Students Staff

21 October 2013

Mapping and Monitoring Human Rights - An Essex-led event in Canary Wharf

Colchester Campus

The University of Essex is to lead an internationally important event aimed at promoting public discussion of developments in the use of data, web resources and social media for mapping and monitoring human rights protection around the world.

The event, which is to be held on Friday 8 November at the Thomson Reuters building in Canary Wharf, is part of an Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project, 'Extending the Human Rights Atlas'. This project is led by the University of Essex in partnership with the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Human Rights Centre at Essex, The Mackman Group and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences – Mexico (FLACSO-Mexico).

The event will feature presentations and discussions involving prominent academics, NGOs, practitioners, journalists and social media experts working on different approaches to mapping and monitoring human rights.

Professor of Political Science and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Essex,Todd Landman said: “From the chemical attacks in Syria to the mass graves in Bosnia, there continues to be a great need for systematic methods for mapping and monitoring human rights violations that continue to take place on a daily basis around the world. This event shares the latest thinking and a variety of approaches being used by human rights academics and practitioners."

In addition to Professor Landman, confirmed speakers for the event include; Dr Andrew Fagan and Lorna McGregor from the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, Monique Villa, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation, Meghna Abraham from Amnesty International and Mark Lattimer from Minority Rights Group International.

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