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About Michael Caster

Michael Caster is a human rights advocate, researcher, and civil society consultant. He holds an MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University and an MA in Conflict Studies and Human Rights from the University of Utrecht. He has worked in China, Turkey, Tunisia, Thailand, and Myanmar. Follow him on Twitter: @michaelcaster.

Michael Caster es un defensor de los derechos humanos, investigador y consultor de la sociedad civil. Tiene una Maestría en Derecho y Diplomacia de la Fletcher School de la Universidad Tufts y una Maestría en Estudios de Conflictos y Derechos Humanos de la Universidad de Utrecht. Ha trabajado en China, Turquía, Túnez, Tailandia y Myanmar. Síguelo en Twitter: @michaelcaster.

Articles by Michael Caster

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

‘If I lose my freedom’: preemptive resistance to forced confessions in China

Human rights defenders in China are increasingly using pre-recorded statements to control narratives to protect themselves against forced confessions. 简体中文. 


当人权卫士处在一个敌对的环境下要想保证自己的数字信息安全,我们需要学习一下实用的行为方式。向openGlobalRights讨论提供资源: data and human rights. English. Español. 

Para fortalecer la seguridad digital de los defensores de derechos humanos, el comportamiento es importante

Cuando se trata de abordar la seguridad digital para los defensores de derechos humanos en entornos hostiles, tenemos que pensar más sobre el comportamiento práctico. Una contribución al debate de openGlobalRights sobre los datos y los derechos humanos. 简体中文. English.

To strengthen digital security for human rights defenders, behavior matters

When approaching digital security for human rights defenders in hostile environments, we need to think more about practical behavior. A contribution the openGlobalRights debate on data and human rights. Español. 简体中文.

Donald Trump propone recortar el financiamiento de la ONU: es una amenaza para la paz y la seguridad internacionales

Señalando claramente prioridades, Trump pidió un aumento de $ 52.000 millones en los gastos de defensa. Pero los EE.UU. ya gastan casi tanto como los siguientes 14 países juntos. English

Donald Trump’s proposal to slash UN funding: a threat to international peace and security

In a clear signal of priorities, Trump called for an increase in defence spending to $52 billion, the US already spending nearly as much as the next 14 countries combined. Español

Nonviolent activism around the Olympic Games: History and lessons learned

Whereas countless public figures have insisted that the Olympics be kept “apolitical” for decades, nonviolent action and civil society together have succeeded in revealing the hollowness of such a notion.

Against Letpadaung: copper mining in Myanmar and the struggle for human rights

Contention around a mine in Myanmar – especially police treatment of activists campaigning to close it – has grown into a challenge for the development of rule of law in that country.

In Myanmar, students test the sincerity of democratic transition

Students in Myanmar have achieved what few other citizens have since independence: the creation of a lasting national, cohesive social movement united around a core set of grievances and demands.

Matching resistance to repression in China

For domestic rights defenders in China’s high-capacity authoritarian regime, strategic actions rather than tactics of sudden unrest can achieve more in a situation of slow-onset repression.

Resistance, repression, and the cycle of violence in the Uyghur Struggle

Is the state actively engaged in decreasing participation in nonviolent resistance and delegitimizing Uyghur grievances by highlighting escalating violence?

The contentious politics of China’s New Citizens Movement

Despite their many efforts to stave off greater mobilization inspired by the ideals of the New Citizens Movement, the Party must know that eventually the force of popular mobilization will be too great to disregard by mere omission.

Internationalizing rights-based resistance in China: the UN Human Rights Council and the citizen

Chinese activists are gradually strengthening the framing of domestic grievances with the vocabulary of international human rights, marking a departure from locality-specific episodes of contention.

A sea of dissent: nonviolent waves in China

What are the lasting sources of discontent that are driving an increase in protest? What tactics are Chinese activists employing and how have nonviolent actors adapted in the face of severe government persecution?

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