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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Program collaborates on shadow report to the U.N. Committee Against Torture

tamms2.jpgAs the United States enters a year of increased scrutiny with regard to the protection of human rights by several U.N. monitoring bodies, Program staff is playing an important role in addressing the government's responsibilities under the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT). Claire Leslie Johnson is serving on the US Human Rights Network's CAT Task Force and is collaborating with regional partners on the drafting of a shadow report to the Committee Against Torture to be submitted on behalf of the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR).

Monday, September 22, 2014

Human Rights Program Welcomes Visiting Colombian Scholars

colombia.pngHuman Rights Program faculty, staff, and students welcomed four visiting scholars from MedellĂ­n, Colombia in early September. These visits were made possible through the Minnesota-Antioquia Human Rights Externship Program - a key component of the Minnesota-Antioquia Human Rights Partnership (or Alianza). The Program provides an opportunity for the Colombian scholars to complete four to six-week externships in Minnesota each semester with the goal of enhancing skills and knowledge in international human rights law and advocacy.

More options for students interested in human rights studies

modimage.jpgHere's some exciting news for human rights studies enthusiasts. Course offerings in the area of human rights continues to grow at the University. Professor Frey's International Human Rights Advocacy course (GLOS 5403/LAW 6058), is moving to the Spring semester. One of the three core courses for the graduate minor (but open to all graduate students), it examines the theoretical basis of the human rights movement, the nature of organizations in the human rights field, their strategies, tactics and programs. In addition, a new three-credit graduate level course on human rights research methods will be offered by Shannon Golden, PhD. This course will be offered by the Human Rights Program with a Global Studies course listing.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Genocide and its Aftermaths: Lessons from Rwanda

A Series of Events to Commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Genocide in Rwanda
Sponsorship made possible in part by the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of The Minneapolis Foundation.
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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Considering the Intersection of Gun Violence & Human Rights

150507_Knotted_gun_sculpture.jpgHow can human rights advocates work to prevent gun violence? This was the motivating question for a strategy session hosted by the Human Rights Program recently, with the support of the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights, the Advocates for Human Rights, and the U.S. Human Rights Network.