NCHR Hosting Visiting Scholars from Indonesia, China and Vietnam
NCHR offers stipends for visiting scholars for their research related to international human rights law. In 2019, four scholars from Indonesia, China and Vietnam were awarded stipends to carry out their research at the NCHR. One of the experts came from the Party School of the Central Committee of the C.P.C in Beijing for his research project on economic development and human rights.
From left to right: Kathrine Raadim, Asbjørn Eide, Bård Anders Andreassen, Lifeng Wang, Cecilie F. Bakke, Yi Wang, Emma Charlotte Solheim Verngård and Rully Sandra (Photo:UIO)
UNGPs, Oil Palm Plantations and Casual Workers in Indonesia
Rully Sandra, researcher from Padjadjaran University in Indonesia focuses on how the United Nations “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework (UNGPs) could help to reduce labor exploitation in oil palm plantation. Furthermore, how to influence the development of human rights law in Indonesia. The sector has led to significant problems on environmental issues and abuses of labor rights. Rully specifically analyzed the labor protection for casual workers and female workers. Her objective is to provide a stronger and academically sound-basis to advocate for improvement of working conditions in plantations by using UNGPs as an entry point.
Legislation on freedom of assembly in Vietnam
Le Thi Thuy Huong is a researcher from School of Law, Hanoi National University in Vietnam. Her study is about the Legislation on Freedom of Assembly (FoA) in Vietnam, a political right that has been limitedly implemented and protected in Vietnam. Learning from international experience, she tried to identify elements that may be applicable to Vietnam, and at the same time contributing to the improvement of legal framework and the facilitation of law enforcement on freedom of assembly in the country. Her research also examined what improvements are needed for the current legislation on FoA and what should be done to ensure and to facilitate the implementation of FoA in Vietnam.
Human Rights and Economic Development: the Case of China
Professor Wang Liefeng is from the Department of Political and Legal Studies at the Party School of the Central Committee of C.P.C (National Academy of Governance) in China. His research aims to find the relationship between the protection of human rights and economic development during the transformation period in China. He argues that the protection of human rights is the purpose of economic development, through the protection of human rights, the country can realize a sustained and healthy economic development.
The Community of Shared Future for Mankind and the Rule of Law in Human Rights
Peng Qinxuan is an Associate Researcher/Lecturer at the Institute for Human Rights Studies, School of Law, Wuhan University in China. Her research topic is on the Chinese consept "Community of Shared Future for Mankind (CSFM)" and the Rule of Law in Human Rights: National and International level. CSFM, a political statement of the new leadership has been put into the latest Chinese Constitutional Amendments in 2018 as well as UNSC/UNHRC documents. CSFM has five pillars, including enduring peace, universal security, common prosperity, inclusiveness and cleanness. She intends to explain and explore what does CSFM mean exactly, and how does CSFM affect the rule of law in China and in the international society.
During the research period at NCHR, the visiting scholars have been exposed to both academic and applied approaches to the study of human rights in a multi-disciplinary environment. They had several academic discussions with experts in Oslo. Some of them also observed the local elections and the School Strike for Climate.