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June 3, 2009

Middlesex University takes human rights law around the globe

Human rights law academics from Middlesex University have launched a pioneering project to train human rights defenders in Central Asia.

With a £99,000 grant from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, a team of Middlesex University law staff are travelling to Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazhakstan to provide strategy sessions heavily based on Middlesex University’s new LLM in Minorities, Rights and the Law.

The goal is to provide quality, relevant education – applied to a local context – and to help local human rights defenders create internal and external networks that can be of professional assistance to them.

Some 25 human rights defenders, many of whom have been tortured themselves, will receive education from the team of experts.

Middlesex University is already working in central America on a human rights training capacity in a scheme supported by Santander bank. This initiative has resulted in the availability of two partial scholarships sponsored by Santander for students from Latin America.

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