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Crossing Borders #2: Understanding Human Trafficking

This is our second event in the “Crossing Border” series exploring trans-national human rights issues. Human trafficking is an issue that affects women, men and children and exploits human beings for different purposes, mainly labour and sex. This event will look into the magnitude of the issues as well as its causes and consequences.

Time: Saturday the 6th of February 14-17

Place: Studenterhuset, Købmagergade 52

14:00-14:10 Intro on Think Rights
14:10-14:40 Documentary screening: “Affected for Life”
14:40-15:00 “What is human trafficking?” by Line Møller Christiansen, MSc in Political Science and vice-chairman of Think Rights
15:00-15:30 coffee and cake break
15:30-16:00 “The Causes of Human Trafficking” by Christian Groes, anthropologist, PhD in public health and associate professor at Roskilde University
16:00-16:30 “Human Trafficking and Forced Labour – Trends, Challenges & Responses” by Anders Lisborg, senior advisor at Center Mod Menneskehandel
16:30-17:00 Q&A

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Think Rights is looking for a project manager

Think Rights is looking for a volunteer project manager for a seminar series exploring the historical events that has shaped the international human rights regime.

About Think Rights

Founded in 2013, Think Rights is a non-profit human rights organization that seeks to facilitate the debate and exchange between Danish students, researchers and practitioners in human rights. The organization is comprised of independent working groups that deal with specific projects, including human trafficking, business and human rights, women’s rights, and The Universal – an annual human rights journal with an interdisciplinary scope publishing research by students, recent graduates and researchers.

About “Atrocities and the History of Human Rights”

“Atrocities and the History of Human Rights” is the working title for a proposed series of seminars where researchers will present their insights into historical atrocities and how such events shape the international human rights regime.

The seminars will run from February to June 2016.

The seminars will be interdisciplinary in scope and combine insights from history, law, political science and sociology. Possible cases to be explored include: the Holocaust, the Apartheid regime and the response of the international community, the Rwanda Genocide, the Bosnian genocide, ethnic cleansing in Darfur, and the Responsibility to Protect (R2P).

About the volunteering opportunity

You will be working with a team of volunteers with different backgrounds. You will be responsible for planning and organizing the seminar series, which will include background research into the proposed topics, securing partnerships with other relevant organizations and experts, booking speakers and venues etc. Finally, you will work in conjunction with our intern on promoting the seminar series.

About you

  • are a university graduate or a student in social science or humanities
  • are fluent in English
  • have good oral and written communication
  • have good administrative skills
  • are interested in human rights

It is an advantage if you

  • have experience with volunteer work
  • have experience with project management
  • have experience with fundraising
  • have experience with education, teaching or curriculum planning
  • have knowledge within one or more of the following subjects: international relations, world history, political history, human rights, international criminal law, peace and conflict studies
Send your CV and application to not later than August 30th.

Business Human Rights – Start up meeting

August 19th at 15.00

At Levende Menneskerettigheder – Human Rights in Action, Nyhavn

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International human rights standards have traditionally been the responsibility of governments, aimed at regulating relations between the State and individuals and groups. But with the increased role of corporate actors, nationally and internationally, the issue of business’ impact on the enjoyment of human rights has been placed on the agenda of the United Nations.
Think Rights supports this agenda. We are having a start up meeting to establish the new working group for all who are interested in business human rights.

Thomas Trier, external consultant for Deloitte and lawyer specializing in human rights

Representative from Danish Institute for Human Rights (more information will be posted soon)

We want you to bring your curiosity and input. We are open to all ideas and we look forward to dicuss the need for action on this topic with you.

If you want to know more about human rights in a business perspective see the UN Guiding Principles.

15.00 – 15.20
Welcome: ”Think Rights & Business Human Rights”
By Jakob Lindmark Frier and Alexander Andersson

15.20 – 16.00
Presentation: “Human Rights Management in Nordic Businesses”
By Thomas Trier, external consultant at Deloitte and lawyer specialising in human rights

16.00 – 16.45
Case: ”Business Human Rights in a Danish Context”
By Danish Institute for Human Rights

16.45 – 17.00

Brainstorming: new focus area



Crossing Borders: New Perspectives on the Roma Population in Denmark

This event is part of a series of debate meetings (Crossing Borders) regarding sensitive issues in today’s society. The first in the series concerns the issues surrounding the Roma population in Denmark. As one of the largest minority groups in Europe, the Roma and their status is a hotly-debated topic in the EU, and one that is often accompanied by negative connotations. By providing an impartial and discernible arena from which to debate these issues, we hope to move away from the limitations of isolated events reporting favored by the media and more towards an inclusive understanding of the bigger picture.

Time: April 27th at 18.30
Place: Studenterhuset, Købmagergade, Copenhagen

The Speakers:
– Ioana Bunescu, Postdoctoral researcher in migration and inter-ethnic relations
– Jonas Pors, anthropologist and Roma rights specialist
– Benedicte Eichen, sociologist/criminologist and human rights activist

18:30- 18:45 Introduction – What is Think Rights?
18:45-19:00 Ioana Bunescu on Roma Identities
19:00-19:15 Break
19:15- 19:30 Jonas Pors on EU legislation on the Roma
19:30-19:45 Benedicte Eichen on the stigmatization and prejudice and the Roma
19:45-20:00 Q&A session

We also invite you to join us for some beers after the event.

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Film Club start-up meeting


So many good human rights documentaries are out there just waiting to be watched – be it about women’s rights in India, civil rights in Bahrain or surveillance in the States. Think Rights wants to bring these documentaries to a Copenhagen audience.

The plan is to host a monthly human rights film club where we screen a documentary about some kind of current event/topic followed by a debate/panel discussion with interesting people.

We are currently looking at venues and the first volume of the film club is (hopefully) going to happen in late May, so we are putting together a film club team right now.

Why should you join us?
– You will gain experience in organising events from idea to result
– You can get a lot of influence on how the film club is going to be in the future as the event in May is going to be a kind of prototype
– You will meet other people with the same passion for human rights and documentaries as you
– It is going to be fun

If you aren’t 100 percent sure that this is for you but still interested in hearing more – then don’t be shy, join the meeting. Everyone is welcome!

Time: April 16th at 19.00
Place: Sofiegården, Sofiegade 1, 1418 Christianshavn, Copenhagen

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Information meeting and general assembly

At the meeting we will introduce new members to our work and plans for 2015. If you have any ideas for new projects and events that Think Rights could work on you are more than welcome to pitch them and we can help you start a new working group.

March 11th, 7.30 pm

Humanity in Action Denmark
Farvergade 27, opg b
1463 Copenhagen C

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