Academic freedom and international cooperation have been increasingly at risk in Turkey in the last years. University Deans, Professors and other scientists were forced to step down, a travel ban was imposed on many academics, and Turkish scientists working abroad were pressured to return to Turkey. Many journalists and newspaper editors have been detained and harassed, particularly since the coup attempt last year.
Dr. Özgür Mumcu, journalist with the “Alternative Nobel Prize”-awarded Cumhuriyet newspaper discussed with Antje Schlamm, Head of Section Scholarship Programmes East Central Europe, South East Europe, Turkey at DAAD, how Universities, editors and journalists deal with these restrictions on and hindrance of their work.
The RLC Campus at ZEF, University of Bonn, Germany, offers scholarships for PhD students from Latin America, Asia and Africa and to participate in the international workshop on
“Mobilization for Change: Human Rights, Governance and the Empowerment of the Marginalized”, September 2-7, 2017, in Bonn. Deadline for applications via our application form is July 26, 2017. For further information, have a look into our public call. If you are interested, please use our application form.
The panelists talked about sustainable food production and organic agriculture as one competitive solution for the environmental, social and food security challenges of the 21st century. They shared their vast expertise and experiences and elaborated on how to successfully integrate local sustainable food production into globalised markets, on challenges and obstacles as well as their personal motivation.
From June 10 to 15, scientists, practitioners and PhD students from 18 different countries came together at the RLC Campus in Bonn to present and discuss local level empirical research and practical development work in rural areas of developing and transition countries. Distinguished speakers Dr. Lee HeHaan (“Alternative Nobel Prize” awarded Land Institute, USA) and Prof. Lennart Olsson (Lund University Centre for Sustainability Studies, Sweden) presented different pathways of sustainable agriculture and its actual and potential contributions.
RLC Bonn PhD student Amit Kumar from India presented his research proposal titled ‘Contested Urban Development: Resistance, Negotiations and Daily Life Struggles of Slum Dwellers
in Mumbai, India’ at Department of Political and Cultural Change (ZEFa) on Thursday, 9 March 2017.
The central focus of his research is to understand how forms of individual and collective resistance by slum dwellers influence the process of urbanisation in India. The work of Medha Patkar’s (RLA 1991) Ghar Banao Ghar Bachao Aandolan – a right to the city movement – is an important case to his studies on the collective resistance of slum dwellers in Mumbai. Amit Kumar’s
research aims at the alternative imagination to the existing urban structures in relation to globalization.
Willis Okumu, RLC student in Bonn, successfully completed his PhD on the topic “Meanings of Violence and Its Impacts on the Socio-Political Relations among the Samburu and Turkana of Baragoi, Northern Kenya”. In the end of January 2017 he successfully defended his thesis.
Further information on his research can be found in this interview which was conducted by the Center for Development Research (ZEF) in Bonn.
RLC Bonn PhD student Alejandro Mora Motta is developing his field work since June 2016 in Chile.
In collaboration with Right Livelihood Laureate Prof. Dr. Manfred Max-Neef and RLC Valdivia, Alejandro is currently in the field phase of his research in Los Ríos, Chile. His project focuses on how peasant and indigenous communities well-being has been affected by the model of exotic tree plantations, which is the main forestry model in Chile. He has approached different communities following a bottom up participatory approach that allows to understand the territorial transformation through the lenses of local people, and his main research focus is in rural La Unión, Municipality of Los Ríos.
Besides, Alejandro has performed collaborative research in two lines. First, he was involved with the methodological support for an indigenous community in the context of a new Law Project of Biodiversity and Protected Areas. This was thanks to the collaboration with the researcher Sarah Kelly-Richards of the Arizona University. Second, he is collaborating with the TESES group of the Austral University.
As a member of the RLC Valdivia team, he was involved in the coordination, the logistics and the promotion of the event ‘Activists for a better world’, within the Congress “La transdisciplina hecha práctica”. In this event he presented a first version of his research with the presentation “El modelo forestal chileno, entre la economía verde y el (neo)extractivismo”.
On September 5th, Right Livelihood Award Laureate Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal (RLA Laureate 1982) and Glorene Das, representative of Tenaganita (Irene Fernandez, RLA Laureate 2005), were invited to a public panel discussion at the historic Old City Hall in Bonn to talk about their work as activists. The topic of the panel discussion revolved around Human Rights and the Empowerment of the Marginalized and was organized by a cooperation of the Centre for Development Research, Working group for Development Services and the City of Bonn. The discussion was facilitated by Dr. Merjam Wakili from the Deutsche Welle. The two panelists talked about the challenges and success of their organizations fighting against Human Rights abuses.
Glorene Das shared some of the stories working for women migrants and trafficked people in Malaysia, stressing the importance of involving companies in their work to ensure the implementation of gender policies. Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal shared experiences of his long work history for the protection of consumer rights in Asia. You can watch the full discussion here:
RLC Workshop on Human Rights
From 3th to 8th of September, more than 20 PhD students from various countries participated in the RLC workshop on Human Rights and the Empowerment of the Marginalized in Bonn. The workshop was a co-operation between the RLC and the Association for the Development Services (AGdD) of which also 10 returnees joined the workshop. Furthermore, two scholarship students of the Institute for International Cultural Relations (ifa) also attended. The workshop was accompanied by RLA Laureate Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal and Glorene A. Das (Tenaganita Malaysia) sharing their expertise and experiences with the PhD students.
In the course of the program, the participants presented, discussed and analyzed case studies of participatory empirical research in a cohesive transdisciplinary way, benefitting from each other’s expertise. The workshop’s program also included a public panel discussion with both Glorene A. Das and Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal at the historic Old City Hall in Bonn, sharing insights into their work as activists, discussing challenges and achievements.
Due to dangerous circumstances, the human rights lawyer Raji Sourani is working under in Gaza Strip, he was not able to attend the Workshop, unfortunately.
To celebrate his 75th birthday, Prof. Fazal has drafted another multiverse adventure, a selection of initiatives and projects of hope – the right livelihood way.
“We live in a world sadly dominated by the trinity of “badness” – the culture of violence, of manipulation and of waste. People everywhere are rising against this badness – a phenomenon that Paul Hawken calls “Blessed Unrest”. We see springs of action, candles of hope, sparks of courage that are making a difference. There is a trinity of “goodness” that gives a vision of (a) balance and harmony, (b) the culture of stewardship of Mother Earth and, (c) accountability for the future. The book hopes to share and spread these ideas and suggest actions to make them happen.”
Please download the e-book here. Prof. Fazal is happy to receive comments and feedback, which can be sent to the RLC Global Secretariat.
In cooperation with the Bonn based “Association of German Development Services” (AGdD), the RLC Campus Bonn organised an international workshop focusing on research and practice concerned with human rights and marginalized people in Asia and Africa. From September 3-8, 2016, concepts and approaches of human rights, empowerment and marginalization were discussed in applied development contexts. Three Laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize” have confirmed their participation, namely: