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An exploration of the methodology of human rights monitors

Frontline human rights activists from Egypt, Liberia and the USA will discuss the principles of monitoring human rights violations in their countries on Monday 11 October at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Dr Aida Seif El Dawla, Tiawan Gongloe and Javier Stauring will speak on 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.

  • Dr Aida Seif El Dawla co-founded the Egyptian Association against Torture, which provides services to victims and their families and advocates for prosecutions and legal change. He has been a leading advocate in Egypt on women's rights, children's rights, and the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.
  • Tiawan Gongloe, one of Liberia's leading human rights lawyers, is a steady voice calling for the rule of law and respect for human rights. He has aided political detainees, journalists, human rights activists and victims of abuse who are on trial in Liberia.
  • Los Angeles native Javier Stauring is a Catholic lay chaplain who challenges the conditions in which juvenile offenders are incarcerated. Shocked by abusive conditions in Los Angeles's Men's Central Jail, he mobilized a local coalition that succeeded in pressing LA County to remove juveniles from the adult facility.

Field Notes: an exploration of the methodology of human rights monitors is on Monday 11 October at 12-1pm in G108, 20 Kingsway, LSE, Kingsway, London WC2A. This event is free and open to all with no ticket required.

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To reserve a press seat, please contact Jessica Winterstein, LSE Press Office, on 020 7955 7060 or email j.winterstein@lse.ac.uk| 

Notes:

This event is organised by LSE's Centre for the Study of Human Rights in conjunction with Human Rights Watch UK.

29 September 2004

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