Oct 29 Human Rights in Mexico conference at HHH

The Human Rights Program, in conjunction with openGlobalRights, the Stassen Chair of International Affairs, and CIDE (Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) in Mexico, is hosting an academic conference on Thursday, October 29 and Friday, October 30, 2015, to bring attention and further discussion to the status of human rights in Mexico. Titled "Human Rights in Mexico: Crisis and Opportunity," the conference will bring together a talented group of scholars, practitioners, and experts to examine and reflect on a wide range of topics and issues related to the current human rights crisis in Mexico-from the role of civil society to the transnational human rights movements to the monitoring of violations.

Events on both days will be held in the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, with the Thursday portion in the Humphrey Forum Room and the Friday sessions in Conference Room 180. The conference is free and open to the public. All sessions will be presented in English.

The conference is co-sponsored by: the Institute for Global Studies, the Human Rights Center, the Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, the Arsham and Charlotte Ohanessian Chair in the College of Liberal Arts, la Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO México), and the Ohanessian Endowment Fund for Justice and Peace Studies of the Minneapolis Foundation. 

The schedule for the conference is as follows:

Thursday, October 29
Location: The Humphrey Forum
Humphrey School of Public Affairs (West Bank), 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455

9:00 AM -        Welcome and Introductory Remarks
9:15 AM          
Alejandro Anaya (CIDE)
Barbara Frey (Human Rights Program, University of Minnesota)
James Ron (Stassen Chair of International Affairs, University of Minnesota)
9:15 AM-         Mexico's Human Rights Crisis: A General Overview
10:45 AM
Moderator:  Alejandro Anaya (CIDE)
Perseo Quiroz (Amnesty International)
"A general overview of the human rights crisis in Mexico"
Regina Tamés (Grupo de Información en Reproducción Elegida GIRE)
"A general overview of the human rights of women"
                       Catalina Pérez-Correa (CIDE)
"Extrajudicial executions by the armed forces"
11:00 AM -       Human Rights of Migrants and Internally Displaced
12:45 PM         Persons

Moderator: Susan Gzesh (University of Chicago)
Benjamin Waddell (Adams State University, Colorado)
"Emigration, Crime, and Human Rights Violations in 21st Century Mexico"
Ariadna Estévez (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México - UNAM)
"What do you mean, 'was it the state or was it a criminal gang'? The human rights crisis in Mexico, hybrid power and challenges to asylum"
Javier Treviño (CIDE)
"The violation of human rights of migrants in transit through Mexico"
2:00 PM -        Civil Society, Human Rights and the Democratic
4:30 PM          Process 

Moderator: Leigh Payne (University of Oxford)
Barbara Frey (Human Rights Program, University of Minnesota)
"The human rights movement"
Luis Daniel Vázquez (FLACSO México) (Presentation in Spanish)
"Calidad de la democracia y violaciones de los derechos humanos" [Quality of democracy and human rights violations]
David Crow (CIDE)
"Do human rights protect criminals? Crime and Attitudes Towards Rights in Mexico"
Karina Ansolabehere (FLACSO México)
"The judiciary and human rights"
James Ron and Kassi Absar (University of Minnesota)
"Public attitudes towards local human rights organizations in Mexico"
Friday, October 30
Location: Conference Room 180, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
9:00 AM -        The Interaction Between the Global and the Local
10: 45 AM

Moderator:  James Ron (University of Minnesota)
Janice Gallagher (Brown University)
"Citizen action, the rule of law and human rights"
Sandra Serrano (FLACSO México)
"Domestic reception of Inter-American jurisprudence"
Alejandro Anaya and Natalia Saltalamacchia (CIDE and ITAM)
"The limits of the transnational socialization of international human rights norms"
Oscar Chacon (National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities)
"Opportunities for transnational advocacy"
11:00 AM -      Discussion - Enforced Disappearances in Mexico
12:00 PM

Moderator: Karina Ansolabehere (FLACSO México)
Michael Chamberlin (Centro Diocesano para los Derechos Humanos Fray Juan de Larios)
José Antonio Guevara (Mexican Commission for the Defense and Promotion of Human Rights)
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