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Field Notes: human rights defenders speak

In conjunction with Human Rights Watch UK

Speakers: Salih Mahmoud Osman, Beatrice Were, Iain Levine
Chair: Professor Conor Gearty
Monday 6 November


In this sixth 'Field notes' event, two frontline human rights defenders will discuss the principles of monitoring human rights violations in their countries: their different methods of collecting and evaluating information and the ways in which they develop a strategic advocacy campaign both locally and at an international level.

Salih Mahmoud Osman is a lawyer and human rights activist from the Darfur region of Sudan who for twenty years has defended and given free legal aid to people who have been arbitrarily detained and tortured by the Sudanese government. A member of the Fur ethnic group, Salih detained without charge or trial for seven months in 2004 by Sudanese security forces. He went on a hunger strike and was finally released. n 2006, Salih was nominated to be an opposition member of parliament. In his new role he works on legal reform and also continues to provide legal aid in Nyala and in Khartoum.

Beatrice Were is a courageous advocate for the rights of women and children affected by HIV/AIDS. One of the first Ugandan women to openly declare her HIV status, Beatrice founded an organization that supports women and families affected by AIDS. Human Rights Watch has worked with Beatrice to contest HIV policies in Uganda and worldwide that substitute moralistic and ideological approaches for evidence and rights-based ones.

Iain Levine is Programme Director at Human Rights Watch

This event is free and open to all, with no ticket or pre-registration required. You are advised to arrive 10-15 minutes early, to maximise your chances of gaining entry to the event