June 2013 Archives

Hollie Nyseth Brehm Discusses Research on Genocide

Tuzla.jpgHollie Nyseth Brehm, a current graduate human rights minor and PhD candidate in Sociology, recently returned from Bosnia, where she carried out research for her dissertation that investigates the causes and processes of genocide and the spread of violence. The project more specifically focuses on regional and temporal variation in violence, examining why some areas of Rwanda, Bosnia, and Sudan experienced a higher degree of violence during genocide and why some time periods were more violent than others.

temple.jpgLalinne Bell, the new Scribe for Human Rights, will focus her summer project on the Cambodian genocide and its impact on survivors. Bell, herself a survivor of the genocide, and her family have lived in the United States for 30 years as refugees. As scribe, she plans to research and write about her family's experience of genocide and assimilation. Bell will conduct interviews with her family members and other survivors, and her personal connection with her interviewees will give her writing a richly intimate quality as she explores the disconnectedness, distrust, and fear innate in Cambodian culture following the genocide.

idf.jpgThe Interdisciplinary Doctoral Fellowship (IDF) "awards outstanding Graduate School students with interdisciplinary dissertation topics who would benefit from interaction with faculty at one of the University's interdisciplinary research centers or institutes." Last academic year, two graduate students, Shannon Golden and Corbin Treacy, partnered with the Human Rights Program as part of this fellowship.

Violence against women rises in El Salvador

Endemic levels of sexual abuse and gender based violence have made El Salvador one of the most dangerous countries in the world for girls and women, amid entrenched "machismo" attitudes and a criminal justice system that too often fails victims. Click here to continue reading Al Jazeera's coverage of violence against women.

As the news from Cleveland, Ohio and the sexual assaults in the military continue to horrify us, I have the nagging sense that we are profoundly and dangerously naive to be shocked at the brutality that went on in the Seymour Avenue home in Cleveland and on our nation's military bases. Continue reading this article by Cheryl Thomas, director of The Advocates for Human Rights' Women's Human Rights Program.

Trafficked children are victims, not criminals

No community in the state is immune from sex trafficking. Minnesota cities have been places of origin, transit and destination for sex-trafficking operations even before federal and state law defined the crime. Continue reading this op-ed by Robin Phillips, Executive Director of the Advocates for Human Rights, in the Duluth News Tribune.

Peru hands Shining Path leader life sentence

A Peruvian court has sentenced one of the last historic leaders of the Shining Path Maoist group to life in prison on terrorism, drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Continue reading on Al Jazeera.

Cambodia passes bill criminalizing genocide denial

Cambodia's National Assembly approved a bill on Friday making it a crime to deny that atrocities were committed by the country's genocidal 1970s Khmer Rouge regime, a law that critics allege will be used as a weapon against the political opposition. Click here to continue reading this article on the Seattle Times website.

No simple solutions regarding Guantanamo Bay

Obama and Congress must work together to close the facility argue the Star Tribune Editorial Board. Click here to read the full editorial.

A "lost" report into genocide, torture, rape and enslavement of indigenous tribes during Brazil's military dictatorship has been rediscovered, raising fresh questions about whether the government has made amends and punished those responsible. Click here to continue reading about this newly recovered report at the Guardian.

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