Archive for March, 2006

New Interns for 2006-2007


Nadira Mirzalieva

My education and my professional interest are focused on the human dimension, regional security and peace building. I am rather concerned about human rights development in Asia and in Central Asia in particular, since there are many obstacles of perceiving and applying democratic and human rights values of west in to our societies that used to be comparatively conservative and traditional a certain time before. In this context, I am very interested to know more about the experience and challenges that the South Korea had in the process of Human Rights and Democracy development in the last decade.

So far, in the field of Human Rights I have done research work on social movement in Aksi region of Kyrgyzstan based on the North-South political and economic division that brought to the bloody demonstrations in March, 2002. Also, I was involved in several initiatives touching up the problem of gender inequalities and discrimination in Central Asia. One of the activities I joined was to research and present the paper on “Gender inequality in southern part of Kyrgyztan”.
Besides the few researches I have accomplished, I worked in OSCE Center in Turkmenistan as an intern in the Department of Human Rights assisting human dimension officer. By that time I was doing my Masters with the OSCE Academy in Bishkek and had an opportunity to go to Turkmenistan and work on my MA thesis: “National Mechanisms and Political Will of Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan in combating human trafficking. Comparative analysis”. In this perspective it is important to mention that I have some experience with International Organization for Migration in the field of rights of labor migrants and exploited labor workers. In the aspect of Democracy and peace building, I worked in the National NGO on preventing interethnic, political and religious conflicts in Kyrgyzstan. I recently participated in training for trainers on conflict transformation and resolution applied by Johan Galtung, Professor of Peace Studies. Within the Austrian Center for Peace and OSCE Secretariat in Vienna I joined the Mission Preparation Training/Specialization Course on Combating Human Trafficking in the OSCE area.
In brief my professional interests are democratic development and influence of western counties, social movements, and gender issues, problems of migration, “Brain Drain” and trafficking in human beings. As for my hobbies as requested in the question, I am rather fond of sports, swimming, table tennis and basketball. I enjoy reading, dancing, and hand made jewelry.

First of all, I should mention that I was interested in Korea as a country as such for or a long time. This country seemed to me to be very unique in the sense that it combines both modern and conservatives values and tolerates peace. Also, I am curious to know Korean history and culture in brief, from the theory of international relations I know that Korea had experienced reasonably hard times regarding north –south division that had a strong impact and spot on the Korean history and system of the government. Frankly stating, I have not heard about the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising before, so I can note that one of the motivations of mine to join the Gwangju International human rights internship programme is to learn the significance of this uprising for the people and history of Korea. In this respect, I am enthused to know what was the impact of social movements and struggle for democracy in Korea to overall economic, social and political development of Korea?. When I went through the information about the May 18 Memorial Foundation I was very supportive towards this idea, the idea of importance to keep the idea of this memory animate and considered.

According to my observation in Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz youth and civil society activists know very little about the human rights experience of Korea, thus there are small number of students studying in South Korea and those who gets internship opportunities and jobs. In Kyrgyzstan when people hear about programmes on human rights and democracy most of the people immediately think about US and Western Europe involvement and rarely about Asian countries, for some people this might be legitimate perceiving for some not. In this context I would like to mention that this opportunity with Gwangju International Internship program would be very helpful for young civil society activists from all over the world and Kyrgyzstan as well in terms of giving and receiving experience from each other about human rights and democratic developments.

I have several constructive expectations from this program. Personally I have personality to work with the team, feel myself as a part of unity. I believe my skills of teambuilding, tolerance towards all nationalities and various cultural, religious and political values will be very useful while working with the Solidarity Program of the General Affairs Department of the Foundation. I expect and very much believe the other three colleagues coming from different countries from all over the world will have the same intentions.
As you can observe from my CV my last working place was the Foundation for Tolerance International which is focused on peace and conflict prevention. My contract is finished with this organization and I am at the moment not involved in contemporary job, thus I am using opportunity to join the internship programme within your foundation which will be rather useful for me and for the foundation in particular I hope.

