November 2012 Archives

Human Rights Week

writeforrights.jpgThe Human Rights Program Student Advisory Board has organized a week-long series of events that include a multimedia art exhibit, a spoken word night, a critical discussion, a film screening, and a write-a-thon. They hope to engage with the student body and broader community on human rights issues and share their passion for human rights work by reaching out on campus through these diverse activities. Continue reading for more information about each of the five events.

tunheim.jpgOn November 26, Judge John Tunheim was hosted as a featured guest in the Human Rights and Terrorism Speaker Series. Judge Tunheim is a Federal District Court Judge in Minnesota noted for presiding over, among others, the case of Mohammed Abdullah Warsame, who was accused of materially aiding a terrorist organization. Tunheim's past work includes serving as the chair of the U.S. Assassination Records Review Board where he was in charge of declassifying government documents on the JFK assassination and serving as the Minnesota Chief Deputy Attorney General. Judge Tunheim has also spent a considerable amount of time working on rule of law issues in places such as Kosovo as well as Uzbekistan where he has been working with senior government officials on protecting the rights of defendants in criminal court under a human rights framework.

U of M Human Rights Program Receives $1.25 Million USAID Grant

medellin.jpgThe University of Minnesota has received a $1.25 million grant from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Higher Education for Development (HED), to create a human rights law school partnership between the university and four law schools in Medellín, Colombia, to strengthen the capacities of the Medellín schools to teach, research and provide clinical legal representation toward the promotion of international human rights and the rule of law.


convening.jpgThe Midwest Coalition for Human Rights' national strategic convening on solitary confinement, held at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, brought together more than 100 academics, activists, survivors, and community organizers. The one-day conference featured keynote speakers Terry Kupers, Institute Professor at The Wright Institute and Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, who provided an overview of the detrimental mental health impacts of solitary confinement, and Robert King, a political prisoner who spent 29 years in solitary confinement, who gave personal testimony about his time in prison.

The Role of Health Professionals in Detainee Interrogation

On December 25, 2003, Mohammed Jawad, an Afghani teenager held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, repeatedly banged his head against the metal structures of his cell in an effort to kill himself. Continue reading...

Democracy and Human Rights in Post-Election Mexico

mexico.jpgFrancisco Valdes, Director General of Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), visited campus on Monday October 29th along with Joy Langston, Professor of Political Science at Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas (CIDE), to discuss the state of Democracy and Human Rights in Post-election Mexico. Mexico's election has reinstated the PRI the previously hegemonic party that was defeated for the first time in 70 year in 2000. Since this reinstatement many questions have surfaced about the state of constitutional and political rights in Mexico.

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