U of M Alum, Harvard Human Rights Director to Speak at Upcoming Conference


Saturday, January 28, 2012, 1:00-4:30 pm, Conference: Water, War, and Conflict, at William Mitchell College of Law, Kelley Board Room, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul.

Dr. Charlie Clements, Executive Director at the Carr Center of Human Rights at Harvard; University of Minnesota graduate and Carver County attorney Thomas Haines; Grahame Russell, co-director of Rights Action; and local human rights advocates will talk about water scarcity as a human rights issue and the current crisis in Guatemala.

2.5 standard CLE credits available for lawyers, 3 CEUs for educators. General admission is $10, or $25 for CLE credit. Sponsored by World Without Genocide, co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Program in Human Rights and Health at the University of Minnesota. Register at www.worldwithoutgenocide.org/Jan28.

Thomas Haines, University of Minnesota honors graduate and senior attorney at the Carver County Attorney's Office, will speak at a January conference on Water, War, and Conflict about his work with indigenous communities in Guatemala. Mr. Haines advocates for justice for the 200,000 who have been killed, kidnapped, and raped during the 1960-1996 genocide and is on the board of G Project, whose mission is to raise awareness of poverty, injustice, environmental degradation and repression in Guatemala. He will speak about injustices currently being committed by U.S. and Canadian mining companies and opportunities to take action to stop the violence.

Mr. Haines joins keynote speaker Dr. Charlie Clements, Executive Director for the Carr Center of Human Rights, Harvard University, a globally-recognized human rights activist and public health physician. Dr. Clements began his career as an Air Force pilot in Vietnam and later, out of conscience, refused to fly in the invasion of Cambodia. He went on to work as a physician in El Salvador's civil war. In the 1980s he led efforts to end U.S. intervention in Central America. Dr. Clements will provide a global perspective on
the relationship between increasing scarcity of water, efforts to privatize access to this vital resource, and conflict over water rights both in the U.S. and abroad.

Conference details- Date: Saturday, January 28, 2012, 1:00-4:30 pm at William Mitchell College of Law, Kelley Board Room, 875 Summit Avenue, St. Paul. Sponsor: World Without Genocide, co-sponsored by the Human Rights Program and the Program in Human Rights and Health at the University of Minnesota.

Credits: 2.5 standard CLE credits for lawyers, 3 CEUs for educators. Admission: $10 general public, $25 for CLE credit. Registration: www.worldwithoutgenocide.org/Jan28.

World Without Genocide, headquartered at William Mitchell College of Law, promotes education and action to protect innocent people, prevent genocide, prosecute perpetrators, and remember those whose lives and cultures have been destroyed by genocide. Visit www.worldwithoutgenocide.org for more information.

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