Dr Katie McQuaid, an anthropologist currently working as a research fellow at the University of Leeds.  Her research focuses on gender and sexuality, violence, climate change, intergenerationality and human rights in urban Uganda.  

Transitional Justice Barometer

A recent collaboration between the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the University of York, Impunity Watch and the Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center (KADEM), produced a policy brief which summarises the recommendations of a number of studies in Tunisia to offer a compact guide to stakeholders seeking to apply the lessons on transitional justice.

More information on the project and the policy brief can be found at

Knowledge Platform - Security & Rule of Law

Temporary International Relocation Initiatives

Martin Jones and Sanna Eriksson co-hosted a UN Human Rights Council side event on temporary relocation in Geneva on 1 March 2017.  The co-organisers were the Dutch, Georgian, Costa Rican and Swiss permanent missions to the UN, and the Dutch NGO Justice and Peace.  The panellists included the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of HRDs Michel Forst, Mr Kees van Bar the Dutch Human Rights Ambassador, Joe Moses (HRD from Papua New Guinea), Memory Bandera (DefendDefenders), and Alexia Falisse (Justice and Peace).

This was followed on 2 March CAHR with a workshop on temporary relocation to build upon our work with the UN special rapporteur on HRDs and CAHR’s extensive experience in running the Protective Fellowship Scheme for HRDs at risk.  The day was spent discussing issues affecting temporary relocation programmes, ranging from questions around access to relocation schemes to issues surrounding return after relocation. Participants in the workshop included relocation providers such as ICORN, Justice and Peace, Pan-African Human Rights Defender Network, Forum-Asia and Frontline Defenders.