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IHRP partners with APRRN for Short Course on Gender and Forced Migration

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From 17-20 February 2015, IHRP along with the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) held a Short Course on Gender and Forced Migration. The course was attended by 20 participants including, NGO workers, policy makers, lawyers, paralegals, caseworkers, researchers, post-graduate students and refugees themselves. Through completion of the course, these participants strengthened their capacity, expertise and knowledge in working on forced migration issues in the region. Overall, the course provided an interdisciplinary overview on forced migration covering political, legal, social, economic as well as programmatic aspects. Specifically, the course looked at advocacy and programming through a gender lens and focused on the specific challenges as well as responses of women in the forced migration process.

Facilitators of the course included, Director of External Relations Unit, Japan Association for Refugees (JAR) and Chair, Legal Aid and Advocacy Working Group (LAAWG) APRRN, Brian Barbour, University of New South Wales, Centre for Refugee Research's Geraldine Doney, IHRP Professor Mike Hayes, APRRN Executive Director Anoop Sukumaran, APRRN Programme Manager Julia Mayerhofer, and APRRN Intern Amy Testa. These individuals taught the core curriculum covering, introductions on gender as well as advocacy, forced migration in Asia, women, gender, and forced migration, international refugee law, community participation and representation, developing advocacy responses, and collaboration on advocacy.

A number of special guest lecturers provided specific expertise on subjects ranging from protection for forced migrants to advocacy and trafficking. These lecturers included, Pajaree Suwannakarn and Yamini Pande from United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) who discussed UNHCR guidelines and tools for the protection of women and girls in migratory contexts and practical challenges in implementation; Francisco Cos Montiel from UN Women who provided an introduction to CEDAW and related UN instruments that could be used in advocating for the rights of women in migratory contexts and challenges in implementation; and Kate Sheill from the Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) who reviewed trafficking in Southeast Asia and the successes and challenges when advocating regionally and internationally for the rights of trafficked persons.

Upon completion of the course through attendance of lectures and participation in a group project to develop an advocacy strategy in the context of different forced migration scenarios, participants were awarded a Certificate of Participation from IHRP, Mahidol University and APRRN.

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Looking Ahead: Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia (SHAPE-SEA)

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Looking Ahead: “Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia (SHAPE-SEA)”
2 March 2015

Bangkok witnessed the grand kick off of "Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Education in Southeast Asia/ASEAN" (SHAPE-SEA). The four-year program aims to accelerate a vision of a rights-driven, peace-embracing region through capacity building and research. It is a collaboration amongst the region's human rights and peace leading scholars and advocates--the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN), ASEAN University Network-Human Rights Education Theme (AUN-HRE) and the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, Thailand (Sida).

The Official Launch, held in The Sukosol on 5 February 2015, featured the signing of agreement between Sida and Mahidol University and a forum on the current situation of human rights and peace education in the Region. Academics, researchers, media personalities, and members of the diplomatic community were in attendance.

The Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP), Mahidol University is proud host of the SHAPE-SEA Secretariat.

To learn more about the event, please read the recent article from the Bangkok Post: http://www.bangkokpost.com/news/general/467622/scholars-urge-unis-to-focus

For inquiries, please contact Mr. Joel Mark Barredo at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Mahidol University and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship

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Mahidol University and the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Scholarship

General Information


The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with Mahidol University, is proud to provide full scholarships for citizens from Myanmar and least developed countries in Asia to study in the MA in Human Rights (international program) and Ph.D in Human Rights and Peace Studies (international program) at the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University.


Criteria for Qualified Applicants

MA (Human Rights)

  1. Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree in any field with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.50 or equivalent.
  2. Candidates must have English language proficiency, with an IELTS score of 6.5 or above is required with no band below 6.0.
  3. Candidates must be a Myanmar national or nationals of countries in the least developed countries listed by the World Bank.
  4. Preference will be given to candidates who are attached to a research center or academic institution, or have experience with NGOs, human rights institutions or private human rights/peace entities.
  5. Exceptions to the above qualifications may be made by the Program Committee and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
  6. Special consideration will be given to candidates from minority and marginalized groups.

PhD (Human Rights and Peace Studies)

  1. Candidates must have an LLM or Masters degree (MA) in any major, from an approved university, with a GPA of at least 3.50.
  2. Candidates must have English language proficiency, with an IELTS score of 6.5 or above is required with no band below 6.0.
  3. Candidates must be a Myanmar national or nationals of countries in the least developed countries listed by the World Bank.
  4. Preference will be given to candidates who 
    1. have research publications, of more than one publication, or at least one single; author publication in an accredited journal;
    2. are attached to a research center or academic institution;
    3. with experience with NGOs, human rights institutions  or private human rights/peace entities.
    4. Exceptions to the above qualifications may be made by the Program Committee and the Dean of the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
    5. Special consideration will be given to candidates from minority and marginalized groups.

