Kalvis Engīzers is a recent postgraduate of the University of Latvia, and now a lawyer in one of the leading law firms in the Baltic States. During his time at the university, he gained particular interest in freedom of speech of persons exercising public authority, but most prominently judges of the constitutional court who are also legal scholars. One of Engizers’ biggest influences regarding free speech was the philosopher and legal scholar Ronald Dworkin, who was a supporter of, and contributor to, Index on Censorship magazine.
Oliver is a PhD student in comparative literature at the University of Oxford. His research analyses the public reception to dissident and subversive representations of war and totalitarianism in glasnost-era Russia and post-unification Germany respectively, with a particular focus on the work of the dissident Soviet writer Vasilii Grossman and the Nobel Prize Winning West German author Heinrich Böll. Oliver is also the online editor of Free Speech Debate, a 13-language, University of Oxford-based online research project studying free speech in the age of the Internet and mass migration.
Arpitha is a lawyer based in New Delhi, India. As an avid student of constitutional law, she is passionate about civil liberties with a keen interest in censorship, surveillance, and digital rights. Keeping in mind the ever-evolving nature of technology and the needs of the Government, industry, and common man, Arpitha believes that law and policy must strike a holistic balance between conflicting rights.
What is the youth advisory board?
The youth board is a specially selected group of young people aged 16-25 who advise and inform Index on Censorship’s work, support our ambition to fight for free expression around the world and ensure our engagement with issues with tomorrow’s leaders. The current members are sitting from January to June 2019.
Why does Index have a youth board?
Index on Censorship is committed to fighting censorship not only now, but also in future generations, and we want to ensure that the realities and challenges experienced by young people in today’s world are properly reflected in our work.
Index is also aware that there are many who would like to commit some or all of their professional lives to fighting for human rights and the youth board is our way of supporting the broadest range of young people to develop their voice, find paths to freely expressing it and potential future employment in the human rights, media, and arts sectors.
An English literature graduate from the University of Bristol, Kate has spent a year travelling to majority world countries, including a 3 month stay with Raleigh International and a volunteering stint in the Calais Refugee Community. She is studying journalism at News Associates in London, and has had her work published in both environmental magazines and local papers.Her passions lie in establishing a stronger voice for developing countries and moving the environmental conversation forward.
Gunyeop is a Master’s student in security studies at UCL. He is originally from South Korea. He intends to obtain PhD in political science and either work as a professor or at the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is interested in a wide range of subjects, including political violence, terrorism, religious freedom, and secularism. Last year, he has completed internships in Israel, one in peace non-profit organization and the other in counter-terrorism think tank.
Emma is a recent postgraduate from the Institute of Development Studies, where she focused on popular movements and inequality. She holds a BA (Hons) in politics and international relations from the University of Nottingham. She has actively campaigned for various gender issues and was elected Women’s Officer for the Student’s Union in Nottingham. Her research largely focuses on the western Balkans, where she aims to contribute to freedom of expression in the civil society sector. She has worked in various human rights organisations and is committed to continuing on that path.
Melissa Zisengwe is a young Zimbabwean journalist living in South Africa. She holds a BA (Hons) in journalism from Rhodes University in Journalism and Media Studies, with a focus on broadcast media. She currently works at JamLab and CTIN at the University of the Witwatersrand. Her work currently centres around journalism innovation and civic tech innovation in Africa.
Melat Eskender is a 17-year-old freelance journalist from Columbus,OH. She advocates for press freedom and for the civil rights ofimmigrants, people of colour, and the LBGTQ+ community through writingand activism. She spends the rest of her time leading her school’s Model United Nations, researching various human rights issues and collaborating with other students to find solutions. In the future, she plans to pursue international reporting with a focus on human rights.