The Human Rights Program organizes dozens of events annually, ranging from formal lectures to brown bag lunches to workshops and panels. Speakers include advocates, scholars, government officials, community leaders, and policymakers. We often collaborate with students groups and other schools and programs on campus to sponsor events.

September 28, 2017

Rights, Action, and Accountability: Tackling Gender-based Violence and HIV in Southern Africa

When: 12:00- 1:00 p.m.

Where: WCC 3016

Please join us for a talk by Dean Peacock, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Sonke Gender Justice, an award winning South African NGO working across Africa to prevent gender-based violence, reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS, and promote human rights. Dean is a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Francisco Center for AIDS Prevention Studies and is an honorary senior lecturer at University of Cape Town’s School of Public Health. He is an internationally recognized expert on masculinities and serves on many advisory boards, including the Nobel Women’s Initiative Campaign to Stop Rape and Domestic Violence in Conflict, and was a member of the U.N. Secretary General’s Network of Men Leaders.

Lunch will be served.

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September 29, 2017

Feminist Voices in Islam: Rethinking Patriarchal Ethics in Muslim Legal Traditions

When: 12:00- 1:00 p.m.

Where: WCC B010 Singer Classroom

Please join us for a talk by Ziba Mir-Hosseini, a leading scholar of Islamic feminism. She will discuss the emerging reformist and feminist voices in Islam and their potential in challenging the long-established classical interpretations of Shari’a and rethinking their underlying patriarchal ethical values and norms, with a particular emphasis on the pioneering work of Musawah, a global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. This event is co-sponsored with the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change. Vegan lunch will be served.

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October 02, 2017

The Syrian Crisis in Film: Two Award-Winning Short Narratives

When: 12:00- 1:00 p.m.

Where: WCC 1023

Please join us for the screening of two short films inspired by true events of the Syrian war. Fireplace (2017) and Orshena (2016) both recount tales of the devastating human consequences of war, and give deep intellectual insights into the humanitarian crisis in Syria. The screening will be followed by a discussion with award-winning directors Muhammad Bayazid and Samah Safi Bayazid. This screening is co-sponsored by Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change. Vegan lunch will be served.

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October 12, 2017

A Talk by Sana Mustafa, Syrian Refugee and Advocate for Refugee Rights

When: 12:00- 1:00 p.m.

Where: WCC 2004

Please join us for a talk by Sana Mustafa, a Syrian refugee and advocate for refugee rights who will share her story of growing up in Syria, revolting against the Assad regime, fleeing the horrors of war, and starting a new life in the US. She will also speak about her new path as an activist and advocate for the rights of Syrian refugees worldwide. A refugee since 2013, Mustafa is now a consultant to various US and international institutions on designing engagement projects related to refugee integration and protecting the rights of victims of the Syrian humanitarian crisis.

This event is being sponsored by the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, Criminal Justice Program, and the Human Rights Program. Vegan lunch will be served.

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October 27, 2017

How Does International Human Rights Law Make a Difference in the World?

When: 9:00 a.m.

Where:

Please join us for a panel moderated by Gerald Neuman, ’80, Director of the Human Rights Program, on whether and how international human rights law has real-world effects on preventing and redressing human rights abuses. The panel includes HLS graduates with experience in government, business, international organizations, advocacy, and academia, and a political scientist who studies the question empirically: Harold Koh ’80, Viviana Krsticevic ’93, Makua Mutua S.J.D. ’87, Elliot Schrage ’86, and Kathryn Sikkink. After hearing insights from the panelists, the conversation will continue with the audience.

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November 14, 2017

A Clash of Public Servants

When: 12:00- 1:00 p.m.

Where: Hauser 102

Join us for a discussion about what happens when a non-profit lawyer goes up against an established international organization responsible for protecting the public. Beatrice Lindstrom, Staff Attorney with the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (2017-2018 Wasserstein Fellow), will discuss her lawsuit against the U.N. for bringing cholera to Haiti through untreated wastes discharged from a peacekeeping base. Rick Hertz, Senior Litigation Attorney with EarthRights International, will discuss his lawsuit again the World Bank/IFC for funding a power plant that devastated fishing villages in India.  Professor Susan Farbstein, Director of the International Human Rights Clinic, will moderate.

Non-pizza lunch will be served. Co-sponsored by OPIA and the Human Rights Program.

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November 30, 2017

Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons

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Where: Harvard Medical School campus

The United States leads the world in incarceration. The “War on Drugs” and prioritizing punishment over rehabilitation has led to mass imprisonment, mainly of the nation’s most vulnerable populations: people of color, the economically disadvantaged and undereducated, and those suffering from mental illness. Although these social disparities are striking, the health discrepancies are even more pronounced. What can be done to address this health and human rights crisis?

This conference will examine various aspects of human rights and health issues in our prisons. In collaboration with educators, health professionals, and those involved in the criminal justice system—including former inmates, advocates, and law enforcement—the conference will clarify the issues, explore possible policy and educational responses, and establish avenues for action.

Registration for the conference is required.

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