From the announcement I understood that each intern will be asked to select a research topic and present it at the end. I am thinking of several topics which I am interested to research namely in Korea of course if the they would fit into the interests of the programme and foundation. Moreover along with the researching the topics selected I would like to actively participate in lectures, seminars, discussions, fieldtrips, interviews to the places where democratization movements took place in order to have a bigger picture about the background information and use it in the paper research. Moreover, one of my objectives from the programme is to learn more about the role of the International organizations (IO) and NGOs in Korea fostering peace and freedom of human rights in Korea. What are the obstacles occurred in official level for them and how the people perceive IOs and NGOs.

During1999 – 2003 I was an undergraduate student studying the theories of International Relations, and thus I had the opportunity to focus on questions of foreign policy and diplomacy. Nevertheless, I had an overview of International and Regional Organizations (IO) and NGOs dealing with human rights issues. However, I am willing to understand in depth what are the mandates, methods and aims of the human rights organizations at the international and regional level. Moreover, I have reduced knowledge of contemporary human rights issues during the armed conflicts. Therefore, while my studies equip me with an essential background and knowledge of human rights issues, I still have areas to cover based on participation in the International Human Rights Internship Programe. My theoretical familiarity with human rights issues as drawn from my undergraduate studies would support my active participation.

Completion the Political Science Program from the OSCE Academy in Bishkek additionally supports my application for the International Human Rights Internship. The OSCE Academy modules included special courses for learning the NGOs’ and Foundations’ work with regard to human rights issues. Particular human rights, as for example, the rights of the refugees, minority rights, women and children rights constitute parts of the courses and lectures that I had the possibility to attend. In sum, at the OSCE Academy I obtained knowledge that is essential for my participation in the International Human Rights Internship and convinces me of my pro-active learning. From this point of view, the OSCE Academy strongly prepared me to benefit from the International Human Rights Internship in the area of measures taken by the international and regional organizations, with a particular focus on OSCE principles and norms on human rights protection.

My motivation to apply for internship also highly supported by my curiosity to study and research new issues your programme contains. As I so far focused on questions that are geographically pertinent to Central Asia, I have seldom come across human rights issues significant to Asia at large, or other regions. Having a global coverage, this upcoming internship experience could well enlighten my understanding of the issues that are relevant to other regions of the world, and give me the possibility to share my knowledge with other participants about questions actual to Central Asian region.

My future intention is to get involved in the workings of Regional Organizations. I am planning to build up my career with organizations that are involved in human development and security programs that are carried in developing countries. The latest trends show that Regional Organizations and NGOs are more and more employing comprehensive working techniques where issues should be tackled together, as for instance, protecting the human rights and ensuring the political stability and security of the country. Hence, here human rights issues meet political stability and security issues. International Human Rights Internship could definitely contribute towards enlightening my understanding of these interrelated fields and my preparation for to become one of those who will be able to best participate in such areas.

Amin Shah Iskandar

Amin Shah Iskandar is known as Black among the activist circa of Malaysia. Black was born July 1, 1980, in Kuala Lumpur. Black is an energetic youth and his interests spans from culturally creative activities on film, theatre, music and literature to being politically active.

Black is known as a Kuala Lumpur-based human rights activist and a singer songwriter. He is the coordinator and co-founder of University Bangsar Utama (UBU). UBU is a group of youth and student activists under the mentorship of a former 1974 student uprising leader Hishamuddin Rais, who went into exile for 20 years.

During the period of 1998-2001, known as a ‘reformasi era’, UBU was in the forefront of student and youth activism, involved in wide spectrum of issues, from protesting against the sacking of Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, anti-Mahathir authoritarianism style of leadership to being involved with an environmental anti-dam movement. Black is also very active in organizing street demonstration, involving in UBU’s political theatre group, writing feature articles for alternative publication and singing protest songs. Black is the main pillar of UBU’s free education programme for urban poor kids living in Kuala Lumpur squatter area and low cost flat housing.

In 2001, two UBU’s activists, Hishamuddin Rais and Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin, were detained without trial under Malaysian notorious act ISA. They were detained among ten other reform and pro-democracy activists. UBU was blacklisted as an illegal subversive organization by the Malaysian government. In that same year, Black initiated a Students’ Coalition Against ISA and the coalition faced a setback from government’s repression, which resulted in eight student being expelled from their universities.

