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August 20, 2018

Hate speech continues to dehumanize Rohingya and other Muslims in Myanmar through Facebook, according to this investigative report—Why Facebook is Losing the War on Hate Speech—by Reuters’ Steve Stecklow with contributions from our Human Rights Investigations Lab.

July 31, 2018

Health and Human Rights Program Director Julie Freccero and Researcher Audrey Whiting presented their research findings on protection risks associated with cash assistance programs at a three-day workshop—the “Safer Cash Toolkit Design Workshop”— hosted by the International Rescue Committee this week. Even as global aid agencies are increasingly giving cash to people affected by humanitarian crises, a significant lack of research exists about the protection risks of these programs for vulnerable people.

June 30, 2018

Toward an End to Child Marriage Report CoverUC Berkeley’s Human Rights Center, in partnership with Save the Children, is releasing Toward an End to Child Marriage—a study that spotlights insights from 21 co

June 20, 2018

This week’s announcement that the United States will withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council signals our nation’s abdication of responsibilities to uphold international ​human rights and justice. This decision sends the message that the United States is willing to turn a blind eye to human rights offenders and ​thus bolster impunity.

April 2, 2018

In light of these concerning figures, Microsoft, the Center for Responsible Business at Berkeley Haas, and the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley School of Law co-hosted their second annual conference on Business, Technology, and Human Rights on March 21st, 2018. This year’s focus was on the future of work and the conversation brought a much-needed optimistic view on how stronger stakeholder interactions, including public-private partnerships, can yield a more sustainable labor market in the future.

February 22, 2018

From the Life of the Law podcastLife of the Law’s team of journalists and scholars have published a three-part series of feature investigative reports on Uganda, examining the long-term impact of the violence committed on the people of the East African nation by rebels with the Lord’s Resistance Army or LRA. Beginning in the mid-1980’s and for more than a decade, LRA rebels abducted 60,000 people from towns and villages in northern Uganda, many of them young girls and boys who were then forced to fight, kill and loot.

November 2, 2017

The Intercept

Alexa Koenig weighs in on Youtube and Facebook video removals which jeopardize cases against war criminals in an article with The Intercept.

October 19, 2017

For criminal investigators, seeing is not believing. The keys to their work are skepticism, multiple hypotheses, and guarding against bias. It takes specialized training to apply that mindset in the digital world where yearly, a trillion photographs and videos are uploaded.

July 30, 2017

Al Jazeera

HRC's Julie Freccero was on Al Jazeera this morning discussing human trafficking—from Greece to California.

July 13, 2017

ABC 7 News
BERKELEY, Calif. (KGO) --

Students from four universities around the world have made it their mission to authenticate videos and photos coming from the ground in conflict zones. UC Berkeley is one of the schools involved through the School of Law's Human Rights Investigations Lab.

Videos or pictures, sent over the internet, have been known to be altered for propaganda purposes.

June 28, 2017

UC Berkeley News

Adebayo Okeowo traveled more than 10,000 miles to UC Berkeley from South Africa. Alexandria Matic, from Canada, came from 2,500 miles away. A handful of United Kingdom residents journeyed 5,000 miles to campus, too.

They’re among 35 young people at a first-ever summit for the growing workforce of college students being trained worldwide to review and verify digital content — typically videos shot by citizens who witnessed atrocities —  that could help human rights lawyers prosecute war criminals...

May 10, 2017

The Guardian

The Human Rights Center’s Kim Thuy Seelinger was in Dakar, Senegal, where the court upheld the conviction of former Chad dictator Hissène Habré for crimes against humanity, including for sexual violence, but not for an individual rape conviction.  Seelinger writes about the decision in The Guardian—“Hissène Habré’s rape acquittal must not be quietly airbrushed from history.”

April 14, 2017

SF Chronical

Andrea Trewinnard had been poring over satellite images of the Syrian city of Idlib for hours when she spotted a clue connecting an online video to a bombed marketplace: The shadow of a minaret, indistinguishable to the untrained eye.

“When I see a mosque, I’m happy,” she said.

January 17, 2017

ALOUD Podcast

Based on years of research and in-depth interviews with prosecutors, investigators, and diplomats—authors Alexa Koenig, Victor Peskin and Eric Stover examine the global effort to capture the world’s most wanted fugitives in their seminal book, Hiding in Plain Sight. The authors trace the evolution of international justice and how to hold accountable mass murderers like Adolf Eichmann, Saddam Hussein, Ratko Mladic, Joseph Kony, and Osama bin Laden.

December 9, 2016

In celebration of International Human Rights Day, the Human Rights & Business Initiative (HRBI) coordinated through the Center for Responsible Business (CRB) at Berkeley-Haas is excited to announce new partnerships with Microsoft and Humanity United, two global leaders in the advancement of corporate human rights management.

November 18, 2016

As an increasing number of companies grapple with integrating human rights considerations into their everyday business operations, the question that I hear time and time again is, “What is the business case for corporate human rights management?” Values to Valuation, an ambitious new academic research project, seeks to provide a clear answer.

Center for Responsible Business at Berkeley-Haas

As an increasing number of companies grapple with integrating human rights considerations into their everyday business operations, the question that I hear time and time again is, “What is the business case for corporate human rights management?” Values to Valuation, an ambitious new academic research project, seeks to provide a clear answer.

August 4, 2016

A living wage, equal pay for equal work, access to healthcare, family leave, freedom of religion, and non-discrimination: what do these issues have in common?  They are all issues central to this year’s U.S. presidential election campaign.  And they are all fundamental human rights.  For many of us who have worked in business and human rights for many years, seeing human rights elevated to a central theme in this election is truly exciting.  These issues do not just concern all of us as human beings, they are also critical to business.

February 3, 2016

Companies are taking more responsibility for combatting human rights violations worldwide and Berkeley-Haas is taking bold steps to help businesses achieve their goals.

Late last year the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business launched the Human Rights & Business Initiative. The initiative combines existing and new courses with cutting-edge research and outreach programs to help companies devise their own human rights strategies.