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Shedding light on the depths of human trafficking in Asia

Shedding light on the depths of human trafficking in Asia Even after long-lasting efforts by the international community as well as single states, human trafficking remains one of the most urgent issues of today´s world. Most cases take place clandestinely and occur in the Global South. Therefore, the topic is not very present in Western …

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Sexual exploitation, forced labor and exploitative begging as the main forms of human trafficking in the Middle East

Sexual exploitation, forced labour and exploitative begging as the main forms of human trafficking in the Middle East In North Africa and the Middle East, human trafficking is mainly committed for the purpose of sexual exploitation, forced labour and exploitative begging. These three forms of trafficking were reported in nearly equal shares in 2018, each …

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Association “Accept” and others v. Romania

Association “Accept” and others v. Romania Author: João Victor Stuart GHRD intern: International Justice and Human Rights team  LLB Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Background The case Association ACCEPT and others v. Romania concerns the failure of the Romanian State in protecting the applicants from homophobic verbal aggressions and humiliations, and in conducting …

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Ireland, Romania, and Belarus ranked worst in combating human rights trafficking

Ireland, Romania, and Belarus ranked worst in combating human rights trafficking The Trafficking in Persons Report of 2021 revealed a daunting reality, ranking three European countries – Ireland, Romania, and Belarus – as the weakest states on the continent regarding their fights against human trafficking. The report is published annually by the US Department of State and …

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COVID-19 intensifies religious discrimination in Pakistan

COVID-19 intensifies religious discrimination in Pakistan Volunteers distribute free food rations to daily wage workers and others amid COVID-19 pandemic. Photo: The Diplomat  In Pakistan, the climate of terror and violence that ethnic and religious minorities face has remained relatively unaltered in recent years. However, COVID-19 has exacerbated the detrimental situation of religious minorities in …

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How does climate change and human rights intersect?

How does climate change and human rights intersect? “File:Ice sculpture of a climate refugee (4029958664).jpg” by greens_climate is licensed under CC BY 2.0 Author: Alicia HaripershadGHRD Intern – International Justice and Human Rights TeamLLM Candidate International Law and Global Governance (Tilburg University) Global responses to climate change have undoubtedly been insufficient considering the rate of environmental degradation. As a …

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GHRD Interview with Brazilian expert about the Inter-American system of human rights

GHRD Interview with Brazilian expert about the Inter-American system of human rights Prof. Siddharta is a professor of Constitutional Law and Human Rights at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), a visiting professor of the Postgraduate research center of the Fluminense Federal University (UFF) and coordinator of the Inter-American center of the Federal …

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Emergency Relief Program for Gaza’s Children

Emergency Relief Program for Gaza’s Children At least 270 civilians, including 68 innocent children have been killed and over more than 1,900 people were injured during the 11-day Israeli bombardment of Gaza that led to the displacement of over 120.000 innocent civilians. For 11-days Israel continued to launch indiscriminate and deliberate airstrikes on civilians and …

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Mattia Ruben Castiello
Media quality coordinator

Mattia is currently in charge of quality checking and improving all the social media and website handles of the Global Human Rights Defence.
With a bachelor in Psychology from Spain and a master in Cultural Anthropology from the Netherlands, Mattia’s passion now lies in Human Rights in regard to the refugee and migrant crisis. Having lived his whole life in East-Arica, Mattia has had the opportunity to work with a vast amount of non-government organisations and health institutions. This has provided him with knowledge in diverse cultural understandings as well as interest in concerning global issues.

Jeremy Samuël van den Enden
Coordinator Bangladesh & Communication Officer
Mr. Van den Enden has a MSc in International Relations and specializes in inequality, racial dynamics and security within international diplomacy and policymaking. He studies the contemporary as well as modern historical intricacies of human rights in the global political arena. Furthermore, Mr. Van den Enden assists GHRD in revitalizing its internal and external communication.
Célinne Bodinger
Environment and Human Rights Coordinator

As the Environment and Human Rights Coordinator, Célinne is passionate about the health of our planet and every life on it.

Prerna Tara
Human Rights Coordinator

Prerna specializes in Public International Law and envisions a peaceful world where every human lives with dignity and respect.

Lina Borchardt
Team Head (Promotions)
(Europe)

She is currently heading the Promotions Team and University Chapter of Global Human Rights Defence. Her background is the one of European and International Law, which I am studying in The Hague. She has previously gained experience at Women´s Rights organizations in Germany, the Netherlands and Turkey over the past years.
She has been working for Global Human Rights Defence in the Netherlands since 2020. Her focus now is concentrated on the Human Rights and Minorities Film Festival and the cooperation of GHRD with students across the country.

