04 Nov 2019 at 12:00pm
until 04 Nov 2019 at 1:00pm
Essex Business School
Tuesday 19 November, 13.00-14.30, Human Rights Seminar Room, 5S.6.25
‘The Challenges of Human Rights in Burma’
Speaker: Kyaw Win, Founder & Executive Director of Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN)
Chair: Dr Andrew Fagan, University of Essex
Kyaw Win will address the ways in which human rights situation of ethnic and religious minorities have worsened since the election of National League for democracy (NLD). Kyaw will discuss the military forces openly committing countless human rights violations, and the role of NLD in progressively strengthening the campaign against other ethnic minorities, including the oppressive laws and movements against non-Rohingya Burmese Muslims. This talk will historically contextualise the anti-Muslim narrative in Burma, including the dynamics between the militarized Buddhist system and the push for democratic reforms. While for many years some in the media and international community have tried to say that Aung San Suu Kyi was faced with the impossible task of promoting democracy against rising populism, they failed to see how she and the NLD also played a role in anti-Muslim sentiment in the country.
Kyaw Win is the founder and Executive Director of the Burma Human Rights Network (BHRN) in London. He leads several different teams inside of Myanmar who are documenting human rights violations, violation of freedom of religion, the spread of hate speech and anti-Muslim pogroms.
Wednesday 11 December, 14.00-16.00, Human Rights Seminar room, 5S.6.25
Human Rights and Global Challenges
'Human Rights Framework to Combat Emerging Climate Change Challenges'
Dr Andrew Fagan, University of Essex
Marc Limon, the Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group
Prof Lorna McGregor, University of Essex
Dr Ahmed Shaheed, University of Essex
Chair: Dr Katya Alkhateeb
Marc Limon is Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group (URG). He will address the following the questions in relation to the emerging climate change challenge within a human rights framework:
- What more can the Human Rights Council and its mechanisms (Special Procedures and the UPR), and the UN Treaty Bodies, do to contribute to the global fight against climate change, environmental destruction, and biodiversity loss?
- What more can the High Commissioner for Human Rights do, especially as a ‘voice for the voiceless,’ to raise the severe human rights consequences of global warming and environmental harm, and to press for more equitable and just solutions?
- What more can the High Commissioner and the Council do to promote environmental rights, and the universal recognition of the right to a clean and healthy environment?
- What role would States like to see can the UN Human Rights Office play to further support the work of the Council, EHRDs and wider civil society to leverage rights to protect the climate and natural environment and how can States support this work?
Marc Limonis Executive Director of the Universal Rights Group (URG), a think tank focused on international human rights policy, with offices in Geneva, New York, and Bogota. Marc Limon worked as a diplomat at the UN Human Rights Council from the body’s establishment in 2006 until the end of 2012. This included participating in the negotiations on the institution-building package, on the Council’s mid-term review, and on a wide-range of thematic and country-specific issues. He was lead negotiator on nine different UN resolutions dealing with issues such as human rights and climate change, human rights and the environment, freedom of assembly and association, and the Third Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Alongside his colleague Subhas Gujadhur (Mauritius), he also established the Human Rights Council’s Trust Fund to support the participation of Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.