SEcurity of defenders

Navigating Risk, Managing Security and Receiving Support: A Study of Human Rights Defenders in Colombia, Mexico, Kenya, Egypt and Indonesia

Principal Investigator: Alice Nah

This project is part of a broader multi-year international research study entitled 'Strengthening the Security of Human Rights Defenders at Risk: An Analysis of Security Management Practices and Civil Society Networks of Protection' which analyses the security management practices of human rights defenders at risk, and examines how these practices intersect with protection initiatives conducted on their behalf by civil society networks.

The intended outcome of this larger study is to enable human rights defenders at risk as well as their supporters (such as civil society practitioners, policymakers, intergovernmental officials, and donors) to use this knowledge and understanding in ways that strengthen the overall security of human rights defenders at risk in different contexts around the world.

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law of asylum

The law of asylum in the Middle East and Asia: Developing legal engagement at the frontiers of the international refugee regime

Principal Investigator: Martin Jones

Working with four leading providers of legal aid to refugees in Egypt, India, Malaysia and Hong Kong, the project will evaluate the experiences of refugees, lawyers and legal aid organisations in using innovative legal arguments and frameworks to protect refugees. The project will support the mapping of the relevant local legal frameworks through doctrinal legal analysis, interviews and workshops with legal experts, and discussion with refugee community leaders. The project will provide funding to local lawyers to pursue legal advocacy for the rights of refugees drawing on a range of innovative sources of law, including other international treaties, local constitutional law, various local legislative provisions, local jurisprudence, and common-law principles. It will collect detailed stories about 120 of these legal encounters; these stories will be documented over time, using a range of material, and from multiple points of view. Forty of the stories will be turned in to multi-media, digital stories for further online discussion and advocacy.

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