Dr Hazel Cameron
Dr Cameron has academic expertise in East African and Southern African administrative, political, economic and social issues, with a specific focus on Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Uganda and South Africa. She has over thirty years of experience providing expert witness testimony at criminal and civil courts of law in the UK and abroad, including the Torture Claims Appeal Board, Hong Kong. She is fully conversant with the duties and responsibilities of an expert witness to the court. The expert is a critical criminologist with a particular research interest in state crime including genocide, crimes against humanity and other gross violations of human rights. She is qualified to provide comments on issues that include Abortion| Asylum| Country Case Law| Crimes Against Humanity| Criminal Justice System| Document Authentication| Disability| Domestic Violence| Education| Election Violence| Employment| Ethnic Groups| Ethnic Violence| Food Security| Gender Based Violence| Genocide| Gross Violations of Human Rights| Health Care Availability| Health Insurance| Housing| Human Trafficking| Internal Relocation| Language| LGBTI| Mental Health Services| Organised Crime| Opposition Politics| Policing| Political Violence| Prison Conditions| Refugees| Risks on Return| Sexual Violence| Social Groups| State Security Forces| State Sponsored Violence| Sufficiency of Protection| Torture| Witchcraft| Witness Protection|
She is also available for document authentication, in-country document certification, in-country document retrieval, and other in-country enquiries on behalf of the court/tribunal.
Her research to date has received regional, national and international media attention. Multiple live television and radio interviews have been undertaken with Sky news; France 24; TVR; South Africa Broadcasting Corporation; Chinese television; Australian television; Euronews; Channel 4; British Forces Radio; Russian Television, BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service, and BBC Radio Scotland. Research has featured in newspaper articles around the globe, including the United Kingdom, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Canada, Australia, France, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, and the USA.
Dr Treasa Galvin
Treasa Galvin is now a Senior Lecturer and a co-ordinator of the Master’s Degree in Development Practice at the University of Botswana. Previously, she taught at Trinity College in Dublin and at the University of Zimbabwe. She is a social anthropologist and teaches now Anthropology and Sociology. Her reasearch interests are in migration and refugee movements, ethnic relations, kinship and family structures and social changes and developments issues in Southern Africa. Dr Galvin has conducted research in Zimbabwe, Ireland, Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa and has successfully provided expert opinion reports for asylum-seekers.
Professor Diana Jeater
Emeritus Professor of African History, University of the West of England, Bristol, UK
Associate Dean (Education), School of Histories, Languages & Cultures, Uni of Liverpool, UK
Diana Jeater has almost twenty years’ experience providing expert reports for professionals and organisations representing Zimbabwean asylum seekers and refugees. Professor Jeater has also provided expert reports in child abuse, terrorism and witchcraft cases related to Zimbabwe. She has acted as Independent Assessor of the Country of Origin Information (COI) Report on Zimbabwe for the UK’s Independent Advisory Group on Country Information (IAGCI) and as an expert speaker in the HJT Training workshop for lawyers working in asylum and refugee law.
Laura Young, JD, MPH
Laura is a US-trained human rights lawyer based in Nairobi, Kenya who works across sub-Saharan Africa as a consultant on governance and human rights for USAID, the UN, governments, and international NGOs. Laura has published numerous articles and reports focused on conflict dynamics, gender, minority rights, transitional justice, migration, health, and other human rights issues in the African context. Laura has provided expert input for immigration and asylum cases in both the US and UK, focused on LGBT, FGM/C, domestic violence, trafficking, access to health services (including mental health and HIV), ex-combatants, ethnic minorities, disability access, police protection, and other key issues.
Reports, Commentaries and relevant Documents
- 2022 COI Report on Zimbabwe, published by the Asylum Research Centre (ARC), and focusing on the political, humanitarian and human rights situation, particularly for specific at risk profiles and vulnerable groups identified to be of relevance in refugee status determination for Zimbabwean nationals. The research was commissioned by UNHCR and is concentrated on events that took place between 1 January 2020 and 31 August 2022.
- Commentary on the April 2012 Zimbabwe OGN. Published by Still Human, Still Here with commentaries on the Operational Guidance Notes (OGN) issued by the UK Border Agency on Zimbabwe. This is intended as a tool to assist legal practitioners identify the relevant country of origin information and to help ensure that all relevant material is considered by decision-makers.
- Commentary on the April 2011 Zimbabwe OGN. Published by Still Human, Still Here with commentaries on the Operational Guidance Notes (OGN) issued by the UK Border Agency on Zimbabwe. This is intended as a tool to assist legal practitioners identify the relevant country of origin information and to help ensure that all relevant material is considered by decision-makers.