UN Special Rapporteur to Headline Human Rights Awards Dinner

Event is Wed., June 1 at the Marriott City Center, downtown Mpls.

The featured speaker at this year's Human Rights Awards Dinner takes The Advocates back to its roots and its development of the Minnesota Protocol, a set of international guidelines and procedures for investigating suspicious and unlawful deaths.

Now, about 30 years after the Minnesota Protocol was introduced to the world, UN Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns, tapped The Advocates to help with its revision.

Developed by The Advocates and its volunteers, the Minnesota Protocol was adopted by the UN in 1991 with the official title UN Manual on the Effective Prevention of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions.

The Minnesota Protocol has been instrumental in investigations in most regions of the globe. It has been widely used by national, regional, and international courts; UN human rights bodies; and organizations worldwide. (Learn more about the Minnesota Protocol.)

“The need for clear international standards that encompass the realities of human rights abuses in the twenty-first century has resulted in the current revision,” said Heyns. The revised Minnesota Protocol will be released this year.


Kristi Rudelius-Palmer
Human Rights Center Co-Director,
Humphrey Fellowship Program Director, &
Adjunct Associate Professor of Law
University of Minnesota Law School
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