Between 2004 and 2005, Black worked as an Administrator and Marketing Executive at DFX Studio, an independent film production house, producing local social awareness films and experimental videos. Realizing electoral process in Malaysia is not transparent, is corrupt, not free and fair; this year Black initiates the National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI). The initiative started when he was involved with the regional organisation, Asian Network for Free Election (ANFREL) which monitors election in various countries, including Afghanistan. Black was the assistant coordinator of the mission.

During the past five years, I have gained valuable experience in various types of human rights activism, a range of fusion in cultural and direct politics. I have consistently got involve with local human rights campaign under the banner of Abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA) Movement, where the ISA allowed for detention without trial. I am also involved with the regional election monitoring group, Asian Network for Free Election (ANFREL).

I am currently in the process of organizing a local election monitoring group, called the National Institute for Electoral Integrity (NIEI). The project for NIEI is to promote voters education, producing pamphlets on the right to choose the kind of leader to be elected. While my current activity in Malaysia has been invaluable to my human rights vision in Malaysia, your intern program will beneficial to the NGO movement in Malaysia. It provides an opportunity for me to combine my continuing education on human rights with practical experience of South Korea presence situation and history. My gained experience will be beneficial to my political activism in Malaysia.

In the past, I have participated in Gwangju Biennale 2002 with my former cultural political group, University Bangsar Utama (UBU).Gwangju Biennale was instrumental in enhancing my artistic politico capabilities and the cultural environment reflected a strong sense of pride and universality. Since these are the same political ethics that I strive for personally, I can think of no better learning environment than by joining an organization such as yours.

Expectations, objectives, and interests on the human rights internship program

My fascination with South Korea begun when University Bangsar Utama (UBU), a cultural-political youth and student group was invited to Gwangju Biennale 2002. At that time UBU was part of the Artist Pro-Active (APA), an informal political-cultural forum for artists, musicians, film makers and literary activists in Malaysia. After the arrest of ten reform and pro-democracy activists in April 2001, APA played a role as a support group for detainees and their families. APA organized cultural events such as theatre show and arts exhibition to raised fund for the Anti-ISA coalition.

The trip to Gwangju Biennale exposed me to “images of dissent” as stated by an intriguing essay written by Frank Hoffmann about transformation of Korean Minjung art in HARVARD ASIA PACIFIC REVIEW, vol. 1, no. 2 (Summer 1997): 44-49. “Minjung art first appeared in 1980, just after the Kwangju Massacre. Never before in the Peninsula’s history, or perhaps anywhere else for that matter has art played such a prominent role in a nation’s drive to democratization. This was precisely why the intellectual establishment attempted to counter its influence by declaring Minjung art a non-art—subliminal propaganda devoid of aesthetic quality. Castigated by mainstream scholarship and media (state endorsed or controlled) and ignored by associated art journals and galleries until the democratic countdown began in 1987, Minjung art nonetheless developed into a highly influential and evocative force”. Wrote Hoffmann, Koreanist and art historian currently engaged in dissertation research on colonial Korean painting.

The theme of the fourth Gwangju Biennale, P_A_U_S_E, focuses primarily on a moment of critical reflection and dynamic change on the global art scene. And that made me to rethink about the role of art in Malaysian human rights activism and democratization process. Arts were never taught as a vital element of change in the Malaysian political scene. Its capacity and capabilities to transmit the language of change is underestimated, and always received a cynical skeptic views even among the human right activist themselves.

Learning from the Gwanju experience

Very unfortunately, I was in Gwangju for just two weeks and I was attending as many forum and exhibition as I could. But time and money was very much a limiting factor and I could not explore in depth the South Korean art and political scene or of the Gwangju scene for that matter. Gwangju, as the country’s “cultural capital,” could not be easily explored in just a week or two. When I visited 18 May Liberty Park I was surprised and admired the sacrifice and highly bloody price for freedom that was paid by the South Korea activists. And I am more surprised with the preservation of the event as a memorial of the uprising and the fact that May 18 is now declared a national holiday. This scenario has yet to happen in my country.

Combining cultural creativity with politics

I think art whether it is for political radicalism or art for arts’ sake, cultural creativity in South Korea has moved far ahead of us in Malaysia. Korean culture comprises an accumulation of knowledge, experience, technique and strategy. Knowledge comprising about role of the public sphere, civil society, constitutional and institutional pillar of Korean democracy, history of resistance, use of technology are among the hundreds of subject that I really desire to learn from the Koreans.

