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Human Rights and the Environment: How Do We Do Better?

2015 was a deadly year for environmental activism. According to Global Witness, 185 activists were killed, a 60 percent increase from 2014. Of the victims, 40 percent were indigenous people, like Berta Cáceres, who spoke at the Wilson Center last year and was shot and killed in her home in Honduras this March. 

Dadaab to Dollo Ado: Why East Africa's Refugee Crises Can No Longer Be Ignored

Citing security concerns, the government of Kenya recently announced their intent to close the world’s largest refugee complex, Dadaab, after almost 25 years.

The plan has attracted international criticism, and if carried out, could set a dangerous precedent, warn some. But others say Kenya has done more than enough to accommodate refugees from Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and other conflict-affected neighbors over more than two decades – with inadequate support from the international community.

Ayotzinapa Case: Final Report by Group of Independent Experts

In September 2014, 43 students from the Rural Teachers’ College in Ayotzinapa were forcibly disappeared in Iguala, Guerrero in southern Mexico. In the aftermath of this event, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Mexican government, and the representatives of the victims’ families created an Interdisciplinary Group of Independent Experts (GIEI, by its initials in Spanish) to provide technical assistance and follow-up measures to the Mexican government in the investigation. The GIEI presented its final report on April 24, 2016.

Mexican Civil Society's Battle Against Corruption: #Ley3de3

The Wilson Center's Mexico Institute is pleased to invite you to our event "Mexican Civil Society's Battle Against Corruption: #Ley3de3." Prominent members of Mexican civil society will discuss the mechanisms being pursued to create a proper legal framework to fight corruption in Mexico. In particular, they will discuss the current status and challenges of a "citizen initiative" known as #Ley3de3, which is currently being discussed in the Mexican Congress.

A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS

Robert Worth, contributing writer at the New York Times Magazine, discussed his recently published book, A Rage for Order: The Middle East in Turmoil, from Tahrir Square to ISIS, and its accounts of the Arab Spring’s protests and legacies. 

The Value of Values: Reconsidering the Role of Human Rights in U.S.-China Relations

Issues of ideology, values, and human rights are again moving to the top of the United States’ China agenda and underlie many frictions in U.S.-China relations. The competing virtue narratives and disparate systems of the United States and China fuel suspicions in the military, economic, and global governance spheres. Please join us for an examination of values, rights, and ideals in the U.S.-China relationship and in the evolution of regional and world orders.

Offsite Event: Confronting Mexico's Mounting Human Rights Challenges

2456 Rayburn House Office Building
Friday, March 18, 2016