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Malene Alleyene, Human Rights Lawyer and Founder of Freedom Imaginaries, enlightens us about human rights law as a tool for transformation. Through a social imaginary lens, she advocates that the protection and preservation of communities are connected to opportunities for marginalized people to create their own concept of harmonious living. In this episode, we explore a “rights based and earth centered approach” linked to the eradication of systems that are colonially rooted. We also discuss considerations for the creation of equitable systems to reduce disproportionate impacts of climate change.

We learn through Malene, to consider and contribute to the needs of Caribbean people that are not often reflected in the  “mainstream human rights field”.

It’s a conversation that reinforces the notion that climate justice is about confronting structural issues and forms of oppression.  A stimulating episode, we learn about pathways and tools to seek justice, how communities can be empowered to claim rights through advocacy. We also discuss the creation of safe spaces, justice networks and the leveraging of legal skills as some of the ways we can harness human rights to advocate for systemic change or as Malene puts it “a shared vision for living together”.

About The Guest

Maelene Alleyne

Malene Alleyne is an international human rights lawyer and researcher from Jamaica. She has experience working with human rights bodies and organizations such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations, and the International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School. Malene holds a Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School and a Master of Advanced Studies degree from the Graduate Institute of International Studies, Geneva. She received her Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Eckerd College. She is qualified to practice law in Jamaica, having received her Legal Education Certificate of Merit from the Norman Manley Law School.