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Human Rights Watch administers the Hellman/Hammett grant program for writers all around the world who have been victims of political persecution and are in financial need

Human Rights Watch/Hellman-Hammett GrantsDescription:

Human Rights Watch administers the Hellman/Hammett grant program for writers all around the world who have been victims of political persecution and are in financial need. The program is financed by the estate of the playwright Lillian Hellman with grants given in her name and that of her long-time companion, the novelist Dashiell Hammett. Hellman and Hammett were both interrogated in the 1950s about their political beliefs and affiliations; Hellman before the U.S. House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) and Hammett before the U.S. Senate Internal Security Subcommittee headed by Wisconsin Senator Joseph R. McCarthy, whose communist paranoia helped fuel nearly a decade of anti-communist "witch hunts." Hellman suffered professionally and had trouble getting work for a number of years. Hammett spent time in jail.

Forty two writers from 20 countries received Hellman/Hammett grants in 2010 in recognition of their commitment to free expression and the courage they showed when facing political persecution. Learn more about the 2010 awardees.

To Apply:
The grants are awarded annually after the nominations have been reviewed by a selection committee composed of authors, editors, and journalists who have a long-standing interest in free expression issues. Nominations should be sent to the New York office of Human Rights Watch. The form for making nominations can be downloaded here. For further information, contact hhgrants (at) hrw.org

The nominator should try to provide:
Biographical information about the nominee;
A list of the nominee's published writing;
A statement about the political persecution suffered;
A statement of need.
Nominations for the grants to be awarded in the spring of 2011 must be submitted by December 10, 2010. Emergency nominations are accepted throughout the year.

Hellman/Hammett grants typically range from $1,000 to a maximum of $10,000. In addition to providing much needed financial assistance, the Hellman/Hammett grants focus attention on repression of free speech and censorship by publicizing the persecution that the grant recipients endured. In some cases the publicity is a protection against further abuse. In other cases, the writers request anonymity because of the dangerous circumstances in which they and their families are living.

Since the program began in 1990, more than 600 writers have received grants including several group grants to writers in Bosnia, Burma, Peru, and Sierra Leone. Even so, the recipients are a tiny portion of the many writers around the world whose books have been banned or who have been exiled, imprisoned, tortured, and harassed because of their work.

Website: http://www.hrw.org/en/node/75288

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Monitoring the Implementation of IHL

Not surprisingly as I have reviewed post after post, violence and specifically gender violence has been a frequent topic. At the moment, I'm listening to a live Harvard Law School sponsored seminar (see below some of the background materials that are available on the internet).

I can only say - violence and human rights go side by side. How can we achieve a reduction in gender violence is a question we must ask ourselves and can we expect improvements by 2015 that can be reported as MDG progress?

LIVE SEMINAR: THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AND IHL

The Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University will host a Live Seminar on "Monitoring the Implementation of IHL: The Expanding Role of the Human Rights Council" on Thursday, November 18th, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. (EST). Registration required; click here.

This Live Seminar will examine the modalities through which the UN Human Rights Council engages in monitoring the implementation of international humanitarian law during situations of armed conflict. Against the backdrop of a recent Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ Report on protecting human rights of civilians in armed conflict, this Live Seminar will assess the following questions:

Which individual and group mandate holders and other mechanisms—such as those established through Human Rights Council special procedures and human rights treaty bodies, as well as international fact-finding missions, commissions of inquiry, and the universal periodic review process—utilize IHL in their assessments of human rights during situations of armed conflict?
In what ways, if at all, do Human Rights Council-monitoring mechanisms apply IHL alongside international human rights law to situations of armed conflict?
How, if at all, do political considerations affect the scope of inquiry, the resources allocated to monitors, and the types of violations under review?
What enforcement mechanisms, if any, may the Human Rights Council look to in order to enhance compliance with IHL?
Panelists will answer these questions by reference to recent Human Rights Council initiatives pertaining to situations of armed conflict.

Naz Modirzadeh (Associate Director of the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research) and Claude Bruderlein (Director of the Program) will host the discussion.

Panelists
Christina M. Cerna, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Loubna Freih Georges, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (Harvard) and formerly of Human Rights Watch (Geneva)

Françoise Hampson, University of Essex (UK)

Yvonne Terlingen, formerly of Amnesty International

Logistics
What: Live Seminar on "Monitoring the Implementation of IHL: The Expanding Role of the Human Rights Council."

Where: Online.

When: Thursday, November 18th, 2010, at 9:30 a.m. (EST). Click here to see local time.

Registration: Required; click here.

Background Materials
Resources and Reports from Human Rights Council-related Mechanisms
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, “The Human Rights Components of UN Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding Operations, and the Field Offices of UNDP and the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights,” in B.G. Ramcharan (ed.), Human rights protection in the field, 2006, pp. 153-210.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring, Professional Training Series No. 7, United Nations, 2001.

UN Human Rights Council, Manual of Operations of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council, 2008.

UN Human Rights Council, Report of the Independent expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, UN Doc. A/HRC/15/48, September 16, 2010.

UN Human Rights Council, Report of the independent expert on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Mohammed Chande Othman, UN Doc. A/HRC/14/41, May 26, 2010.

UN Human Rights Council, Report of the Office of the High Commissioner on the outcome of the expert consultation on the issue of protecting the human rights of civilians in armed conflict, UN Doc. A/HRC/14/40, June 2, 2010.

UN Human Rights Council, Report of the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Addendum, Study on targeted killings, Philip Alston, U.N. Doc. A/HRC/14/24/Add.6, May 28, 2010.

UN Human Rights Council, Report of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Richard Falk, UN Doc. A/HRC/13/53/Rev.1, July 7, 2010.

UN Human Rights Council, Report of the United Nations Fact-Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, UN Doc. A/HRC/12/48, September 25, 2009.

Analytical Assessments
Laurie R. Blank, Finding Facts But Missing the Law: The Goldstone Report, Gaza and Lawfare, Case Western Reserve Journal of International Law, March 2011 (forthcoming).

Christina M. Cerna and David P. Stewart, The United States Before the UN Human Rights Council, ASIL Insight, Vol. 14, Issue 32, November 1, 2010.

Françoise Hampson, The Relationship Between International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law From the Perspective of a Human Rights Treaty Body, 90 International Review of the Red Cross 549 (2008).

Michael O’Flaherty, Human Rights Monitoring and Armed Conflict: Challenges for the UN, Disarmament Forum, No. 3, 2004.

Yvonne Terlingen, A Fascinating Place to Work: Nine Years Representing Amnesty International at the United Nations in New York, Journal of Human Rights Practice, Vol. 2, No. 3, 2010.

Yvonne Terlingen, The Human Rights Council: A New Era in UN Human Rights Work?, Ethics & International Affairs, Vol. 21.2, Summer 2007.

David Weissbrodt, Approach of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to Interpreting and Applying International Humanitarian Law, 19 Minnesota Journal of International Law 327 (2010).

David Weissbrodt, Joseph C. Hansen, and Nathaniel H. Nesbitt, The Role of the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Interpreting and Developing Humanitarian Law, Harvard Human Rights Journal, Vol. 24 (Forthcoming 2011).

Subscription Required
David Weissbrodt, The Role of the Human Rights Committee in Interpreting and Developing Humanitarian Law, 31 University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law No 4, 1885 (2009-2010).

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