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Field Notes: Human rights defenders from Nepal and Zimbabwe speak

In association with Human Rights Watch

6th November 2007

In this seventh 'Field notes' event held in conjunction with Human
Rights Watch UK, frontline human rights defenders will discuss
monitoring human rights violations in Nepal and Zimbabwe: their
different personal experiences, methods of collecting and evaluating
information and the ways in which they develop advocacy campaigns both
locally and at an international level.

There will also be an opportunity to hear from Human Rights Watch staff:
Sam Zia-Zarifi (Washington Advocate) and Tiseke Kasambala (Zimbabwe
Researcher).

Mandira Sharma is a lawyer and human rights activist battling for
justice for the arbitrarily detained, tortured, and 'disappeared' in
Nepal. She has publicised the abuses committed by both sides during the
civil war, including the recruitment of children into armed conflict,
and worked to press the government to investigate and prosecute those
responsible.

Arnold Tsunga has been beaten and threatened at gunpoint as a result of
his defense of those who risk their lives to promote human rights in
Zimbabwe. He has secured the release of activists held in police
detention, stood in court with outspoken government opponents, and
spoken out against the abduction, harassment and arbitrary arrests of
countless others.

Jenny Kuper is a Advisory Board member of the Centre for the Study of
Human Rights and Research Fellow in the Department of Law. Dr Kuper has
particular expertise in international law relating to children in armed
conflict situations, humanitarian law and children's rights and special
interest in both Nepal and Zimbabwe.

Diary dates:
Wednesday 14 November, 6.30-8pm 'Iraq and the law: what went wrong' with Rabinder Singh QC
Thursday 29 November, 1.15pm-2.30pm 'Intolerance in the Ivory Tower: the threat to free speech of scholars'
Thursday 6 December, 6.30-8pm Human Rights Day lecture with Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch