Monday, February 29, 2016

Human Rights Week events at UMN Law School

Amnesty Law group is hosting a Human Rights Week from March 1st to March 8th. Here are the wonderful events and please feel free to share this information:

1. Speaker Event: Amy Bergquist from Advocates for Human Rights
From 12:15-1:15pm on Tuesday (3/1)

Law School Room 50
Holy Land Lunch
Amnesty, Minnesota Justice Foundation, and the International Law Society are excited to host Amy Bergquist at the law school. Amy coordinates the Advocates for Human Rights' advocacy at the UN and regional human rights bodies. Before joining the Advocates, she clerked for the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the US Supreme Court, the Honorable William A. Fletcher of the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable John R. Tunheim of the District of Minnesota. She will be here to speak about her career path, what Advocates does, what projects she is involved in, and answer questions. Please visit here to register for the event.

2. Supplies for Refugees Drive
From 12:00-1:15pm from Tuesday (3/1) to Thursday (3/3)
Law School Subplaza

Amnesty will be tabling at lunch from 3/1-3/3 to collect supplies for refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos. We are partnering with the Starfish Organization, who are asking for donations of socks, waterproof shoes, sweatpants, caps, underwear, and summer clothes for men, women, and children. We are also accepting any monetary donations to help pay for shipping costs and to donate to the organization. Thousands of refugees are arriving on the island everyday, so anything you can donate will help somebody in need. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

3. FĂȘte
From 5-7pm on Saturday (3/5)
Cedars Hall, Minneapolis

Lebanese food
The Human Rights Center is co-sponsoring this kick-off event for a month-long celebration of Lebanon hosted by Alliance Française. There will be Dabke dancing, Lebanese food, and a presentation on the history of Lebanon. Hamze Ahmad, Humphrey Fellow from the Law School, will also be speaking about modern Lebanese culture.

4. Accountability and Justice for Victims of Gross Human Rights Violations: The Pros and Cons of the International Criminal Court
From 12:15-1:15pm on Monday (3/7)

Room 65

Free lunch
The International Criminal Court has been lauded as the first permanent international court established to prosecute individual perpetrators of gross human rights violations. These crimes include genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and crimes of aggression. However, the ICC has also been criticized for disproportionately targeting Africans, despite the occurrence of gross human rights violations by State actors across the globe. Additionally, there is criticism toward the authority granted to the Office of the Prosecutor, the role of the UN Security Council, and the ICC's enforcement mechanisms.
Please join Humphrey Fellows Thandiwe Matthews (South Africa) and Amelia Lourdes Mendoza (The Philippines) as they unpack the criticisms and achievements of the ICC, and assess whether the court has moved forward in achieving its ultimate goal.

5. Human Trafficking: A Global Conversation
From 6:30-8:00pm on Tuesday (3/8)

Coffman Union, President's Room
Desserts and Coffee
Human trafficking is the third most profitable crime in the world with an estimated 2.5 million people trafficked worldwide. On March 8, the International Justice Mission and the Human Rights Center are co-hosting a conversation on human trafficking. Humphrey Fellows from Nigeria, Lebanon, Trinidad and Tobago, the Philippines, and Haiti will talk about human trafficking through the lens of law enforcement, immigration, NGO, and law. Please visit here to register for the event.

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Joy (Shuangqi) Wang
JD/MPH Candidate, 2016
University of Minnesota
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