January 2014 Archives

rwanda conference.pngGenocide and its Aftermath: Lessons from Rwanda
April 16, 17 & 19

Singled out as the biggest failure of the international community since the Holocaust, the 1994 genocide in Rwanda has loomed large in the decisions of states and international organizations in response to mass violence. Because of the ongoing importance of the Rwanda experience in relation to genocide prevention efforts, the Institute for Global Studies, the Human Rights Program and the Center for Genocide & Holocaust Studies are jointly hosting a series of events to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the genocide. "Genocide and its Aftermath: Lessons from Rwanda," will take place on April 16, 17 and 19, exploring what we have come to know about the genocide in Rwanda, discussing the immediate responses by the international community, and analyzing the long-term consequences that the cataclysmic failure to prevent the genocide had on international policy and action. The events are funded by Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies at The Minneapolis Foundation.

Reframing Mass Violence small.jpgProgram Director Barbara Frey will give the inaugural presentation of this spring's speaker series, "Reframing Mass Violence: Human Rights and Social Memory in Latin America and Southern Europe" Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 3:00 - 4:30 in 235 Nolte Hall (East Bank - TC Campus). The "Reframing Mass Violence" series will explore the particular developments and transnational entanglements of social memories in societies revisiting their legacies of dictatorship, state terror, and grave human rights violations in Latin America and Southern Europe. The series will allow distinguished experts from the countries of study to discuss their work and engage in dialogue with local scholars, students and the public on contemporary processes of re-interpretation and re-framing of the atrocities themselves and the transitional justice models that were adopted in their aftermaths. The series runs conjointly with a 1-credit course being offered at the University. All events, however, are free and open to the broader public.

Untitled1111.pngShezanne "Shez" Cassim arrived home to Minnesota late Thursday (Jan 9) after spending the past nine months in a United Arab Emirates (UAE) prison for posting a satirical video on YouTube. Shez's family, friends and extended community worked diligently over the past several months calling attention to his case and asking for his release. Human Rights leaders at the University, including the Program's Director Barbara Frey and Co-directors of the Human Rights Center, David Weissbrodt and Kristi Rudelius-Palmer, held a press conference on December 10 (International Human Rights Day) calling on the government of the UAE to immediately release Shez. Today, we are thrilled for Shez, his family, friends, and other supporters worldwide as he is finally free!

Link to MPR piece on Shez's release.

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