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Friday, October 16, 2015

Program to Welcome Mexican Scholars and Activists for Dialogue on Human Rights in Mexico

The Human Rights Program, in conjunction with openGlobalRights, the Stassen Chair of International Affairs, and CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) in Mexico, is hosting an academic conference on October 29-30, 2015, to address the status of human rights in Mexico. "Human Rights in Mexico: Crisis and Opportunity" will bring together scholars, practitioners, and experts to reflect on the current human rights crisis in Mexico, including the role of civil society, transnational human rights movements, and the monitoring of violations. The conference is free and open to the public. All sessions will be presented in English.


Events will be held in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (Humphrey Forum on Thursday, Conference Room 180 on Friday).


Thursday, October 29
Location: The Humphrey Forum
Humphrey School of Public Affairs (West Bank)
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

9:00am - Welcome and Introductory Remarks
  • Alejandro Anaya (CIDE)
  • Barbara Frey (Human Rights Program, University of Minnesota)
  • James Ron (Stassen Chair of International Affairs, University of Minnesota)

9:15am-10:45am - Mexico's Human Rights Crisis: A General Overview
  • Moderator: Alejandro Anaya (CIDE)
  • Perseo Quiroz (Amnesty International), "A general overview of the human rights crisis in Mexico"
  • Regina Tamés (Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida GIRE), "A general overview of the human rights of women"
  • Catalina Pérez-Correa (CIDE), "Extrajudicial executions by the armed forces"

11:00am-12:45pm - Human Rights of Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons
  • Moderator: Susan Gzesh (University of Chicago)
  • Benjamin Waddell (Adams State University, Colorado), "Emigration, Crime, and Human Rights Violations in 21st Century Mexico"
  • Ariadna Estévez (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - UNAM), "What do you mean, 'was it the state or was it a criminal gang'? The human rights crisis in Mexico, hybrid power and challenges to asylum"
  • Javier Treviño (CIDE), "The violation of human rights of migrants in transit through Mexico"



2:00pm-4:30pm - Civil Society, Human Rights and the Democratic Process
  • Moderator: Leigh Payne (University of Oxford)
  • Barbara Frey (University of Minnesota), "The human rights movement"
  • Luis Daniel Vázquez (FLACSO México) (**Presentation in Spanish**), "Calidad de la democracia y violaciones de los derechos humanos" 
  • David Crow (CIDE), "Do human rights protect criminals? Crime and Attitudes Towards Rights in Mexico"
  • Karina Ansolabehere (FLACSO México), "The judiciary and human rights"
  • James Ron and Kassi Absar (University of Minnesota), "Public attitudes towards local human rights organizations in Mexico"




Friday, October 30
Location: Conference Room 180
Humphrey School of Public Affairs (West Bank)
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

9:00am-10:45am - The Interaction Between the Global and the Local

  • Moderator: James Ron (University of Minnesota)
  • Janice Gallagher (Brown University), "Citizen action, the rule of law and human rights" 
  • Sandra Serrano (FLACSO México), "Domestic reception of Inter-American jurisprudence"
  • Alejandro Anaya and Natalia Saltalamacchia (CIDE and ITAM), "The limits of the transnational socialization of international human rights norms"
  • Oscar Chacon (National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities), "Opportunities for transnational advocacy"

11:00am-12:00pm - Discussion: Enforced Disappearances in Mexico
  • Moderator: Karina Ansolabehere (FLACSO México)
  • Michael Chamberlin (Centro Diocesano para los Derechos Humanos Fray Juan de Larios)
  • José Antonio Guevara (Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights)

The conference is co-sponsored by the Institute for Global Studies, the Human Rights Center, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts, la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO-Mexico), and the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation.