HHH Prof. Ron speaking Feb 1 at Brown University on Public Trust in Human Rights NGOs

James Ron on Public Trust in Human Rights NGOs
Security Seminar Series
Monday, February 1, 2016
4 p.m.
Joukowsky Forum

Public Trust in Human Rights NGOs Amidst Intense Violence

When the threat or reality of organized violence (whether by criminals, insurgents, or terrorists) is intense, human rights NGOs try to restrain the behavior of state security forces. States often chafe at these restrictions, believing that these human security actors are preventing them from responding effectively to intense security challenges.

What do publics think about human rights groups and their activities? When security conditions are poor and the specter of violence is high, does the public support rights promoters, or do they regard them as untrustworthy irritants, political fifth columns, or worse?

James Ron and his team have probed the correlates of public attitudes towards human rights groups in several countries facing the threat, or reality, of intense violence, including Colombia, Nigeria, Mexico, India, and Morocco. Drawing on their unique Human Rights Perceptions Polls, Ron will discuss patterns of support for, and trust in, international and local human rights groups. What do publics in insecure environments think of the human rights community? What drives their trust, and their mistrust, in these key human security actors?
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