Due to the major success of last year’s run, Human Rights Watch is once again sponsoring a team of 25 people to participate in one of the most scenic city runs in the world - the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon on Sunday 14 October 2018.
- 13.1 mile lap - view and download the route
- Takes in the capital’s world-famous landmarks on closed roads
- Runs through Hyde Park, Green Park, St James’s Park and Kensington Gardens
Thank you to all those who sent in applications. Our slots are now full for 2018.
Already got your own place?
If you've already got a place in the Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon but would like to run for Human Rights Watch, we would love to have you on our team. Email us to join the team.
Want to join the Human Rights Watch Cheering Squad?
A group of volunteers will be stationed at various points on the route map to hold up a custom HRW banner and cheer on our runner team. Your support is crucial to motivating our runners and helping them get to the finish line.
Members of the cheering squad will receive:
- 1 Custom Human Rights Watch running vest
- Food and drinks before and after the race
They will also get the chance to meet and mingle with Human Rights Watch staff, as well as the runner team. To join the squad, email Lauriane Wolfe at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get in touch
If you have any questions about this event, please contact Lauriane Wolfe, UK Associate for Development and Outreach at Human Rights Watch.
RUN FOR US
“The Royal Parks Half has become one of the most popular events in the running calendar. It allows runners to experience the beauty and history of Central London first hand, taking in four magnificent Royal Parks,” says Clare Bowen of The Royal Parks. “Many people don’t realise they have a second chance to run the race even if they didn’t get in through the ballot. And by running for a charity close to your heart, you’ll be helping others, as well as conquering a huge personal challenge – it’s a win-win situation. ”
The event also continues to promote its green credentials and sustainable ethos. In 2017, every plastic bottle used on the course and 58% of waste from the food festival was recycled. In addition, 891kg of discarded clothing was saved from going to a landfill site and sustainable materials are used throughout all aspects of the event including bamboo and recycled polyester shirts, wooden medals and banana composting bins, to name just a few.
HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH
Human Rights Watch accepts no government funding and relies on the generosity of individual donors and institutional foundations. We are appealing to our global network of supporters to help us fund the work of the Environment and Human rights Division. Join our global community and stand with us in defending and protecting human rights worldwide.
DONATE to support our 30 runners and push for the right to a healthy environment.
WHY WE ARE RUNNING
As our generation faces serious environmental and social crises, the potential of the right to a healthy environment for progressive development and accountability cannot be understated. Its global recognition is long overdue. This right brings together the environmental dimensions of civil, cultural, economic, political, and social rights, and protects the core elements of the natural environment that enable a life of dignity. It will give those exposed to mercury in artisanal gold mines in the Philippines, those poisoned by soot in Piquiá de Baixo in northeastern Brazil, those contaminated by lead in Kosovo, and activists attacked for protecting their environment and lands, the tools and political leverage they need to defend their rights.
ENVIRONMENT AND HUMAN RIGHTS DIVISION
As the world urbanizes and industrializes, and as the effects of climate change intensify, environmental crises will increasingly devastate the lives, health, and livelihoods of people around the globe. Human Rights Watch has made human rights central to how governments and other powerful actors respond to these environmental threats. In response to the rising demand for our work linking human rights and the environment, in 2017 we established a dedicated Environment Program—the only one of its kind at any human rights organization.
Your strong support will help us conduct research and advocacy focused on three critical themes: environmental defenders, toxic pollution, and climate change.
HOW YOUR SUPPORT WILL HELP
£8,000* Helps publish/promote a report that exposes the truth & gives voice to millions at risk from environmental impacts.
£4,500* Hires a photographer or videographer to visually document the EHR research findings for a multimedia piece
£2,000* Supports a week long EHR researcher fact-finding mission
£800* Sends an EHR researcher to a world capital to discuss findings with key advocacy targets
£500* Hires an interpreter, guide, and vehicle for one day of research
£200* Provides a 4GB Smart Pen to aid a researcher’s field work.
SOME OF OUR 2018 RUNNERS...
Deputy Executive Director, Program, Human Rights Watch (@iainlevine)
Iain Levine oversees the organization's research and reporting work. He has particular expertise in humanitarian crises, protection of civilians in conflict, and children's rights. Levine's field experience includes more than 10 years in Sudan and Mozambique working on humanitarian programs with particular emphasis on protection of children and other civilians.
Marcos Orellana worked most recently at the Washington DC-based Center for International Environmental Law (CIEL). At CIEL, Marcos collaborated with many environmental and human rights groups and multilateral institutions around the world, participated at processes leading to environmental agreements, and conducted advocacy on environmental issues at regional and global human rights forums.
Why Marcos is running
“The right to a healthy environment brings together all that humanity has learned about how human rights and the environment interact. It encompasses the environmental dimensions of the rights to life, health, food, water, sanitation, property, private life, culture, and non-discrimination, among others.”
Coming from a Swiss-Lebanese background, I now find myself in London teaching yoga and all things bendy. After doing a skydive to raise money for the Protect Schools campaign at Human Rights Watch, I wanted to support them again but with my feet firmly on the ground this time.
Why Amanda is running
“Coming from a country that is no stranger to war and political conflict and currently dealing with a massive garbage crisis, I want to take action against violations to human rights in areas affected by environmental harm.”
RECENT REPORTS AND ARTICLES
March 1, 2018 Commentary in World Policy: “The Case for a Right to a Healthy Environment”
February 14, 2018 Dispatch: “Court Embraces Right to a Healthy Environment in the Americas”
January 12, 2018 Dispatch: “Indonesia’s ‘Anti-Communism’ Law Used Against Environmental Activist”
December 1, 2017 News Release: “Lebanon: Waste Crisis Posing Health Risks”
February 1, 2018 Dispatch: “Cape Town’s Water Crisis Response Needs to Protect the Rights of Millions”
October 15, 2015: “There is No Time Left”