Daily Archives: Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Publications on Minority Rights; Refugee Health Care; Anti Slavery Leaflets; and Africa

Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya

Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya

Challenges at the intersection of gender and ethnic identity in Kenya
By Laura A. Young for the Minority Rights Group.

Minority and indigenous women in Kenya are discriminated against on multiple levels; they are targeted because of their identification with a minority or indigenous group, and as women – both by cultural practices within their own community and because of gender discrimination more

This report examines the challenges and the new opportunities that have emerged with the passing of the new Constitution in 2010. The goal of the report is to reflect the voices and experiences of women from diverse minority and indigenous communities in Kenya.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Minority Rights Group International)

Know your rights:  a community guide to the UN Declaration on Minorities
By the Minority Rights Group.

The year 2012 marks the 20th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities . It was unanimously adopted by the UN General Assembly on 18 December 1992 and is the primary UN document dedicated to the rights of minorities.

Minorities throughout the world have benefited from the adoption of the Declaration as the international community recognized and codified their rights, and national governments took action to protect these rights. But there is still a long way to go in order to fully implement this historic Declaration.

[Download Full Report]
(Source: Minority Rights Group International)

Reading List: Refugee Health Care.
Updated Version.
Produced by The King’s Fund.
[Download Full Report]
(Source: Network e-Bulletin)

Anti-Slavery leaflets.
Produced by Anti-Slavery International.

“The Anti-Slavery campaign in London has created a postcard sized leaflet to hand out to migrant workers, available in a range of languages. The postcard will make workers aware of their legal rights and spell out indicators of forced labour including having identity documents confiscated, being placed under constant control, being misled over working conditions, being forced to work against their will or working below the minimum wage or without pay.”

The leaflets are available to download as pdfs in: English; Bulgarian; Czech; Chinese; VietnameseSlovak; PortuguesePolish; Romanian; and Spanish.

(Source: Network e-Bulletin)

Publications on Africa, (Details of these new publications were originally circulated by Elisa Mason on the incredibly useful: Forced Migration Current Awareness Blog.  Further details can be found on the website at:  http://fm-cab.blogspot.co.uk/) :

The Adoption and Ratification of the African Union’s Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa: An Analysis of the Discourse of States and the International Humanitarian Aid Community (University of the Witwatersrand, Feb. 2011) [text]

Kenya: Don’t Force 55,000 Refugees into Camps (Human Rights Watch, Jan. 2013) [text]

Kenya: Somali Refugees under Threat (Refugees International Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Mali’s Conflict Refugees: Responding to a Growing Crisis, Briefing Paper, no. 167 (Oxfam, Jan. 2013) [text via ReliefWeb]

Prepare for Displacement Crisis in Mali (Refugees International Blog, Jan. 2013) [text]

Conflict and intervention in Mali: the humanitarian consequences

Conflict and intervention in Mali: the humanitarian consequences

14:00 – 16:00 11 February 2013 (GMT+00)
Overseas Development Institute and streamed live online

This panel event is scheduled to assess the humanitarian consequences of conflict and intervention in Mali and will feature speakers with specialisms on different aspects of the crisis.

Although frequently portrayed as a development success story, Mali has been beset by instability following a military coup, the re-emergence of Tuareg secessionists, a proliferation of Islamist-armed factions – and the influx of arms and fighters from Libya following the downfall of Colonel Gaddafi.

The consequences of the recent intervention by Mali’s former colonial power, France and the deployment of troops from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) will also be discussed.

It is estimated that 700,000 Malians will be forced to flee in the next few months presenting humanitarian organisations with a range of needs arising from displacement and food insecurity – both within Mali and regionally. In addition, humanitarian organisations will have to negotiate the difficult terrain of counter terrorism legislation that could affect the provision of humanitarian assistance in areas held by terrorist groups.

Follow #HPGMali on Twitter for live coverage.


David Gressly – United Nations Regional Humanitarian Coordinator for Sahel

Jeremy Swift – Mali analyst and specialist in pastoral issues

Bruce Whitehouse – Professor of anthropology and author of Bridges from Bamako

Counter-terrorism analyst (TBC)


Andrew Norton – Director of Research, Overseas Development Institute


Sara Pantuliano – Head of HPG

Call for Papers: Mixing Matters: Critical Intersectionalities An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium on Critical Mixed Race Studies 18 May 2013, University of Leeds

Mixing Matters: Critical Intersectionalities An Interdisciplinary Postgraduate Symposium on Critical Mixed Race Studies

18 May 2013, University of Leeds

The Centre for Ethnicity and Racism Studies (CERS) at the University of Leeds invites postgraduate research students to participate in a one-day symposium which will be held on 18 May 2013. The aim of this symposium is to explore and consider what constitutes Critical Mixed Race Studies as an emerging field of intellectual enquiry.

Critical Mixed Race Studies (CMRS) is a rapidly growing body of scholarship and through the continued challenging of essentialized conceptions of ‘race’ and ethnicity, CMRS becomes an emerging paradigm for examining the politics of ‘race’, racism and representation. CMRS can be defined as “the transracial, transdisciplinary, and transnational critical analysis of the institutionalization of social, cultural, and political orders based on dominant conceptions of race. CMRS emphasizes the mutability of race and the porosity of racial boundaries in order to critique processes of racialization and social stratification based on race. CMRS addresses local and global systemic injustices rooted in systems of racialization” (Critical Mixed Race Studies Association).  In this transnational, interdisciplinary symposium, we seek to explore these components through the lens of intersectionalities in individual experience, theorising and activism.

This symposium is open to postgraduate researchers across a range of disciplines whose work is pertinent to and reflected within the broad field of Critical Mixed Race Studies.  We invite papers that address this theme and hope to welcome national and international postgraduate research students from a wide range of disciplines.