Malaysia despite its sophisticated, advanced infrastructure and wealthy resources has left behind the soul for freedom and democracy, an occupied mind of typical third world countries. That is why I am very keen to participate in May 18 Memorial Foundation international internship program. It has always been my dream to give honorary respect to the May 18 tragedy and their martyrdom. Gwangju uprising was consider a vital subject of study during my student activism day. This tragic incident of history was one of my key spirits to keep on living and to continue struggle for human rights and democracy in Malaysia and all over the world.

Develop networking for activism

Reading the brochure on the May 18 Memorial Foundation International Solidarity Program inspired me to apply for the internship. All the foci and aims describe in the brochures are similar with my intentions and interests. I would love to be attached to a political cultural group and learning and sharing experiences. In return, we in Malaysia also would love to have exchange programs to establish a two-way relationship. I hope to receive new knowledge that will be very useful in the struggle for democratization and resistance against an oppressive regime in Malaysia.

I would also like to expand my social, political and cultural circle. At the same time, in this age of information technology and globalization, I want to establish solidarity and networking mechanism not only with Korean political cultural activist but all participants of the program.

With this, I sincerely hope that I will be given the chance to engage with Korean activists to discuss challenges and approaches of youth activism in a globalizing world. The internship will also give me opportunity to share my experiences with activists in Korea.

Madhav Prasad Gautam

The National Human Rights Commission of Nepal was established in 2000 as an independent and autonomous institution under the Paris Principles to work for the protection and promotion of human rights.

I joined the Commission in 2002 as a protection Officer. As an Officer of the NHRC, I have utilized my knowledge, skills and experiences in the protection and promotional activities of the commission including complaints handling, human rights monitoring, and human rights education.

My three and a half years experience in this Commission made me familiar with NHRC’s power on investigating complaints, power on public inquiries and suo-moto, intervening in legal proceedings etc. With its fundamental power to recommend, refer, make enforceable order, publishing decisions etc. Similarly, I have been familiar with the report writing skills under the treaty monitoring bodies of UN on international instruments of human rights.

After joining the commission, I had been involved in various activities including complaints handling, Human Rights Monitoring and investigation; preparation of Annual Reports and other publications; and facilitation of training and workshops. My day to day work of complaint handling is my first choice sincce I meet lots of people and do counseling to the victims of conflicting parties ( Maoist Rebels and government troops). I was team leader of the various human rights probe team at Bara; Chitwan, Dang, Sindhuli, Dhanusha, Rauthat, Navalparasi, Sarlahi, Mahotari, Kailali, Kathmandu, Bhaktpur, Lalitpur where there are incidences of unawful and mass killings by conflicting parties. During my field visit I discuss with security forces, civil society, rebels, victim family and other concern people.

Since the last three and half year of my career in human rights commission I had investigated more than 50 different cases and monitored more than 45 conflict affected districts. I am monitoring more than 100 detention centers including army barracks and also, I monitor demonstrations of political parties.

During my missions I had interaction with rebels for the protection of civilian especially children. I had some experiences of successful mediation between jail authority and prisons. I have been resource person of various trainings on human rights including human rights monitoring training for volunteers, human rights and humanitarian law for security personals, human rights investigation for human rights defenders, and child rights monitoring training for concern non-governmental organization people.

Attending various national and international human rights trainings and workshops including civilian aspects of crises management, 18-29 may 2003, Mortein in Marsh U.K, Training Workshop on Enforcement of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights with reference to the Peace Process in Nepal, June 28-29,2003, Conflict Transformation by Peaceful Means Conducted by Transcend and GTZ; Workshop on the Role of NHRC in the Conflict Situation jointly organized by OHCHR &NHRC. workshop on NHRI’s and internally displaced person, Srilanka 26-28 Sept 2005. Besides this I had trained from different institutions about human rights and international humanitarian law.

Beside serving the Commission, I also plan to be engaged in the academics writings and teachings on different aspects of human rights. Moreover, I also plan to work as an expert for the academic institutions; this would help create an opportunity to develop expertise in human rights within Nepal where there is very little such expertise. Moreover I would also like to be active and involved in the advocacy of human rights and democracy in the country. My hobby is to read newspapers and journals and traveling new places and meet different people.

