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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Human Rights for the 21st Century: Jacqueline Bhabha

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for bhabha.jpgCollateral damage amidst the politics of borders and national identities, almost fifty million children under the age of five have no legal identity or claim of citizenship. Whether they are born to undocumented laborers, traveling unaccompanied to seek work or trafficked into bonded slavery, children who are stateless suffer severe social, economic and physical consequences for their lack of status.

Human Rights for the 21st Century: History, Practice, Politics
Jacqueline Bhabha
Moving Children: Human Rights Dilemmas in Contemporary Child Migration
February 28, 2012, 7:00 PM
McNamara Alumni Center
Heritage Room
200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis (East Bank)

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Collateral damage amidst the politics of borders and national identities, almost fifty million children under the age of five have no legal identity or claim of citizenship. Whether they are born to undocumented laborers, traveling unaccompanied to seek work or trafficked into bonded slavery, children who are stateless suffer severe social, economic and physical consequences for their lack of status.
Jacqueline Bhabha was born into a family well-acquainted with forced migration. Her parents were German Jews who fled Nazi Germany for India, and a decade later settled in Italy. Impacted by her early years and the stories of her parents, she pursued a path in human rights activism - particularly in the areas of migration, refugee protection, children's rights and citizenship. Listen with us as Bhabha, editor of Children without a State: A Global Human Rights Challenge, explores the complex human rights dilemmas associated with child migration in the 21st Century.
Bhabha is the executive director of the University Committee on Human Rights Studies at Harvard University and a lecturer at Harvard Law School. She is a faculty affiliate of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and a lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government. Bhabha previously directed the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago and was a practicing human rights lawyer in London and ad the European Court of Human Rights.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Now Accepting Nominations

The 2nd Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award
Recognizing undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota who have made significant personal contributions in the promotion and protection of human rights

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for innameiman.jpeg The Inna Meiman award is intended to recognize a University of Minnesota student who embodies a commitment to human rights. The Awardee will receive a $1,000 scholarship.







The 2nd Annual Inna Meiman Human Rights Award
Recognizing undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota who have made significant personal contributions in the promotion and protection of human rights
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This award will be given in recognition of the friendship between Inna Meiman, a Soviet era Jewish refusnik who was repeatedly denied a visa to seek medical treatment, and Lisa Paul, a graduate of the University of Minnesota who fought tirelessly on her behalf, including a 25-day hunger strike that galvanized a movement for Inna's freedom. The friendship between Lisa Paul and Inna Meiman is memorialized in the book, Swimming in the Daylight: An American Student, a Soviet-Jewish Dissident, and the Gift of Hope. The award is intended to recognize a University of Minnesota student who embodies a commitment to human rights. The Awardee will receive a $1,000 scholarship.
Nominations will be accepted through Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Inna Meiman Award Criteria

Eligibility
The awards are open to all full-time undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota.
Criteria

  • The student has demonstrated a personal commitment to the promotion and protection of international human rights through significant work on a human rights cause during their time as an undergraduate;



  • Through their efforts, the student has raised the visibility of a particular human rights issue among the University community or the broader public;



  • The student has made a positive difference in the life of others, and has given voice to those who might otherwise not be heard.


Nominations

  • Nominators should submit a letter of 750 words or less describing the human rights activities undertaken by the nominee during his or her time as a student at the University of Minnesota and a CV of the student being nominated;



  • Students may be nominated by faculty, staff or other students at the University of Minnesota.



  • Self nominations must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from faculty, staff, and students who can attest to the achievements.


Address and Deadline
Letters should be submitted by email to the Human Rights Program, hrp@umn.edu, or delivered to the Human Rights Program, 214 Social Sciences Building, 267 - 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455.
The nomination deadline is Friday, April 6, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
Judging
The judging committee will consist of the staffs of the Human Rights Program, the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies and author, Lisa Paul.
Ceremony
The Inna Meiman Award winner will be recognized publically at an event in April or May 2012.