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12 November 2013

Essex leads the way at mapping and monitoring human rights conference

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One of the panels from the event

Dr Andrew Fagan from the Human Rights Centre, Professor Todd Landman, Executive Dean in the Faculty of Social Sciences, Jonathan Cooper from Cyberalpha and Astrid Zweynert, Deputy Editor of Trust Organisation at Thomson Reuters Foundation

Key figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Amnesty International and Minority Rights Group International joined forces with the University of Essex and the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday 8 November at a conference aimed at promoting the mapping and monitoring of human rights protection around the world.

The event, which was held at the prestigious Thomson Reuters building in Canary Wharf, featured presentations and discussions on developments in the use of data, web resources and social media in the field of human rights.

Professor Todd Landman, Executive Dean for the Faculty of Social Sciences at Essex,  said: “The day gathered together leading experts in the use of systematic methods for measuring, monitoring and mapping human rights while promoting rich discussions that cut across academics, policy makers, journalists, and human rights activists. The event showed that there are many perils in this work and that all efforts should concentrate on the best collection of the most validated evidence possible.”

The conference was 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 the University of Essex, The Mackman Group and the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences – Mexico (FLACSO-Mexico).

Links:

The Human Rights Atlas website

To view the Twitter feed from the conference please go to #maphumanrights2013

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