Statement of Purpose

At present Nepal is in a critical situation due to the ongoing-armed conflict between the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), which began in 1996. The conflict has already claimed the lives of over 13,000 people and has resulted in massive human rights violations throughout the country. Unless the conflict is tackled and violence is brought to a halt, the basic human rights of the Nepalese people will continue to be in jeopardy So at present what Nepal need is human rights professional who can effectively address the human rights issues of Nepal. So in this Scenario my application for the Gwjngju International Internship Program is relevant.

The further knowledge in human rights would definitely be of a great advantage for me to excel in my professional career. It would provide me with an opportunity to groom myself in this field and work constantly for the cause of human rights in Nepal. Moreover it would also provide me with an insight on the trends of changing international scenarios and its effect on the human rights. Besides this, exposure to the international organizations would also help me know about the working procedures of the developed countries in the field of human rights that would be added assets in my professional career.

Also, I intend to learn from a diverse cultural experience like Korea which would lead to the understandinf of their values, norms and practices. The use of latest concepts and self-motivating education is another area of education I am interested to learn. Moreover, I am also interested in experiencing the aspects of cultural differences in Korea and Nepal. This will provide me with an opportunity to learn about the differences in the societies and communities. This will also be a tremendous opportunity for me to reach out to the Koreans.

I am a permanent staff of the commission. So, I am bound to serve for at least 3 years in the commission after returning from my further internship. Upon my return, I will focus on the emerging human rights issues and provide policy advice to the Commission to effectively implement its mandate of promoting of human rights.

Besides, serving the Commission, I also plan to be engaged in academic writings and teachings of human rights. Moreover, I also plan to work as an expert for the academic institutions; this would help create the development of human rights law in Nepal where there is very little such expertise. Moreover I will also be actively involved in the advocacy of human rights and democracy in my country.

Last but not the least; it will also give me an opportunity to gain knowledge of human rights from your country and those abroad.


The International Internship Programme on Human Rights

The International Internship Programme will strive to contribute to the development of democracy and human rights throughout Asia by recruiting four interns from all over the world, who have been working for human rights and peace organizations in their own countries, and by giving them a chance to learn about and experience the history and process of the development of human rights and democracy in South Korea. Specifically the purpose and aim of the program are the following:

a. To improve International Solidarity
b. To promote Gwangju as Asia’s Hub for Human Rights Movement

Activities of the International Internship Programme 2006

The International Internship Program will introduce the interns to Korean history in general and in particular to the movements and struggle for democracy, including the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising. Both theoretical learning and practical experiences such as lectures, seminars, discussions, interviews and fieldtrips to the sites of democratization movements in Korea will be utilized.

The International Internship Programme will also require its interns to submit reports concerning the human rights situation in their home countries, as well as on the interns own experiences and work. These reports will be included in the “Reports on Human Rights of the Year” as a part of the rapidly expanding database for use by various human rights organizations inside and outside the Republic of Korea.

The interns will be assigned to the International Cooperation Team. They are expected to work as regular staff attending to day-to-day office business. The interns will help the preparatory work and implementation of different events; make presentations to schools when invited; and perform other tasks the Department will assign them to undertake.

Each intern will be asked to select a research topic, conduct the relevant research, and deliver a presentation at the end of their internship program.

For more information regarding the internship program please visit this link

The May 18 Memorial Foundation Revs up International Solidarity Program

Recognizing the magnitude of globalization and the overarching influence of information and communications technology, international solidarity gets highlighted as response to these global phenomena. International solidarity is one of the core tasks identified by The May 18 Memorial Foundation. It envisions an international solidarity with other countries and organizations based on common goals and mutual interests of promoting the spirit of May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising; advocating for human rights; and protecting the gains of peace and democracy.

The International Solidarity Program focuses on partnership, participation, exchange and networking with civil society groups of Asia and the rest of the world. Particularly it will conduct: 1) regular exchange of experience and expertise with government, human rights institutions, democracy, peace and other civil society groups in Asia; 2) establish a proactive mechanism for collective action and coordination (education, campaign, and programs for social dialogues and action and address equity issues like gender equality and equal participation); 3) conduct activities and hosts forums that introduces international issues and participate in international conferences and gatherings abroad; 4) build bridges of communications among the civil society of Asia and the rest of the globe through the internet and publication of journals, newsletters, brochures and books both in Korean and English; and 5) facilitate the exchange of experiences and technology (expertise, know-how and human resources) that goes beyond simple financial support.

