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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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Scholarship Coming Soon! Emerging Scholar Program for Master of Arts in Human Rights (International Program)

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About the Scholarship

The Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP) is currently accepting applications for its newly established Master of Arts in Human Rights (International Program) Emerging Scholar Program. The IHRP Emerging Scholar has a background in and commitment to the study and practice of international human rights. They also possess a demonstrated interest in pursuing career opportunities related to international human rights. In this inaugural year, one student will be selected as the Emerging Scholar and receive full-tuition to the MA Human Rights (International Program) as well as a monthly stipend. The scholar will be expected to fulfill all course and thesis requirements within 18 months from commencement of the program.

The scholarship is intended for students from developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

The Role of IHRP Emerging Scholars

First and foremost the recipient of the scholarship will be expected to focus on the academically rigorous course requirements of the MA Human Rights (International Program). Additionally, as a promising leader in the human rights field, the IHRP Emerging Scholar will have the opportunity to play a vital role in the daily life of the Institute. Scholars will have the chance to assist on various IHRP activities and programs of the Institute, and will be able to work closely with affiliated faculty members on human rights-related research and other academic activities.

Eligibility

Applicants eligible to be considered for this scholarship must

  • meet admissions requirements for the MA Human Rights (International Program);
  • and be judged capable of finishing coursework and defending a thesis within 18 months.

Required Qualifications

  • Demonstration of strong academic achievements
  • Proven commitment to research in the area of human rights (through paid and/or volunteer work)
  • Excellent writing ability
  • PRIORITY is given to residents or citizens of developing countries in Asia, Africa, and Latin America

Scholarship Amount

The scholarship covers tuition costs for the MA Human Rights (International Program) and also includes a monthly allowance to cover living costs in Salaya, Nakhon Pathom, where the Mahidol University campus is located outside the Bangkok city center.

Application Requirements

Separate from the application materials required for the IHRP MA Human Rights (International Program), scholarship applicants must also submit the following documents by email to Dr. Coeli Barry, MA Human Rights (International Program) Chair, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , CC IHRP Secretary, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it :


  • Personal Statement
    • In 600 words or less describe how your past academic commitment to the field of human rights has prepared you for the role of IHRP Emerging Scholar and in what ways this opportunity would contribute to your future development in this field
  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Copy of IHRP MA Human Rights (International Program) Application Form, available on the website: http://www.ihrp.mahidol.ac.th/index.php/en/application-documents/19-ma-application-form
  • Official Transcripts sent by post [scanned copies will not be accepted] directly to IHRP at:
    • ATTN: IHRP Emerging Scholar Program

Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (IHRP)

Panyaphiphat Building, 999 Phuttamonthon 4 Rd.

Salaya, Nakhon Pathom 73170, Thailand


Deadline

The Emerging Scholar Program will commence for Academic Year 2016/2017, please check back on the website or 'Like' the IHRP Facebook page for updates on application deadline.

Further information regarding the MA Human Rights (International Program)

http://www.ihrp.mahidol.ac.th/index.php/en/master-programinternational-program

Download Here:  DISTINGUISHED SCHOLAR REFERENCE FORM

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Solidarity Walk for a Peaceful South

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Fighting in the southernmost provinces of Thailand has been going on since 2004 and there have been more than 6,000 dead and 10,000 injured persons. Many efforts to stop violence and build peace were made but have not yet produced tangible result. As a contribution to such efforts, a group of non-state actors agrees to launch a campaign called “Solidarity Walk for a Peaceful South”. Members of the group include Buddhist Network for Peace, Fasai Youth Center, Luk Rieng (bean of nitta tree) Youth Group, Saiburi River Basin Association, Narathiwat Civil Society Network, Kampung Taqwa Network, Women for Peace Association and Center for Peace Building in the Southernmost Provinces of the Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies, Mahidol University. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the continuing losses; to call for cooperation among multicultural groups; and to appeal for a collaborative approach to transform the conflict in the South.

The Solidarity Walk for a Peaceful South will start from Yala Municipality on the 15th of February, pass through Pattani and cover a distance of 170 km before reaching the destination at Takbai School in Narathiwat on the 21st of February 2015.

The campaign will disseminate the following messages or mottos:

- Safety for all

- Mutual protection

- Living together in a just society

- Respect our difference

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4 February 2015 (13:00-17:00)

Rattanakosin Room, Sukosol Hotel, Bangkok Thailand


Over the past years, concrete efforts have been made to shape or enhance human rights and peace research and education in every corner of Southeast Asia. Research, debates, and discussions among stakeholders centred on ways to ensure that peoples in the region are able to access and enjoy opportunities to practice and learn more about their human rights. Despite challenges, academics and fellow advocates remain hopeful and committed to a common vision to mainstream human rights and peace education in Southeast Asia.

2015 serves as the departure of a grander movement in achieving this goal. The ASEAN University Network- Human Rights Education Theme (AUN-HRE) and the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN) in partnership with the Swedish Government (Sida) have joined forces to establish what believed to be the most comprehensive and meaningful programme driven by Southeast Asian Scholars and academics working on the promotion of human rights and peace in the region. The “Strengthening Human Rights and Peace Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia” Project or SHAPE-SEA is a four year programme that aims to improve three fundamental aspects related to human rights and peace: Research, Capacity Building and Education.

To celebrate past achievements and shape and re-shaping the direction of human rights and peace research and education, an Official Launch of SHAPE-SEA will be organized. This momentous event will take place on 4 February 2015 (13:00-17:00) at Rattanokosin Room, Sukosol Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand. This launch will commence with a formal signing of Agreement between the Swedish Government and Mahidol University (Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies as focal point and convener of SHAPE-SEA). It will then be followed by forum entitled “SHAPE, SHAPING and RESHAPING Human Rights and Peace Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia”. Seasoned Southeast Asians who are actively involved in the promotion of human rights and peace will share their valuable insights on ways to shape and enjoy rights and peace-literate region.

For inquiries or to confirm your attendance, please contact Mr. Joel Mark Barredo at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We hope that you join us in welcoming this multiple partnership of human rights and peace education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia. See you all there!




SHAPE-SEA Agenda

Official Launch of the Programme on “Strengthening Human Rights and Peace
Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia (SHAPE-SEA)”

Rattanakosin Room, Sukosol Hotel

13:00-17:00

4 February 2015 (Wednesday)

13:00-13:15

Registration

13:15-13:25

Opening Remarks by Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree,

Project Committee Chairperson—SHAPE-SEA

13:25-13:45

Remarks by:

Mr Christoffer Berg

Minister Counselor

Charge D’ Affaires, Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, Thailand

Clin. Prof. Udom Kachintorn, M.D.

President of Mahidol University

Dr. Nantana Gajaseni

Executive Director of ASEAN University Network (AUN)

13:45-14:00

Signing of Agreement between Swedish Government (Sida) and Mahidol University-Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies (Focal Person and Convener of SHAPE-SEA)

14:00-14:20

Break

14:20-16:30

Forum on “Shape, Shaping and Reshaping Human Rights and Peace Education in ASEAN/Southeast Asia”

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