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Emerging Human Rights Advocates Take Their Next Steps

Rising U of MN Senior Tony Burton and rising U of MN Junior Tala Alfoqaha have been selected as the 2019 Fraser Fellows. Tony, a Political Science Major and Tala, double majoring in Mathematics and Global Studies will intern at ECPAT-USA and The Advocates for Human Rights, respectively. This will offer the undergraduate students hands-on opportunities to practice human rights research and advocacy alongside human rights professionals.
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Three Incredible Human Rights Students, Three Well-Deserved Awards

Kate Denney, Brittany Becker, and Anishaa Kamesh are this year's winners of the Inna Meiman and Sullivan Ballou Undergraduate Human Rights Awards. These three women demonstrate admirable dedication to human rights causes, and engage in important service to their local, national, and international communities. With interests spanning from immigrant rights to homelessness to human trafficking, these three awardees are already on paths to have a hugely positive impact on the world.
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A Sociological Human Rights Perspective

Brooke Chambers, a third year Sociology PhD student, studies some of the most difficult questions facing human rights scholars--how to understand and respond to the multi-generational effects of instances of mass violence. With a particular focus on the Rwandan genocide, Brooke is using her education to seek a better understanding of how genocidal violence reverberates throughout space and time, along with how Rwandan society remembers and commemorates the Genocide. Next semester she will conduct field research in Rwanda, interviewing young adults about their experiences growing up in a post-genocide society.
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Effecting Tangible Change at the United Nations

It is exceedingly difficult and rare to influence the immediate action recommendations that the CEDAW Committee includes in its report to member state countries. However, Professor Greta Friedemann-Sánchez and her research team successfully did just that. Their Human Rights Initiative project “Family Commissioners: Fostering Justice, Security and Peace in Colombian Families in the Post-Conflict Era (COLPAZ)” influenced not just one but two of the recommendations that CEDAW provided to Colombia regarding improving their treatment and services for victims of domestic violence.
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Called to Action, Making Change

Since graduating from the University of Minnesota, Sarah Super has been unstoppable in raising awareness around sexual violence and advocating for survivors. Read more about the work she is doing, including her diligent efforts to raise funds for a Memorial for Survivors of Sexual Violence. Please consider making a donation to make this project possible.
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Student Op-Ed: Complacency and Climate Change Denial Lead to Lives Lost

As the United Nations and its member states gear up for the 2019 Climate Action Summit, a meeting where stakeholders will make pledges around implementing the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement, individuals should also consider their impact on climate change. Outright denial, or more commonly, compliance towards climate change-related issues is likely to have significant and devastating impacts on the world's most vulnerable populations. Read why Global Studies undergraduate student Mahad Omar believes it is incumbent on us all, individuals and nations states alike, to combat climate change.
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Words Matter: How Rhetoric in Griswold v. Driscoll Shapes Our Understanding of...

The way the public comes to understand instances of genocide and mass violence is complex and mediated through a variety of voices. Public officials, textbook representations, official court records, and survivor or perpetrator testimony can all contribute to representations mass violence. Claims of genocide denial can also be furthered through similar means. Sociology Professor Joachim Savelsberg and Law Professor Fionnuala Ni Aoláin's HRI-funded research project, "Mnemonic Struggles Over the Gravest Human Rights Violations: The Armenian Genocide in Griswold v. Driscoll and Beyond," investigates how court proceedings and the debates that unfold during them can further or stifle claims of genocide.

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