Since 2000, the foundation has been awarding the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights, sending its volunteers abroad for internship, providing support for non-government organizations, conducting the Gwangju International Peace Camps, and introducing Korean Democracy especially to Korean youth born abroad.

In 2005, the foundation added new activities such as the International Internship Program on Human Rights, where human rights activist are invited to learn the history and experience of Korean democratization and help promote International Solidarity; Asian Partners Study Visit and Exchange, committee members and officers of the foundation visit and learn from its partner organizations; and the Gwangju Forum for Asian Human Rights, that endeavors to dialogue and forge solidarity between and among public officials of National Human Rights institutions, human rights activists of Non-government Organizations (NGOs), academe and other civil society groups.

For this year, these activities will be continued, according to General Affairs Director Chanho Kim. He believes that through The May 18 – International Solidarity Program the spirit of May 18 will be promoted and Gwangju’s role and contribution to international peace, human rights and democracy will be highlighted. He invites individuals, journalists, civil society groups and organizations to join and support the foundation in commemorating and celebrating these programs and activities. Mr. Kim added that detailed information about these activities can be downloaded from the English section of their website at

May 18 Memorial Foundation

The May 18 Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization established on August 30, 1994. It was organized by surviving victims of the 1980 Gwangju Democratic Uprising, the victims’ families, and the citizens of Gwangju. The Foundation aims to commemorate and continue the spirit of struggle and solidarity of the May 18 Uprising, contribute to the peaceful reunification of Korea, and work towards peace and human rights throughout the world. Since its establishment, the Foundation has carried out numerous projects in varying fields, including organizing memorial events, establishing scholarships, fostering research, disseminating public information, publishing relevant materials, dispensing charity and welfare benefits, building international solidarity, and awarding the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights.

The Foundation gets funding from Gwangju citizens, sympathetic overseas Koreans, and from individuals who made sacrifice in the uprising and got indemnification from the government. It is being sustained by people who believe it’s important to keep the ideas and memories of the 1980 May 18 Gwangju Democratic Uprising alive and remembered.

Please visit this site for more information Korean version –
An English version is available at this link –

Message from the President

Glad to see you, Ladies and Gentlemen who love the month, May.
The value and the meaning of the May 18 Democratic Uprising has been taking a important position due to your interest and expectation. May 18 Memorial Foundation and all families related to May would like to appreciate everybody.

We will have 10th anniversary in the coming Aug. this year(2004), which means the valuable moment of Foundation. We will make an effort to proceed our memorial project well. May 18 has been changed from violent riot to Gwangju uprising, and then to Gwangju Democratic Uprising. Therefore, we are at the critical turning point.

The reason for the standout of May 18 when Korean democracy faces the hard time makes us think of once more. Because it was the lofty democratic uprising to take the human being’s general worth such as human rights, democracy, and unification.

We have an historical mission of commemorating and succeeding the May 18 Democratic Uprising. Nationwide and worldwide effort based on harmonized organization should be continued. It is true we have achieved 5th compensation for national meritorious people, a meaningful result, although it has been 10 years and suffering from difficulties since last ’94. It is because of many people who have been leading the foundation from the beginning.

I would like to give my thank and respect to all people to have been struggling and striving, and to follow their track for making the foundation stand at first throughout the world.

May 18 is not only for Gwangju citizen commemorating it, but for every Korean. It would be a main role to bring the unification. It is the time for everybody to be with May 18.

Please give me many concern and support, which spur me on everybody’s wishes.

source :

2006-2007 Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellowship Program

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
2006-2007 Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellowship Program

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy is located in the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Founded in 1999, the Carr Center is a research, teaching and training program that critically examines the policies and actions of governments, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and other actors that affect the realization of human rights around the world. Our research, teaching and writing are guided by a commitment to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in the United States and throughout the world. Since its founding, the Center has developed a unique focus of expertise on the most dangerous and intractable human rights challenges of the new century, including genocide, mass atrocity, state failure and the ethics and politics of military intervention.

