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LSE Human Rights blog is a student-led project based in the Department of Sociology. It is a place for open discussion of ideas, events, and critical views on the topic of human rights – whatever the term means to you.

Anyone is free to contribute ideas for articles to the blog. LSE MSc Human Rights and MSc Human Rights and Politics students and members of the LSE Human Rights Doctoral Network are welcome to join the Editorial Team. If you are a student interested in joining the editorial board, just send an email to

The views expressed on the blog belong to the author alone.

Editor Biographies


Cherry is a writer, editor and researcher exploring the intersection of social justice, education and media literacy. Until last year, she was working as a senior reporter in India covering politics and human rights. Before becoming a journalist, Cherry was fighting educational inequity as a Teach for India fellow. If you fancy a chat about South Asia, give her a (virtual) shout! She tweets @QuilledWords.


Completing her BA in International Relations with Drama and now an MSc Human Rights and Politics student; Kanon’s academic interests are an interdisciplinary roller-coaster ride from decolonial studies and sustainable development, to political theatre and neurolaw. Her current focus is her dissertation topic on the human rights violation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Outside of her studies, she enjoys discovering new vegan recipes!


Kathleen Larkin is a MSc Human Rights and Politics student at LSE. Originally from New York City, she came to London to research counterterrorism and global affairs, as well as work on her British accent. Outside of classes, she enjoys traveling, baking, staying fit, and cuddling with her many pets.


After completing a BA English at King’s College London, Mathilde moved across the street to start the MSc in Human Rights and Politics at LSE. She is writing her dissertation on humanitarian engagement with non-state armed groups in Syria and the DRC, and is therefore particularly interested in the dynamics, terminologies and documentation of internal armed conflicts. She hopes to work in conflict management and peacebuilding in the humanitarian sector or as a journalist documenting human rights abuses in conflict. Alongside the Human Rights blog, Mathilde is also editor of the LSESU Amnesty International journal.


ShehrBano completed her BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 2018, after which she went on to work in the development sector. She is now an MSc Human Rights and Politics student at LSE. Her dissertation focuses on tracing the etymology of honour killing and its impact on the policy directed towards gender-based violence in South Asia. She is also interested in post-colonial studies, minority rights and partition studies. In her free time, she likes watching Bollywood movies.


Sophie is an MSc Human Rights student whose academic interests include post-colonialism, gender, and migration. A former English as a foreign language teacher, Sophie has lived and worked in Paris, France and Osaka, Japan. In her spare time, Sophie volunteers with the British Red Cross and hopes to pursue humanitarian work full-time upon graduating.

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