 

 

Application Requirements

Application Forms

Applicants must submit TWO application forms: one form to study in the IHRP graduate program, MA or PhD, and one form for the scholarship.  Scholarship application forms can be submitted either online through the Faculty of Graduate Studies website (see link below) or by post directly to IHRP at:

 

ATTN: Academic Program Coordinator

Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies  (IHRP)
Panyaphiphat Building, Mahidol University (Salaya Campus)
Salaya, Phuttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom 73170 THAILAND

 

Application Documents

Separate from the application materials required for the IHRP graduate programs, scholarship applicants must also submit hardcopies of the following documents by post to:

 

ATTN: Academic Program Coordinator

Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies  (IHRP)
Panyaphiphat Building, Mahidol University (Salaya Campus)
Salaya, Phuttamonthon, Nakhon Pathom 73170 THAILAND

MA applicants must submit the following:
- Personal statement
- Academic transcript(s)
- English language test certificate(s)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Concept note of prospective research topic

- Reference Forms sent to IHRP directly from referees

 

PhD applicants must submit the following:
- Research Statement and Personal Statement 
- Academic transcript of completed University degrees (Bachelor's and Masters)
- English language test certificate (s)
- Curriculum Vitae
- Reference Forms sent to IHRP directly from referees

 

Application Deadline: 15 May 2015

 

For the Faculty of Graduate Studies online application and other information related to the application process for the past round of scholarships, please visit the following link:

http://www.grad.mahidol.ac.th/grad/evaluation/sch/home.php?main_index=general.php

For more information about the scholarship please visit the following links:

http://www.mahidol.ac.th/mugo/news-events/Norway.html

http://www.emb-norway.or.th/News_and_events/Norway-and-Thailand/News/A-successful-first-year-of-the-Mahidol-scholarship-program-/#.VLN4NYqUdlY

 For more information about the scholarship please contact: ihrp, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

IHRP Collaborates with Human Rights Organizations to End Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand

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On 25 February 2015, the Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and the International Detention Coalition, in partnership with the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand (NHRCT), hosted a National Round Table discussion on ‘Ending the Immigration Detention of Children in Thailand’. Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree from the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) facilitated the discussions process. The Round Table discussion aimed to create greater traction with the government on key issues related to the protection of the rights of children who crossed the borders and explore the possibilities for alternatives to detention.

During the Round Table participants from the government agencies supported the need for alternatives to immigration detention of children and considered extending such initiatives to other vulnerable groups. In order to develop and implement alternatives it was agreed that the existing working group on immigration detention at the NHRCT, composed of representatives from government agencies and civil society organizations, would continue to work together. Agreed upon goals for the group included, the introduction of structural changes by amending laws and policies relating to immigration detention and ensuring they are successfully implemented in practice.

This National Round Table discussion was part of a series being facilitated by APRRN with governments throughout the region. They followed the 2012 and 2013 APRRN series of National Consultations on the coping strategies of urban refugees in Thailand, Indonesia, Nepal, and India. These states are not signatory to the 1951 United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. Consequently, the urban refugees of these countries, who face a number of challenges, are left unprotected according to internationally recognized standards. During these Consultations the risk of arbitrary and indefinite immigration detention as well as a lack of Alternatives to Detention were identified as key protection challenges in all of the countries. It was also identified that engagement with governments is necessary to further advance the discussions and find solutions, particularly for vulnerable groups such as children and unaccompanied minors. As a result, the National Round Table discussion series was introduced. APRRN is currently hosted by the IHRP.

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Call for Papers "Thinking through human rights and peace"

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With the world witnessing continuing conflicts, violence, and growing constraints for millions of people to enjoy their right to life with dignity, promoting peace and human rights has become an urgent agenda of our time.  For many scholars and practitioners working in the fields of human rights and/or peace, the common goal of the two disciplines to bring about justice seems obvious.  For some others however, the link between peace and human rights may neither be easily articulated nor their relationship seen as a straightforward one.  After all, the two fields embrace rather distinct areas of enquiry and theoretical focus.  Moreover, dilemmas exist within each of the two disciplines: the universality vs. cultural relativist question in the human rights discourse on the one hand, and the diverging approaches to questions of violence, conflict and peace in the peace discipline on the other – to name just a few. Differences notwithstanding, there is an increasing need to articulate the connectedness between theories and practices of peace and human rights as well as the challenges of this project if the vision of a just and dignified life for all is to be more effectively realized.

We invite scholars, activists, practitioners and students from human rights and peace studies and other relevant fields including but not limited to anthropology, sociology, political science, legal studies, education and cultural studies to contribute to the first issue of the Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies, which will be published bi-annually by the Institute for Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University.  Empirical and theoretical research articles discussing the common goals and competing agenda of peace and human rights from different angles and contexts are welcomed.  We also publish book reviews, essay reviews and multimedia reviews.  Articles and reviews can be written either in English or Thai. Please refer to www.ihrp.mahidol.ac.th for manuscript preparation and submission guidelines.  Deadline for submission for the first journal issue is on 31 March 2015. Further enquiries can be sent to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Manuscript preparation and submission guidelines

Journal of Human Rights and Peace Studies publishes articles, book reviews, essay reviews and multimedia reviews.

Manuscript preparation

  1. Articles
  • Manuscripts should be typed in English or Thai, using Times New Roman, font size 12, double spacing.
  • The length of the article in English should be between 8,000-10,000 words including references and notes.  The text should be organized with clear headings and subheadings.
  • An abstract of 150-250 words and up to 5 key words should also be included.
  • References and citation must follow the APA (American Psychological Association) style. Guideline for this is available from: www.li.mahidol.ac.th/service/style.php
  • Full name of each of the authors is required. Please also provide contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.
  1. Book, article and multimedia reviews
  • Reviews of books, articles and multimedia in English should not exceed 700 words

Submission

Authors are requested to submit their articles and reviews via email to the Editor as a Word document.  Manuscript should be sent as an e-mail attachment to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

When submitting your article please confirm, in your email, that all authors have agreed to the submission and that the article has not been published and is not currently being considered for publication by any other journal.

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