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About the series
About the Human Rights in Asia Conference
Despite its large population and political importance, Asia is
frequently neglected in human rights education in the UK. There are
many reasons for this, one being the absence of a regional human
rights mechanism for Asia.
In response to this gap, Human Rights Centre students organise
our annual Human Rights in Asia Conference. Each year student
convenors select different but timely human rights issues related to
Asia and invite experts from the region and beyond to address these
Since 2009, this student-led event has been successful in raising
awareness of a wide range of regional issues. Previous conferences
have examined regional human rights mechanisms, development and
human rights in Asia, natural disaster and human rights, human
rights in Myanmar, and human rights in South Asia.
The conference is an excellent opportunity for participants to
meet and network with other students, researchers and human rights
professionals interested in human rights issues in Asia. As well as
deepening their understanding of human rights in Asia, the event
also helps our student convenors to gain practical skills in
conference organisation, a very useful asset for their future
The first Human Rights in Asia Conference took place in 2009. The
event was originally proposed by postgraduate students from the
Human Rights Centre and supported by the late Professor Kevin Boyle,
Professor John Packer (former Centre Director),
Dr Sanae Fujita, as well as the wider doctoral community.
8th Annual Human Rights in Asia Conference
Human Rights Defenders
The Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex ran the 8th Annual Human
Rights in Asia Conference at its Colchester campus on Saturday, April 30
Themes that were discussed:
- Treatment of human rights defenders
- Issues women face promoting human rights
- Regional differences in human rights promotion
- Challenges in protecting human rights
- Future of human rights defenders
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Democracy and Human Rights in Asia: Progressing or Retreating?
The Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex ran the 7th Annual
Human Rights in Asia Conference at its Colchester campus on Sunday 15
Themes that were discussed:
- How can we assess current human rights events in Asia?
- What do you know about human rights in the region?
- Are you interested in learning more about Asia and its human
Attendees engaged in an interactive session with our expert
panellists at this student-led human rights conference, which is
supported by the University of Essex's Human Rights Centre. Our
speakers addressed critical human rights issues facing Asia today
10 March 2015
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7th Annual Human Rights in Asia
Conference, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex,
Sunday 15 March 2015.
Past conference reports and programmes
Read reports from our previous Human Rights in Asia Conferences:
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