Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

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The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI) is an experienced research and academic institution with offices, programmes, and convening power covering 40 countries. RWI's mission is to combine evidence-based human rights research with direct engagement with international organizations, governments, national human rights institutions, the justice sector, local and regional authorities, universities, and the business sector to bring about human rights change for all. This is done by having a network-based organization that works through strong partnerships with previously mentioned actors and through that bring about a wider understanding of, and respect for, human rights and international humanitarian law.

This independent academic institution affiliated with Lund University was established in 1984 and was named after Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of Jews and other people at risk in Hungary at the end of World War II.

The offices of RWI are placed in Europe (Lund, Stockholm, Belarus and Turkey), Asia (Jakarta, Beijing, and Cambodia), Sub-Saharan Africa (Nairobi) and in Middle East and North Africa (Amman).

The thematic areas that RWI have chosen to focus on are:

  • People on the Move (migration management and human rights of refugees)
  • Inclusive Societies (inclusion of migrants and refugees)
  • Fair and Efficient Justice (promote the development of justice systems providing access to justice for all)
  • Economic Globalization and Human Rights (increase knowledge and understanding about the regulation and human rights impacts of economic globalization)
  • The Greenhouse (Human Rights and Corruption, Gender Equality, and Human Rights Education)

The Institute has sometimes also taken the initiative to establish networks between cooperation partners, such as the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN). There has also been cooperation with the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) and the Asia Pacific Forum on National Human Rights Institutions (APF).

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