May 21, 2018
5:30pm - 7:30pm    |    Furman Hall Room 210, 245 Sullivan Street, New York, NY 10012

This event is free and open to the public. Guests may be asked to present personal ID to access NYU building.

The 26th edition of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights, published by Conectas Human Rights in collaboration with The Fund for Global Human Rights, seeks to address the imbalance in information currently available on the global crackdown on civil society, the majority of which focuses on the diagnostics, rather than the responses by activists.

Conectas and The Fund—in partnership with ESCR-Net – International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and NYU School of Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice and Robert L. Bernstein Institute for Human Rights—are delighted to host a panel discussion with the aim of sharing the body of knowledge captured by the Journal with an audience of scholars, activists, and practitioners. The panel will be followed by a drinks reception.


Victoria Ohaeri
Spaces for Change, Nigeria

Jonas Bagas
HIV and LGBT Rights Activist, Philippines

Mandeep Tiwana
Civicus, India

Juana Kweitel
Conectas, Brazil

David Mattingly
Fund for Global Human Rights, United States


Deborah Alejandra Popowski
Center for Human Rights and Global Justice, NYU School of Law

Sur Journal on International Human Rights

The objective of the Sur International Journal on Human Rights is to influence the global human rights agenda by producing, fostering and disseminating innovative research and ideas, primarily from the Global South, on human rights practice. Sur is an open access journal, and has an online and print readership of over 20,000 people in more than 100 countries. First published in 2004 in order to deepen and strengthen ties between academics and activists from the Global South and to increase their participation in the global debate, Sur Journal has continuously evolved.

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Presenting Authors

Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri
“Confronting Closing Civic Spaces in Nigeria”

Victoria Ibezim-Ohaeri is the founder and director of research and policy at SPACES FOR CHANGE. She has studied at Nigeria’s University of Uyo, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva), Harvard Law School (USA) and the Said Business School at Oxford University. She leads the organisation’s knowledge-building and accountability campaigning initiatives in Nigeria.

Jonas Bagas
“Duterte and Donor Withdrawal” 

Jonas Bagas is a Filipino LGBT rights & HIV activist who has spent years pushing for the inclusion of Filipino LGBTs in health and political spaces. He also engages in political activism to encourage participatory governance and accountability.

Mandeep Tiwana
“Global Challenges, Local Responses”

Mandeep Tiwana is Chief Programmes Officer at the global civil society alliance, CIVICUS. He specialises in legislation affecting the core civil society freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly. Prior to joining CIVICUS in 2008, Mandeep worked on a range of human rights and social justice issues in India. He has written extensively on the intersections between civil society space, sustainable development and international relations.


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