Bianca Fyvie
Coordinator and Head Researcher
(Africa)

Bianca has widespread knowledge about social problems and human rights issues, with a specific focus on social justice in Africa and the empowerment of communities and individuals. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Stellenbosch University as well as a Master’s degree in Social Work and Human Rights from Gothenburg University. She has participated in courses on Women’s Leadership at Stellenbosch University, and has worked with organizations such as AIESEC towards furthering the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. She also has experience in working directly with marginalized and vulnerable groups in South Africa while qualifying as a Social Worker.
Bianca is the coordinator for a group of interns doing research and reporting on Human Rights topics in a range of African countries. Her focus is on ensuring that these countries are monitored and have up to date reports and research conducted in order to allow relevant and updated information to be produced.

Alessandro Cosmo
GHRD Youth Ambassador
(European Union)

Alessandro Cosmo obtained his B.A. with Honors from Leiden University College where he studied International Law with a minor in Social and Business Entrepreneurship. He is currently pursuing an LL.M. in Public International Law at Utrecht University with a specialization in Conflict and Security. 
As GHRD’s E.U. Youth Ambassador, Alessandro’s two main focuses are to broaden the Defence’s reach within E.U. institutions and political parties, as well as mediate relations between human rights organizations abroad seeking European funding. 
Alessandro believes that human rights advocacy requires grass-roots initiatives where victims’ voices are amplified and not paraphrased or spoken for. He will therefore act on this agenda when representing Global Human Rights Defence domestically and abroad

Hiba Zene
Coordinator and Head Researcher
(Africa)

Hiba Zene holds a Bachelor’s degree in International and European Law from The Hague University and, has significant legal knowledge in the field of international human rights law. She actively advocates for the protection of all human rights of vulnerable minorities and marginalised groups. Focusing, specifically on the human rights of children and women in Africa.
Hiba is the coordinator and head researcher for GHRD Africa. As a human rights defender for GHRD she has examined and investigated various human rights abuses, violations and issues in Africa. She has led research missions addressing issues on Statelessness in Kenya, Child Abuse in Uganda, and Teen Pregnancy in Kenya.

Thaís Ferreira de Souza
Coordinator and Head Researcher (International Justice and Human Rights)

Senior Paralegal at PGMBM (Amsterdam office), working to bring justice for victims of wrongdoing by big corporations, with a focus on human rights and environmental law.
Previously, Thaís worked as a Visiting Professional at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, providing legal advice on international human rights law and international criminal law. She also worked at the State Court of Justice of the Rondônia State (TJRO) in Brazil from 2013 to 2017, initially as a legal clerk and posteriorly as a legal advisor to judges. In 2016 she served as the regional representative of the Brazilian Institute of Criminal Procedural Law (IBRASPP) in the State of Rondônia, Brazil and during her bachelor’s degree, she worked as a Research Assistant at the Research Group ‘Ethics and Human Rights’ of the Federal University of Rondônia for over three years.

Fairuz Sewbaks
Coordinator and Head Researcher
(Africa)​

Fairuz Sewbaks holds extensive legal knowledge regarding international human rights, with a specific focus on human rights dealings taking place in continental Africa. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The Hague University in public international law and international human rights and successfully followed advanced human rights courses at the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria. She furthermore participated in the Istanbul Summer School where she was educated about the role of epidemics and pandemics in light of human rights.

 

Fairuz is the coordinator and head researcher for GHRD Africa. Her primary focus is to establish and coordinate long-term research projects regarding the differentiating human rights dealings of vulnerable and marginalized groups in continental Africa, as well as conducting individual research projects.

Priya Lachmansingh
Coordinator and Head Researcher, Political Advisor
(Asia & America)

Priya Lachmansingh is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in International & European Law at the Hague University of Applied Science.
As GHRD’s Asia & America human rights coordinator and GHRD Political Advisor, Priya’s prominent focus is to highlight human rights violations targeted against minority and marginalized groups in Asia and America and to broaden GHRD reach within Dutch political parties and as well seek domestic funding.

Fabian Escobar
Coordinator and Head Researcher
(Europe)

My name is Fabian Escobar, L.L.B. International and European Law candidate to The Hague University. I was born in Honduras and been living in The Netherlands, more specifically Amsterdam the last 8 years. I am passionate about Human Rights, Civil and Political Rights, fighting racism, and empowering women and ethnic minorities. In GHRD I am the coordinator for the Europe Team, I am thankful for being part of this team and that I have been given the opportunity to learn and apply my learning.