Human Rights Research League
Research. Education. Advocacy. Development. (R.E.A.D.)
The Human Rights Research League (HRRL) is a non-governmental organization aiming at protecting individuals by placing acts contrary to human rights and international humanitarian law, systemic grievances as well as humanitarian emergencies on the agenda. HRRL seeks to contribute to knowledge and research based public discussion and problem analysis without geographical, political, confessional or other limitations or alignments.
As our name suggests, we are an organization primarily focused on research from the basis of a strong academic foundation. However, we recognize that lasting impact and positive change also depend on connecting academics and practitioners, combining research on root causes of human rights challenges with implementation of projects and policies addressing those grievances.
To this end, we are engaged in four focus areas: Research. Education. Advocacy. Development. (R.E.A.D.), all with a view to bridging the gap between academic and practical approaches to human rights, and between problem analysis and implementation of solutions.
News & reports
On 25 October 2021, Columbia University's Institute for the Study of Human Rights hosted a discussion with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, highlighting topics included in her new report due to be presented to the UN General Assembly at the end of October, and responding to questions and comments during the session. A recording of the session is now available, including the UN Special Rapporteur's response to Human Rights Research League Chairman Tom Syring's intervention (from 54:12 min. on in the video) pointing to the still lacking ratification of the AU Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons in Africa (Kampala Convention), e.g. on the part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), despite the DRC's promise made two years ago in connection with an international conference in Kinshasa (co-organized by Human Rights Research League) to move forward with the ratification process. Furthermore, the HRRL Chairman requested concerted action on behalf of the mandate holder, the UN, the AU and other relevant (state) parties to convince those AU states that have not done so yet to ratify the Kampala Convention.