A new class of fellows whose work extends from Iraq to Rwanda will join the Kennedy School of Government’s (KSG) Center for Human Rights Policy for the 2004-05 academic year. The class of fellows includes experts and activists from various disciplines including anthropology, law, and journalism, and will focus on topics ranging from democratization within Islamic tradition to postwar reconciliation.
“We are pleased to welcome an extraordinary group of fellows that includes true leaders and heroes in the human rights field,” said center director Michael Ignatieff.
Lt. Gen. Romeo A. Dallaire is a special adviser to the Canadian minister responsible for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) on matters relating to war-affected children around the world, and to the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade on the nonproliferation of small arms. Dallaire formerly served as force commander for the UN Assistance Mission in Rwanda (UNAMIR) in 1993, during the Rwandan genocide, and is the author of the best-selling book “Shake Hands With the Devil.”
Tiawan Saye Gongloe, a human rights lawyer and an unwavering critic of the abuses of the Liberian government under Charles Taylor, has been at the forefront of the struggle for justice in Liberia for the past two decades. During his time at the Carr Center, Gongloe plans to examine the failings of the Liberian judiciary and the justice system’s role in contributing to the breakdown of the state.
Geoffrey Nyarota is a journalist from Zimbabwe and founded The Daily News, the country’s only independent daily newspaper. Last year he was Nieman Fellow at Harvard and, as a Carr Center Fellow, he proposes to undertake research on ethnicity as a factor in the liberation struggle and post-independence national politics of Zimbabwe.
Emran Qureshi is an independent scholar, writer, and freelance journalist. While at the Carr Center he will be examining modern intellectual traditions dealing with democratization and notions of rights and liberties within Islamic philosophical and theological traditions.
Bertrand Ramcharan, an international expert and leader on the international law and practice of human rights, is the first recipient of the Goodman United Nations Fellowship at KSG and will be a part of the Carr Center for the 2004 fall semester. Ramcharan most recently served as UN acting high commissioner for human rights.
Rosalind Shaw is an associate professor of anthropology at Tufts University, and has carried out extensive ethnographic field research in Sierra Leone since 1977. She is currently writing up a four-year project on postwar memory, healing, and reconciliation in Sierra Leone that forms the basis for a broad reappraisal of truth commissions and the promotion of more locally effective processes of healing and social recovery following mass violence.
Rory Stewart joins the Carr Center after working for the Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) in Iraq as deputy governorate coordinator (Amara/Maysan), and senior adviser and deputy governorate coordinator (Nasiriyah/Dhi Qar). Stewart has held various positions in the United Kingdom Foreign Office.