The Carr Center is led by Director Sarah Sewall, whose recent work focuses on the civilian in war and includes facilitating a dialogue between the military and human rights communities on the use of force. The talented group of faculty and staff comprising the Carr Center also includes Center founder and current faculty affiliate Samantha Power, whose Pulitzer-prize winning book, A Problem From Hell: America in the Age of Genocide, marked the culmination of the Carr Center 뭩 extensive research project on U.S. policy responses to genocide in the 20th century.

As an independent research center, the Center seeks to offer a forum in which diverse views about human rights can be considered. The Center seeks to bring new voices to the table, thereby extending and deepening the human rights dialogue. The Carr Center ‘s location in a school of public policy allows it to draw upon a range of disciplines and the case-based analytic approach for which the Kennedy School is known. For more information on the Carr Center , please visit

The Fellows Programs

The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Fellows Programs bring together a diverse group of human rights practitioners, scholars and activists to conduct research on human rights policy, contribute to the Center’s programs, and participate in broader dialogue with students, faculty and researchers in the Harvard community. In 2006-2007, the Carr Center will offer two separate fellowship types: The Carr Center Fellowships for Academics and Scholars (non-stipendiary) and the Carr Center Fellowships for Activists and Practitioners (stipendiary). The eligibility requirements and application procedures differ. Please see our website,, for application information and details. Although we encourage applicants with a broad range of interests, we will also be forming a subset of fellows whose thematic focus is on children on the cusp between victims and actors, such as participation in armed conflict, trafficking, and terrorist acts.



Each year, the Center seeks a mix of fellows with different backgrounds and experiences. In particular, we seek to have a fellowship program engaging human rights activists and practitioners. Only human rights activists and practitioners working in developing nations are eligible for this fellowship.
Because we seek to draw applicants with a diversity of professional and human rights experiences, the Center will use no single criteria to measure eligibility. We do expect that successful activist/practitioner applicants will:

  • currently live in a developing nation and work on human rights issues
  • have at least 5 years of experience in human rights work or of professional experience in a relevant area (public policy, journalism, business, law, military, economic development, etc.)
  • have an interest in examining and reflecting upon this experience
    The Carr Center encourages applications from women, minorities, and citizens of any developing country. Fellows must be able to read, write and speak English fluently.


At the Center, fellows will have an opportunity to advance their own professional development by completing works in progress, bridging into new fields or disciplines, and interacting with a community of leading human rights scholars and activists. The networks and contacts developed at the Center often serve as a valuable resource when fellows return home.

Fellows are expected to spend the entire fellowship period in residence at the Center and should have no other significant professional commitments during this time. They are expected to attend all Center fellows colloquia and programs. Activist and practitioner fellows are expected to contribute to the Carr Center and Kennedy School of Government communities throughout their fellowship. More specifically, they may give seminars and lectures on particular topics in human rights about which they have first hand knowledge and/or explore issues and questions raised in their work through discussion and study. They will be expected to present some completed project (policy paper, briefing, etc.) over the course of the fellowship period.


The Center뭩 Activist/Practitioner fellowship program provides a stipend of $31,000 for the fellow to use for living expenses in Cambridge . Health insurance and benefits will be provided for the fellow (coverage for dependents can be purchased for an additional cost). While the Center will provide guidance in the fellow뭩 housing search, housing costs must be paid out of the $31,000 stipend. Activist/Practitioner fellows are also provided with office space, computers with LAN and Internet connections, and access to Harvard University libraries and other facilities.

Application Procedure for Activists/Practitioners

Each applicant should submit in hard copy:

  • 1. A curriculum vitae.
  • 2. A 3- to 5- page double-spaced statement that outlines a major research project to be completed during the fellowship and describes its relevance to the Carr research agenda. While the Center welcomes project proposals on any human rights-related topic, we have a particular interest in proposals on topics related to ongoing research at the Center including: the cusp between victims and actors (such as children in armed conflict, terrorism, and trafficking), the use of force and human rights, nationbuilding, terrorism and human rights, genocide prevention, rights based approaches to humanitarian aid, and capacity development among human rights non-governmental organizations. The statement should explain how the project will add to the body of knowledge about human rights policy, outline your qualifications to complete this research, and describe the methods you will use to carry out the project. Please put your name on each page of the statement, entitle it 밃cademic/Scholar Fellowship Application Statement.?/font>
    Materials submitted will not be returned to the applicant. Please provide three hard copies of the application.

