September 20th, 2015

‘I Was A Child Soldier’ Spoken Word Performance by Rachel Shannon | HART Prize for Human Rights

I Was A Child Soldier You may have heard that pity weeps and turns away, compassion sees and stretches out a hand.
Today –
let me take you by the hand to show you, though I’m banned in every land – the brand on my shoulder and the 2000 dollars required for the 24 months of rehab tucked into my folder should be enough to tell you:
I was a child soldier....

September 9th, 2015

How does the centuries-old Devadasi System show the dominance of patriarchy in Indian society? | HART Prize for Human Rights

This essay, by Maria Christodoulou was a shortlisted entry to the HART Prize for Human Rights. The full entry with references and footnotes can be downloaded below. Read more entries here.  “The formally subordinate role of Indian women vis-à-vis men is described in sacred literature and women who accept this role accept male dominance” (Dhawan, 2005:82)....

July 28th, 2015

If you were the Prime Minister of India, what would you do to improve the women rights situation in that country and how would you do it? | HART Prize for Human Rights

This essay, by Julie Marangé was a shortlisted entry to the HART Prize for Human Rights. The full entry with references and footnotes can be downloaded below. Read more entries here.  “Without government action, burden will remain on women to fight back against violence” states Ravi Verma in an article from the Huffington Post (2012)....

June 15th, 2015

Abstinence, Be Faithful and Condoms: The ‘A,B,C’ of colonial legacies in Sub-Saharan HIV-AIDS prevention programmes | HART Prize for Human Rights

This essay, by Constantin Gouvy was shortlisted for the Senior Essay category of the HART Prize for Human Rights. Read more entries here.  As of 2013, sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) was home to more than two thirds of the world’s HIV-positive population, a figure which has not changed much over the past decade (Stillwaggon 2003 p.810)....

May 13th, 2015

New HART Newsletter Released Today!

We are delighted to announce the release of HART’s latest newsletter. Download your copy here!  This edition focuses on the situation in Sudan and South Sudan. We wanted to share some of the stories we heard on our visit earlier this year, and the perspectives of those we met. 
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April 29th, 2015

After the atrocities of the Holocaust, the world swore “Never again”. So why, 70 years on, are genocides still happening? | HART Prize for Human Rights

This essay, by 14 year old Clementine Scott, won Third Prize in the HART Prize for Human Rights Junior Essay Category. Read more entries here. The Holocaust. The methodical annihilation that wiped out two thirds of Europe’s Jewish population[1], characterised by horrifying concentration camps such as Ravensbrück and Auschwitz....

April 23rd, 2015

Karen: A Boy with No Name, A People with No Rights | HART Prize for Human Rights

This essay, by James Bradley, received second prize in the HART Prize for Human Rights Junior Essay Category. Read more entries here.  Silence. It is eleven o’clock sharp at Kalaywa Tawya Monastery in Yangon. A seven-year-old sets his alms bowl on the table and sits cross-legged on the dining hall floor....

April 22nd, 2015

Life in limbo: past, present, and future in Nagorno-Karabakh | HART Prize for Human Rights

This entry, by Gillian Wong Miswardi, received Second Prize in the HART Prize for Human Rights. View more entries here.  When describing the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, one often hears the term ‘frozen conflict’ being used. On some level, the conflict is indeed ‘frozen’.
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April 21st, 2015

Life at the Heart of a Frozen Conflict: How does Nagorno-Karabakh’s Unrecognised Status Affect its Residents? | HART Prize for Human Rights

This essay, by Helen Lilley, was shortlisted in the HART Prize for Human Rights Senior Essay Category. View more entries here.  In February 1988, Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh came out to demonstrate in favour of leaving the Azerbaijan Soviet Socialist Republic and unifying with the Armenian SSR....

April 15th, 2015

Private Parts | HART Prize for Human Rights

Winning entry in the HART Prize for Human Rights Junior Creative Category Please Note: this entry is a poem about Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Sudan and the content may be triggering. PRIVATE PARTS
-Kashi Syal Her worn battered palm caresses my forehead, she hushes my w...
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