The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) is pleased to name Ayako Hatano and Nathan Yaffe as the winners of this year’s Global Justice Emerging Scholar Essay Prize. Hatano and Yaffe receive this award for outstanding research and scholarship on papers submitted to the Center’s Fourteenth Annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference, held in April 2017.
The award, inaugurated by CHRGJ in 2013, is based on quality of writing; clarity of argument; originality or creativity of topic; depth of research conducted; and engagement with human rights scholarship and/or jurisprudence.
On May 5, 2017, the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and the Global Justice Clinic joined a group of prominent human rights and civil liberties organizations in signing an open letter to UN Security Council ambassadors raising serious concerns about intimidation and harassment of human rights defenders in Yemen.
The organizations expressed concern about recent efforts by the Government of Yemen to silence renowned Yemeni civil society leaders by waging baseless accusations against them that have undermined their work and put their freedom and lives at risk. They also raised alarm at the continued arbitrary arrest, detention, and harassment of advocates by the Houthi-Saleh forces in northern Yemen.
The letter requested that UN Security Council Ambassadors support Yemeni human rights defenders by urging all parties to the conflict to respect the rights of human rights defenders, and the Government of Yemen in particular to uphold its international commitments to protect its citizens and civil society.
Photo Credit: Radhya Almutawakel, Chairperson of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights. Source: Lydia Noon/New Internationalist Magazine.
The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice is a community of scholars, educators, journalists, advocates, and students from more than twenty countries around the world, united by a commitment to apply our skills towards a more humane and just world. On Friday, January 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump put those shared values at risk by issuing an Executive Order that halted the admission of all refugees and of immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. The Center strongly condemns this order as a violation of international and domestic laws. Read our full statement condemning this and other recent harmful measures proposed by President Trump.