Chayes Fellow Purun Cheong on working at the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative in Uganda

Sunset in Kampala

Sunset in Kampala. Image courtesy of Purun Cheong.

I’m working with two other interns in the research and advocacy division, and our primary work so far has been on a report on extrajudicial killings (extrajudicial executions, excessive use of force, and mob justice killings), which we’ve taken the responsibility of researching and drafting.

This week we are interviewing journalists about instances of mob justice and other incidents, and will probably interview some police officials on mob justice incidents (the causes and their methods of preventing or addressing mob justice) while we conduct our regular monitoring of police stations.

Two weeks ago we investigated an unusual, high-profile case of child abuse, in which a mother had left her 4 year-old at home for several days until the child was in an extremely emaciated state. The news story had gone national over the weekend and the mother had been arrested and so we went to the police station to talk with the police officers of the Child and Family Protection Unit and the mother.

Although child neglect doesn’t necessarily fall under the scope of human rights violations, FHRI has many connections to other Ugandan NGOs that address family issues and could provide support to the child, and as such we were investigating the incident to inform those other NGOs.

Purun is one of 19 HLS students working this summer in 15 countries under the auspices of the Chayes International Public Service Fellowship. Please visit our Chayes Fellowship page to learn more!




Meet the 2015 Chayes Fellows

Nineteen Harvard Law School students have been awarded the 2015 Chayes International Public Service Fellowship this summer. They are working abroad in China, Colombia, France, Ghana, India, Kenya, Myanmar, Namibia, Palestine, South Africa, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, and the United Kingdom, as well as in Washington, DC. Read the 2015 Chayes Fellows Biographies.