Human Rights Events

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Women in Developing Countries: Sowing the Seeds for the Future

July 30, 2010 // 12:00pm1:15pm
Wilson Center on the Hill
Two leading experts detail the challenges and opportunities for women in developing countries, as well as how the United States can create a new, more effective development policy that recognizes the key role of women.
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A Charter of Rights for North America: A Proposal and Analysis

July 20, 2010 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Canada Institute
Wilson Center public policy scholar James McHugh presented his research on the potential to deepen relations among NAFTA members through the adoption of a continental charter of rights.
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Crime and Violence in Central America: A Human Development Approach

June 24, 2010 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Latin American Program
The Latin American Program and the UNDP convened this seminar to focus attention on the alarming levels of citizen insecurity in Central America and consider policy responses.

Iran: The Year of Reckoning

June 04, 2010 // 8:30am12:45pm
Middle East Program
Nicholas Burns, Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School and Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs; Michael Postl, Former Ambassador of the Republic of Austria to Iran; Shaul Bakhash, Chair and Commentator, Clarence J. Robinson Professor of History, George Mason University; Farideh Farhi, Independent Scholar and Affiliate Graduate Faculty, Political Science, University of Hawai'i at Manoa; Suzanne Maloney, Senior Fellow, Foreign Policy, Saban Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings Institution; Kaveh Ehsani, Chair and Commentator, Assistant Professor, International Studies, DePaul University
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Common Crime and Organized Crime in Latin American Cities: Commonalities and Differences

May 19, 2010 // 8:30am3:15pm
Latin American Program
A conference to deepen the understanding of the connection between existing levels of common crime and the growing presence of organized crime in the region.
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You Are the Media: How Iranians "Democratized" the Media

May 14, 2010 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Middle East Program
Iran Davar Ardalan, Civic Journalist, Formerly of NPR News

Religion and Values in the Formation of a Democratic Public Space in Latin America

March 22, 2010 // 12:30pm1:30pm
Latin American Program
Catalina Romero discusses the role of the Catholic Church in development of democracy in Peru.

Rethinking Human Trafficking

March 01, 2010 // 7:00am2:45pm
Middle East Program
Denise Brennan, Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center and Associate Professor, Anthropology, Georgetown University; Elizabeth Bernstein, Assistant Professor, Women's Studies and Sociology, Barnard College; Florrie Burke, Consultant, Freedom Network USA; Peter Kwong, Professor, Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College; Professor, Sociology, Graduate Center of the City University of New York; Moderator: Sonya Michel, Director, United States Studies, Woodrow Wilson Center; Pardis Mahdavi, Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center and Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Pomona College; Laura Agustín, Independent Scholar, London, United Kingdom; Rhacel Parreñas, Professor, American Civilization and Sociology, Brown University; Dina Haynes, Associate Professor of Law, New England School of Law; Moderator: Denise Brennan, Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center and Associate Professor, Anthropology, Georgetown University; Carole S. Vance, Associate Clinical Professor, Sociomedical Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health and Department of Anthropology, Columbia University; Sealing Cheng, Assistant Professor, Women's Studies, Wellesley College; Nicole Constable, Professor, Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh; Noy Thrupkaew, Fellow, Open Society Institute; Moderator: Pardis Mahdavi, Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center and Assistant Professor, Anthropology, Pomona College

Islam at the EU Border: Muslim Minorities in Greece and Bulgaria

February 23, 2010 // 1:00pm2:30pm
Global Europe Program
Over the last 20 years, Bulgaria and Greece have pursued variable and divergent policies toward their Muslim minorities. During a brief period near the end of the Communist regime, Bulgaria forced Turks to assimilate. This policy was abandoned by the democratic government that took power in the 1990s. At the same time, Greece recognized its Muslim minority and facilitated the "Turkification" of its Muslim citizens throughout the 1980s, but then abandoned that policy by blocking minority rights in the 1990s. Harris Mylonas suggested that these policy shifts are commonly explained by assumptions or models that link minority treatment, regime type, ideology and leadership personalities. Rejecting these hypotheses, Mylonas argued that the structure of the international system was the most salient indicator influencing the treatment of Muslim minorities in both countries.

Human Rights in Post-Communist Transitions: Fulfillment or Betrayal?

February 22, 2010 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
The book "Human Rights and Their Limits" shows that the concept of human rights has developed in waves: each call for rights served the purpose of social groups that tried to stop further proliferation of rights once their own goals were reached. While defending the universality of human rights as norms of behavior, Osiatynski admits that the philosophy on human rights does not need to be universal.

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