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Friederike Stahlmann is member of the Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle (Saale), Germany. Her main areas of expertise regarding Afghanistan are:


- Critical areas of governance (state and non-state)

- Armed factions (Warlords, Taliban, ISIS)

- Laws and judicial system

- Islamic Law in theory and practice

- Failures of justice institutions (state and non-state)

- Human Rights: law, debates and violations

- Particularly vulnerable groups

- Unaccompanied minor refugees

- Availability of medical service

- Afghan diaspora in Pakistan and Iran

PhD Candidate, Consultant

British/American journalist with ten years’ experience covering human rights, health and immigration in West Africa and for refugee populations. Extensive experience in Liberia, where the expert lived for seven years. Deep knowledge of social, political and contextual issues in my countries of expertise.

Journalist and researcher
Cote d`Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone

Dr. Tran Thi Lan Anh (PhD in Law) has worked as a senior official for the Vietnamese Government. Expert holds PhD in Law from the School of Law, University of Leeds and worked as post-doctoral researcher on human rights here.

Dr. Tran Thi Lan Anh is also an expert on various aspect of Vietnam in include the socio-economic system, legal regime, human rights, political regime, women and children, and human trafficking. This expert has written many expert reports and made numerous appearances at the court as an expert witness.

Independent Consultant, Representative for the Vietnam Private Business Association in the United Kingdom; Visiting lecturer at Hanoi National Economics University
Cambodia, China, India, Pakistan, Vietnam

Rano Turaeva-Hoehne is an Expert/Consultant and a Senior Researcher affiliated at Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Germany.
Areas of expertise
- Authentication documents originating from countries of expertise.
- Country reports on the indicated countries of expertise
- minority groups, religious groups
- Political, social and cultural groups: LGBT
- Organized crime and mafia, state crime
- Extremist and violent groups, including religious groups
- Human rights violations
- Women issues: honor killing
- Human trafficking
-psychiatry and prison conditions
-Disadvantaged groups e.g. children, minorities, mentally ill, disabled, terminally ill
-- Availability of medical services
- State structure, military and security services
- Drug dealing and trafficking

Expert/ Consultant/Analyst/Researcher
Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan

Dr Farhaan Wali is a sociologist and religious studies expert with specialisation in radicalisation, terrorist groups and regional expertise related to migration and conflict in Asia and the Middle East. He has spent several years in the field, carrying out research both in Britain and abroad. He has been involved in a number of cross-cultural research projects in the private and public sector. As an expert in South Asia, he spent several years conducting fieldwork in Pakistan. In Pakistan, he worked alongside local politicians and social workers, gaining considerable insight into national and local political and legal structures in Pakistan. In 2010, he conducted extensive fieldwork in Bosnia and Herzegovina on post-conflict theory and migration. He is the author of Radicalism Unveiled (2013), which is a detailed study of the rise of Islamic radicalism in Britain.

Lecturer in Religious Studies at Bangor University (UK)
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Pakistan

I am a published doctoral researcher focusing on contemporary Lao culture, politics and society both within Laos and the diaspora. I am particularly interested in ethnic minorities within Laos

PhD Anthropology - Goldsmiths, London (2013-)

MSc Applied Social Research - University of Hull (2011-2013)

Bsc Sci Social Anthropology – University of Manchester (2002-2005)Doctoral researcher with considerable expertise on Laos. 

Doctoral Researcher