July 2013 Archives

Chicago-based human rights advocates have sent a letter to the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights asking the international body to monitor Chicago's school closings. Check out WBEZ's coverage of the latest human rights advocacy work from the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.

redress.jpgKirsten Selvig, a University of Minnesota law student, has spent the summer interning with REDRESS, a London-based anti-torture organization. Funding from the Upper Midwest Human Rights Fellowship gave Selvig this invaluable opportunity to apply the skills she has learned at the law school in a real-world setting. Selvig primarily has been working on a report that provides an overview of the law and practice of torture on a global scale.

Can doctors help stop torture?

Dr. Steven Miles vividly remembers the notorious 2004 photograph of U.S. soldiers grinning beside a pile of naked prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Click here to continue reading about the U of M's Dr. Miles at the Star Tribune website.

Chad's ex-president Hissene Habré has been charged in Senegal with genocide, crimes against humanity and torture by a special court in Dakar, Senegal. Click here to continue reading on africareview.com.

Feds Seek Decade for NH Woman Over Rwanda Genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi entered the United States in 1998 as a Rwandan refugee with three young daughters who told U.S. Customs officials she took no part in the 1994 Rwanda genocide and instead was a survivor whose relatives were among the 800,000 killed. Now federal prosecutors want to put her behind bars for 10 years after she was convicted in February of masking her role as "gatekeeper" at one of the notorious roadblocks where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter. Click here to continue reading at abcnews.com.


openGlobalRights: a multilingual project aiming to bring people of the south and north together in a discussion about the future of human rights. Click here to read about emerging powers and human rights, global funding patterns of human rights organizations, the impact of religion and faith-based organization on rights advocacy, and the relationship between international law and human rights.

Practicing at Home What We Preach Abroad

schwartz.jpgOn the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Eric Schwartz, Dean of the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, shared his experiences as a political official advocating for human rights at a Washington, DC event entitled "Torture as a Weapon Against Democracy." Below you will find the text of Dean Schwartz's speech.

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