Human Rights Happy Hour!

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SIHRLI in Action: Julia Zalenski

This summer, Julia will be working for the Vermont Parent Representation Center in Burlington, VT. She will be doing research, policy work, and direct interventions to help children get and stay out of the foster care system. You can read more about the organization where Julia will be working here. Have a great summer, Julia!

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Human Rights Read

Gardens of Water, by Alan Drew, is a compelling novel set in Istanbul that explores the friction between tradition and modernity, humanitarian aid and cultural imperialism, family and faith. This would be a great read for book clubs or to discuss with friends, as it gives rise to many of the issues human rights activists and scholars struggle with today. Available at Amazon.

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SIHRLI in Action: Joe Fraoli

This summer, Joe Fraioli will be in Geneva, Switzerland this summer interning at the World Health Organization. Specifically, he will be working with the Mental Health and Substance Abuse department to craft policy and legislation in developing nations to promote the inclusion of mental illness into healthcare systems and address human rights violations across various areas of mental health. Check back for updates about Joe’s progress and experiences working in international human rights in Geneva. Best of luck, Joe!

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U.S. and China to talk Human Rights

Next week the U.S. and China will meet to discuss “the recent negative trend of forced disappearances, extralegal detentions and arrests and convictions,” according to statement released from Washington. An American envoy will travel to Beijing, where some speculate that the meeting may be more tense than usual, illustrating a growing exasperation with China’s human rights violations, according to the New York Times. This meeting comes shortly after the U.S. State Department released their 2010 Human Rights Report on April 8, which enumerates a myriad of human rights violations, ranging from extrajudicial killings to intense restrictions on NGOs. You can read the full report here.

Do you think next week’s meetings will change China’s attitude toward human rights? What role should the U.S. play, if any? How will China respond to these allegations? Do you think it is necessary to have “clean hands” before accusing China of certain violations such as torture?

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Benefit for the Sanctuary City Movement

[J]amnesty is a human rights benefit concert hosted by Amnesty International on Friday, April 22nd at the Blue Moose from 8 to midnight for ages 19+. Admission is $5, which will include a raffle ticket, food, and soda. The concert will include four local bands: Old Road Riot, Attic Party, Alexis Stevens, and Chasing Shade. There will also be a human rights keynote speaker from the Sanctuary City Movement, which is a local organization that helps residents in our community live peacefully and fearlessly by advocating a Sanctuary policy in Iowa City that protects against the undue investigation of immigrant status. All proceeds will go to the Sanctuary City Movement.

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You’re Invited!

In recognition of April 2011 Sexual Assault Awareness Month

The Rape Victim Advocacy Program (RVAP) and
The Iowa Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Cordially invite you to attend an event featuring

Judge Susan Carbon

Director of the United States
Department of Justice
Office on Violence Against Women

Thursday, April 7th, 2011 @ 7 PM
The Old Capitol Museum- Senate Chambers
21 Old Capitol
Iowa City, Iowa

* Doors open at 6 pm for a preview of RVAP’s Clothesline Project

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