GHRN Lecture Series 2012/13

GHRN Lecture Series 2012/13
Event on 2012-10-18 05:30:00

Please see below for details of our lecture series for the 2012/13 session.  All events are free and open to the public, however booking is recommended.

Please register to attend via this site using the above tool.

Venues can be found on the campus map by their location ID (letter/number).

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29 Nov: Bahrain Briefing

17.00 – 19.00, Venue TBC

Joint event with MENAFiS.  Former Bahrain opposition MPs will provide us with a briefing on human rights and democratic reform in Bahrain and the Campaign to end human rights abuses and torture in the regime.


30 Nov: Women resist exploitation in Central America and South Africa: what lessons can we learn?

14.00 – 17.00, St Andrews Building, Room 227 (campus map location E14).

Joint event with Central American Women’s Network and Glasgow Human Right’s Network


Reyna Quintanilla, campaigner at 'Honduran Collective of Women' (CODEMUH)

Ex-maquila worker and currently CODEMUH's organiser & member of staff, Reyna campaigns on behalf of women's workers in Honduran EPZ (Export Processing Zones) where more than 75% of workers are women. Violence at the workplace, health and safety issues, and very precarious work conditions are some of the challenges workers face in the maquilas. Reina helps them to raise their voice against these abuses and lobbies for a reform of Honduras' outdated labour codes, which would significantly improve sweatshop working conditions.

Patricia Dyata, Secretary General at 'Sikhula Sonke'

A former farm worker and dweller Patricia now acts as the Secretary General of a women-led trade union for farmers in South Africa and campaigns for their labour and housing rights, including a living wage, decent healthcare provision and maternity and paternity leaves. Sikhula Sonke also supports unionized workers who face harassment from their employers and police.


31 Jan 2013: The Middle East and North Africa

17.30 – 19.30, Wolfson Medical School Sem Rm 257 (Hugh Fraser) C8   

Public seminar on the Middle East and North Africa.
Speaker: Kate Allen – UK Director of Amnesty International. 


5 Feb 2013: Transitional Justice in Cambodia: The Coincidence of Power and Principle

17.30 – 19.30, Venue TBC

Speaker: Dr Kirsten Ainley, Lecturer in International Relations, London School of Economics

More than thirty years after the Khmer Rouge was responsible for the deaths of over 1m people in Cambodia, the ECCC was established to help heal the trauma of Khmer Rouge atrocities.  The literature tends to present transitional justice processes in Cambodia as being supported by a justice-minded international community in the face of a recalcitrant domestic government that does not want to see its members implicated in legal proceedings.

The presentation will look in more detail at the international-local dynamics and argue that both the Hun Sen regime and various international actors are using the ECCC to construct an image of the past in which their contributions to injustice are forgotten.

The liberal international community is whitewashing history with a narrative of healing, and the government is pushing a narrative of rescue.  Pressure from both sides for the Court to contribute to the work of re-writing the past means that the ECCC can offer little to the victims of atrocities in whose name it was established.  By engaging in the international-domestic political battle, the court could even be seen as contributing to the on-going victimization of those who suffered under the Khmer Rouge regime.

This lecture will conclude with a reception.  Free and open to all.




18 Oct:  European Parliament Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought Panel Discussion
17.30 – 19.30  Wolfson Medical School Seminar Room 248(Gannochy) (campus map location C8)

The European Parliament's Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought is awarded annually to honour exceptional individuals who combat intolerance, fanaticism and oppression.  The European Parliament Office in Scotland and the Glasgow Human Rights Network host this event at which students will mirror the process by which MEPs choose the winner of the Sakharov Prize.  For full event details visit:


7 Nov:  Mining and Human Rights in Colombia
17.30 – 19.30  17.30 – 19.30  Wolfson Medical School Seminar Room 3 (Gannochy) (campus map location C8)

This event is part of a series of events organised by advocacy group ABColombia across the UK to raise awareness of the human rights, environmental and developmental issues associated with the extractives industry in Latin America.

Issues of natural resource governance are invariably at the centre of development and human rights debates as the extractive sector represents a growing part of Latin American economies.  In Colombia, the government has identified the mining and energy sector as a key component of its current National Development Plan and one of the ‘backbones of the Colombian economy’.

We’re delighted to welcome visiting Awá indigenous leaders for the event, who will provide insight into their experiences of the impact mining is having on many communities across Colombia.

12 Nov:  Indivisible Human Rights: A Discursive History
17.30 – 19.30  Adam Smith Building, room 916, (campus map location D8)

Speaker Prof. Daniel Whelan (Hendrix College, University of London)

Most contemporary accounts suggest that the "indivisibility" of human rights expresses the fundamental equality of all categories of rights, especially dispelling the notion that economic and social rights are somehow "different" or less important than civil and political rights. Prof. Daniel J. Whelan will explore the history of the indivisibility discourse, beginning with its emergence in the late 1940s as drafting of the Covenant on Human Rights began. Significant debates about the place of economic and social rights within the Covenant ensued, and the language of indivisibility gained wide purchase as the U.N. moved toward the division of the Covenant into two separate treaties. Whelan traces further discursive shifts about indivisibility, from 1954-1968 ("Postcolonial  Revisionism"); 1968-1986 ("Economic Justice"); and from 1986 to today ("Restoration"). Central to all these discursive shifts were questions about national and international duties for economic and social rights – questions that persist to this day.

Daniel J. Whelan is Charles Prentiss Hough Odyssey Associate Professor of Politics & International Relations at Hendrix College in Conway, AR (USA). He is currently a Visiting Fellow in Human Rights at the School of Advanced Study, University of London.


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University of Glasgow
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