Deadline for proposals: 8th March 2013

To submit a proposal,  send a title and abstract (200-250 words) to the organizing committee, cmrs.symposium@leeds.ac.uk Attendance at this conference is free; all other queries should be directed to the above address.


ToC: Human Rights Law Review Table of Contents Alert Vol. 12, No. 4 December 2012

Human Rights Law ReviewThe latest Table of Contents Alert for the journal Human Rights Law Review has now been published and is now available on the Oxford Journals website.  Further details on the articles published in:  Vol. 12, No. 4, (December 2012) are available as follows:


Freedom of Expression: Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Human Rights Committee’s General Comment No 34
Michael O’Flaherty
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 627-654
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Revisiting the Debate about ‘constitutionalising’ the European Court of Human Rights
Steven Greer and Luzius Wildhaber
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 655-687
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Gaygusuz Revisited: The Limits of the European Court of Human Rights’ Equality Agenda
Marie-Bénédicte Dembour
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 689-721
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What is an ‘absolute right’? Deciphering Absoluteness in the Context of Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights
Natasa Mavronicola
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 723-758
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Recent Developments

Religion and Legal Spaces—In Gods we Trust; in the Church we Trust, but need to Verify
Dominic McGoldrick
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 759-786
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Yordanova and Others v Bulgaria: The Influence of the Social Right to Adequate Housing on the Interpretation of the Civil Right to Respect for One’s Home
Adélaïde Remiche
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 787-800
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Sentencing Children Who Kill: One Giant Leap for the US Supreme Court, One Small Step for International Human Rights Law
Bharat Malkani
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 801-813
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Book Reviews

Amanda Cahill-Ripley, The Human Right to Water and its Application in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Gyan Basnet
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 815-817
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Irvin Waller, Rights for Victims of Crime: Rebalancing Justice
Shannon M. Graves
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 817-820
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Orna Ben-Naftali (ed.), International Humanitarian Law and International Human Rights Law
Conor McCarthy
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 820-825
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Books Received

Books Received
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 827
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Volume Contents
Human Rights Law Review 2013 12: 829-831
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Call for Papers: Race/Ethnicity Network of Social Science History Association

*** Apologies for Cross Posting ***

Dear Colleagues,

We serve as co-chairs of the Race/Ethnicity section for the Social Science History Association (SSHA). The meeting is scheduled to take place in Chicago, November 21-24, 2013. Our theme this year is “Organizing Powers.”

Our main goal is to structure sessions so that they explicitly draw on an interdisciplinary group of scholars who hail from different institutions. The deadline for submission of abstracts is February 15th, 2013. Note, all SSHA requires at this point is an abstract. You can find more information at: http://www.ssha.org/, including the Call for Papers.

We are hoping to put together a number of sessions related to the conference site and date that were discussed at the planning meeting:

*       Commemorating 150 Years Since the Emancipation Proclamation:

Legal Abolition vs. Black Emancipation

o   Post-Emancipation Politics and Imperatives

o   Race and the Low: Have Legal Remedies Produced Racial Emancipation

*       Revisiting the work of W.E.B. Du Bois (50 Years Since His Death)

*       The Great Migration: Racial Movements and Migrations in the Past

and Present

*       Racial Politics – Obama, Electoral Politics, and Black


*       50 Years Since the March on Washington: Where is The Civil

Rights Movement Now?

*       Community Organizing or Organizing on College campuses

*       Immigrant Rights Movements and the DREAMers

*       The Chicago Teachers Strike or Activism Around Racial Inequality

in Education

*       Latino Chicago

*       Continuities and Transformation of Racial Systems Across Time

*       The Role of Borders: Race and Transnationality

*       Decolonial/Post-Colonial Race Theory

*       Race and Natural resources: Land, Water, Air and Environmental


*       Roundtable: Studying Race Across National Contexts

We are also looking for people to volunteer to be a critic for the following Author Meets Critics sessions:

*       Three Worlds of Relief: Race, Immigration, and the American

Welfare State from the Progressive Era to the New Deal, Cybelle Fox

*       Chinese Chicago: Race Transnational Migration and Community

Since 1870, Huping Ling

You are welcome to submit papers regarding any of these topics, or on a topic relating to your own research.  If you would be interested in putting together an entire session, let us know and we would be happy to provide you with details as to how to do this. Feel free to forward this call widely, particularly to graduate students (there is funding available for graduate students to travel to the conference which can be found at http://www.ssha.org/grants).

We are also looking for another network representative for the Race/Ethnicity Network to aid in the organizing and planning each year.

In order maintain the interdisciplinary nature of the organization, anyone from a discipline other than Sociology is invited to email either of the organizers with your interests. If you would like more information about the duties and responsibilities for this position, please do not hesitate to contact wither of us.

Finally, please feel free to check our Facebook page, which you can find by searching for “Race/Ethnicity Network – Social Science History Association” or by following the link:


If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us via email: mfweiner@holycross.edu or e-onasch@u.northwestern.edu.

Melissa F. Weiner
Liz Onasch


map-rwandaA group of activists led by the Fahamu Refugee Rights Program has been trying for months to rally internet opposition to UNHCR’s 2011 decision to support the cessation of refugee protection for around 100,000 Rwandan refugees who fled before, during and immediately after the 1994 genocide.

Technically, UNHCR is simply making a recommendation to governments – mostly the states in East and Central Africa where the majority of the Rwandan refugees have lived. The recommendation applies only to those who fled Rwanda through the end of 1998, and calls for exemptions for refugees still at risk of persecution or who have compelling reasons to not want to return because of previous persecution in Rwanda.

What this means in practice is that governments that have been anxious for years to expel the Rwandans will now be able to do so with UNHCR’s public blessing that, at least in most cases, forced…

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