Completed applications must be received at the Carr Center in hard copy by 5:00pm on March 31, 2006. If mailing the application poses a hardship, applicants should email and request permission to submit an application electronically. Applicants bear full responsibility for ensuring that all materials are received by the due date and will not be notified of incomplete applications. The Center will contact finalists regarding submission of supplemental documentation, which will include two letters of reference. Decisions will be announced by April 30, 2006. Resident fellowships will begin September 1, 2006 and end on June 30, 2007.

Contact Information
Eleanor Benkő
Telephone: (617) 496-0351
Mailing Address:
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge , MA 02138

No Internet Censorship in Pakistan

(Note: e blogging this petition by Pakistani Bloggers. By all means Rigt to expressions should be supported. Free the Bloggers Now!)

Support their Petition click or cut and paste link:

As the situation stands Pakistan internet exchange has blocked access to websites hosted by the largest and most famous weblog host The ban was first noticed by internet circles on the 27th of February 2006 and continues to be in effect till the filing of this petition on 7th march 2006. Almost all major internet service providers have been asked by the Govt. of Pakistan to observe this ban.

This ban has caused denial of access to more than a million weblogs hosted by blogger and citizens of Pakistan can no longer use the services of this web host.

The concerned authoritites are maintaining a tight lip over the issue. No official statement has been issued so far. The magnitude of this step taken by the authorities in the Pakistan internet exchange is not being realized. The only unofficial reason being sighted in their correspondence is that a few weblogs hosted by this host contain blasphemous caricatures of The Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

This in no way means that the rest of the million websites which contain no such offensive material rather most of them critisice these caricatures be blocked in order to prevent access to these few almost negligible number of unknown weblogs.

We, the Pakistani bloggers, stand by the Muslim ummah in condemning defamation of holy figures sacred to any world religion. But we feel that this condemnation should not cost us our right to free and unbiased access to information avenues. We also feel that certain values of common decency should at all times be observed by all human beings. This will ensure a fruitful and comprehensive dialogue between people from different backgrounds but a common, secure and prosperous future.

Weblogs form an integral part of cyberspace today. No talk of internet is complete without mentioning the due importance of weblogs. These weblogs have helped shape the cyber culture of the globe into a more humane and unmachenized entity. More often than not weblogs act as avenues of discussion and thought for the people belonging to different cultures. This exchange of ideas helps to promote feelings of love and harmony, thus discouraging hatred and prejudice.

Pakistani bloggers are an integral part of this weblogging community. They are the representatives and flag bearers of their national values and cultural thought. What they write on their weblogs helps build stronger bonds of understanding with the rest of the world.

Pakistani bloggers have never disappointed the world. Be it the deep monstrous waters of tsunami of 2004 or the deadly shocks of the South Asian earthquake of 2005. They have always stepped forward and gone beyond to fetch help and disseminate useful information. They are willing and ready to keep up this good work only if they are allowed to do so. Barring access of general public to a million websites of innocent and useful information is an infringement of human rights. We surely do not want to enact a cyber culture that is biased and far removed from reality of the world. This will only promote fundamentalism and extremist thoughts in the young intellectuals of the future.

Moreover we can only help continue our struggle of condemnation of any derogatory assaults on the holy figures of the world religions if we are allowed to voice our thoughts on the weblogs. Certainly no one wants to miss on this opportunity given a fair opportunity.

We therefore want a more comprehensive approach over internet censorship whereby a large number of innocent citizens are not affected. We want restored access to blogger domain in full as was possible before 27th February 2006. We want to the concerned authorities to take preventive steps so that in future such blunders are not committed. We ask for the support of the international community in helping us raise our civilized and reasonable voice over this issue of blatant censorship disregarding all values of decorum.

Created by moiz khan on March 6th, 2006 at 5:15 am AST

Top Clicks

  • None

Blog Stats

  • 19,415 hits
March 2006
« Feb   Apr »

518 Gwangju Asian Human Rights Folk School