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Field Notes: An exploration of the methodology of human rights monitors

In conjunction with Human Rights Watch UK

Speakers: Afrasiab Khattak; Dr Haruun Ruun; Juliane Kippenberg
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty, Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights
October 2002

A panel of frontline human rights defenders discuss the principles of monitoring human rights violations in their countries: their different methods of collecting and evaluating information and how they develop a strategic advocacy campaign both locally and on an international level.

Afrasiab Khattak (Pakistan) chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). As chairperson, Khattak has been one of the most outspoken advocates for the protection of Afghan refugees in Pakistan, challenging government policies and practices aimed at deporting existing refugees and curbing further inflows.

Dr Haruun Ruun (Sudan) the head of the New Sudan Council of Churches, which comprises Catholic and Protestant churches in rebel-held areas of southern Sudan. He has done significant human rights-related work in connection with the People-to-People peace and reconciliation process.

Juliane Kippenberg works for Human Rights Watch as NGO Liaison on the Great Lakes region of Africa. Her work involves providing support and training to human rights organisations in Rwanda, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda, and working closely with these groups to help develop their capacity to respond effectively to human rights issues in the region.