February 9, 2018

Monday, Feb. 12: Fundamental rights and impact legislation in Pakistan


Monday, February 12, 2018

“Fundamental Rights and Impact Litigation in Pakistan”

A talk by Visiting Fellow Yasser Latif Hamdani

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 3017

Please join Human Rights Program Visiting Fellow Yasser Latif Hamdani for a talk on fundamental rights litigation under the Pakistani Constitution. Hamdani will discuss his personal experience as an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan, including litigating landmark internet freedom cases. This will cover cases involving YouTube and Blackberry and ongoing challenges under domestic legislation.

Co-sponsored by the Islamic Legal Studies Program: Law and Social Change, the Human Rights Program, and the South Asian Law Students Association

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February 7, 2018

Staff perspective: How mass incarceration harms U.S. health, in five charts


Last week, Emily Nagisa Keehn, Associate Director of HRP’s Academic Program, and J. Wesley Boyd, J. Wesley Boyd, Faculty, Center for Bioethics and Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, co-authored a compelling Op-Ed in The Conversation, examining how mass incarceration harms U.S. health. They write in part:

“Each year, an estimated 1,000 people die while incarcerated in U.S. jails, most of whom were unconvicted. Suicide rates for incarcerated people is 3-4 times higher than the general population. To us, the evidence is clear: Mass incarceration is a public health scourge in the U.S. The only reasonable response is to limit the unnecessary use of incarceration across the board.”

This commentary comes on the heels of a two-day conference, “Behind Bars: Ethics and Human Rights in U.S. Prisons.” which Emily helped to organize on behalf of HRP late last year. That conference, co-sponsored by the Center for Bioethics at Harvard Medical School, the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, and the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics, explored a range of topics, from treatment of pregnant women in prison to health care workers in prison to the psychopathological effects of solitary confinement.

Here’s a slideshow of the event (with photographs by Lipofsky.com), along with the keynote speech by Danielle Allen, Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, Harvard University and
James Bryant Conant University Professor.

 

 

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February 6, 2018

VIDEO: HIV and the Criminalization of Sickness


Late last month, HRP was pleased to welcome Trevor Hoppe, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University at Albany, State University of New York, for a talk on the topic of HIV and the criminalization of sickness. See below for video of the event.

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February 6, 2018

Today and Tomorrow, Feb. 6 – 7: Valentine’s Day Action


Join us today, Feb. 6, and tomorrow for a small act of kindness as we write Valentine’s Day cards with messages to strangers who may be feeling particularly vulnerable in today’s climate.

We’ll have supplies for card-making as well as food in Belinda Hall from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. You can also make your own cards and drop them off at HRP and we’ll distribute them for you.

Last year over 300 cards were distributed to immigrants’ rights groups, a local mosque, clients of HLS clinics, and several schools.

Co-sponsored by: Advocates for Human Rights, HIP, La Alianza, MELSA, HIRC and TLPI.

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February 2, 2018

Monday, Feb. 5: Civil Rights Activist Gay McDougall, Member, UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination


Monday, February 5, 2018

“Can the U.N. End Racism?: International Responses to Racial Discrimination”

A talk by Gay McDougall, member, UN committee on the elimination of racial discrimination

12:00- 1:00 p.m.
WCC 2012

Lunch will be served

 

Please join the Human Rights Program for a talk by Gay McDougall, member of the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and distinguished scholar-in-residence at the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham University School of Law. Prof. McDougall also served as the U.N. Independent Expert on Minority Issues and the Executive Director of Global Rights. Prior to that, she was an activist against the Apartheid regime in South Africa, where she helped secure the release of thousands of political prisoners and supported the democratic transition.

This event is co-sponsored by the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Harvard Black Law Students Association, and HLS Student Advocates for Human Rights.

 

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