» Archive for: October, 2013


Protection of Civilians in Syria – the dilemma of (non-)intervention in complex conflicts

Photo credit: Freedom House

Photo credit: Freedom House

Wednesday, 4 December 2013, 14h00 – 17h30

Auditorium VU University, main building, De Boelelaan 1105, 1081 HV Amsterdam

Free entrance, but please register in advance.

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Typical representation of "Zwarte Piet"

Typical representation of “Zwarte Piet”

‘Black Pete is Racism’ (Zwarte Piet is Racisme’) – complaint with Dutch Ombudsman and European Court of Human Rights

Böhler Law Firm, Amsterdam, 24 October 2013 – Complaints with the European Court of Human Rights and the Dutch National Ombudsman have been lodged by Tomasz Kodrzycki on behalf of artists Quinsy Gario and Jerry Afriyie, the initiators of the project ‘Black Pete is Racism’ (‘Zwarte Piet is Racisme’), against their brutal arrest and violation of their right to freedom of expression during the annual Dutch Sinterklaas parade in 2011 in the city of Dordrecht.


(Reposted from the website of LAW — originally published on 04 June 2013)

Source: http://legalactionworldwide.org/bilin-vs-green-park-palestinians-seek-justice-at-the-un-against-canada/

Bil’in vs Green Park: Palestinians seek Justice at the UN against Canada

Bil’in vs Green Park: Palestinians seek Justice at the UN against Canada

Residents of Bil’in village have filed an individual complaint with the UN Human Rights Committee against Canada for its failure for its failure to prevent two Canadian corporations from engaging in human rights violations related to settlement construction in Palestine.

The Petition filed on 18th March 2013 argued that Canada has violated its extra-territorial obligation under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)  and is in breach of five separate articles due to its failure to hold two Canadian Corporations- Green Park and Green Mount International accountable for the construction and selling of confiscated Bil’in land.

“They don’t respect the international law when they [are] coming and building settlements with illegal methods in our lands,” explained Abdallah Abu Rahmah, a member of the Bil’in Popular Committee.


25thCall for applications: Human Rights Advocates Program (HRAP) 2014

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights at Columbia University is accepting applications for the 2014 HRAP.

The application is due on November 1, 2013.

The application, including instructions, is available here:

bannerThoolen NJCM – Dissertation Prize 2013

The Dutch section of the International Commission of Jurists (NJCM) invites  graduates to participate in the third NJCM Thoolen-Dissertation Prize for the best human-rights thesis on university and higher professional education level.

The winning dissertation will be published by the NJCM!

Deadline: 1 November 2013.
Send four copies of your dissertation before this date to:  NJCM Secretariat, Steenschuur 25, 2311 ES Leiden.

To be considered eligible, the dissertation must have been written in the last two academic years (2011-`12 or 2012-`13) and must have received at least a Dutch ‘8’ grade equivalency by an internationally recognized university. The submitted dissertation must be written in either Dutch or English, concern a human-rights based subject and be in a direct relation to internationally recognized human rights.

For more information and the full text of the Regulation for the Thoolen NJCM – Dissertation Prize go to: www.NJCM.nl


Seminars at the ASC

Category: Events

8 Oct 2013

Invitation – Upcoming ASC seminars


Africa Studies Centre

The Africa Studies Centre (ASC) in Leiden regularly organises seminars on a wide variety of topics relevant to Africa. For more details and registration, see their website.

Following are events planned for October, November and December.

Location: Pieter de la Court building, Faculty of Social Sciences, Wassenaarseweg 52, Leiden, a 10-minute walk from Leiden CS

You are all very welcome!

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Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

HREA is pleased to announce two fellowship opportunities in 2014 within its Children’s Rights, Child Development, Participation and Protection Program and its Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Program.

The fellows will support and strengthen two of HREA’s core thematic focus areas. This will involve developing and implementing educational programming in Portuguese.

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Amsterdam Research Center for Gender and Sexuality (ARC-GS)

Lunch Seminar

Tuesday, October 15 from 12.30 to 14.00


“The politics of sexual violence and the post-apartheid ‘pathological public sphere’”

By Prof. dr. Deborah Posel
(Professor of Sociology, University of Cape Town)

Lunch will be provided by ARC-GS.

If you would like to participate, please send an email to R.J.Davidson@uva.nl by Monday, October 7.

International Institute of Social Studies

Human Rights is a specialization within the Human Rights, Conflict and Gender Studies MA Major in Development Studies. This blog provides a platform for discussion for researchers, students and others interested in this field of studies. The blog is administered by the Human Rights teaching team.