Each academic year, a group of students are selected as the Duke Human Rights Center’s Global Human Rights Scholars.
As part of their work, students become “Rights Writers,” blogging monthly about a human rights topic of their choice, ranging from human rights abuses to the purpose and responsibilities of the United Nations. Through research, the Rights Writers provide unique context from their view of the world and its humanitarian challenges.
Sanjeev Dasgupta is a junior from New Delhi, India majoring in Political Science. He is interested in the intersection of human rights and conflict, particularly with respect to conflict transformation and peacebuilding, forced displacement and refugee rights, and statelessness. Sanjeev was a participant of the Duke Immerse program offered by Kenan in the Spring of 2016, and traveled to Jordan for a month to conduct life-story interviews with Syrian and Iraqi refugees. He is also involved with the Kenan Refugee Project as a tutor for MASTERY and as a member of a Bass Connections team with a focus on public scholarship. Sanjeev is also an avid sports photographer, having been on staff at the Duke Chronicle for his entire Duke career so far.
Daniela Flamini is a sophomore who plans on double majoring in International Comparative Studies and English, and hopes to pursue a career in journalism. Though she moved to the U.S. from her hometown Caracas, Venezuela when she was only three years old, she has been working with the Venezuelan community in Miami her whole life, fighting for human rights and trying to raise international awareness of the country’s situation. Daniela loves writing and reading, and is proud of her heritage and the strength of the nation she comes from.
Celia Garrett is a sophomore from Rye, NY majoring in Public Policy and pursuing minors in History and French. At Duke, she is involved with the Kenan Institutes’ refugee project through the MASTERY program, Duke Partnership for Service, and plays on the women’s club lacrosse team.Through BASS Connections, she is researching the effects of school tracking on students’ academic identity and the potential moderating effects of parental involvement. Her human rights interests lie in international protection and accountability mechanisms, specifically in regards to the escalating conflict in Sudan and UN involvement in South Sudan.
Rym Khadhraoui is a Fulbright scholar and an LL.M student at Duke University, with a special focus on Human rights law. Before coming to Duke, Rym studied public international law and political science in France and in Lebanon. With the Arab Spring starting in Tunisia, she moved to the country where she was born to join the international NGO Oxfam working on advocacy, policy and communication for the North African region. The areas of focus were citizen mobilization, gender justice and political accountability. She is very interested in racial and gender issues in postcolonial context. Rym also likes film-based photography and Harry Potter.
Sarah Sibley is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado pursuing degrees in some combination of Political Science, Computer Science, and Statistics. Sarah worked as a field organizer for a US senate race in 2014 while on a gap year, and spent the second half of her gap year in China and interning in Washington, D.C. Sarah is interested in the intersection between justice and democracy, and plans to attend law school.
Liz White is a senior studying Public Policy and French. She currently lives in Washington D.C., but grew up in France and Switzerland. While at Duke, she studied abroad at Sciences Po in Paris. The past summer, she conducted research in Rwanda for her senior thesis on the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and its definition of genocide. She is interested in international criminal justice.