| VOL. 23, NO. 17||MARCH 6, 1998 |
SIPA to Host Seminars on Human Rights Next Week
BY SUZANNE TRIMEL
n honor of the 1998 Reebok Human Rights Award winners, the School of International and Public Affairs on Mar. 10 and 12 will host seminars on human rights concerns addressed by the winners, including honor killings, police brutality and land mines.
Winners of the tenth annual Reebok Human Rights Awards will be recognized at a ceremony at Columbias Kathryn Bache Miller Theatre on Mar. 11. The four young human rights activists being honored are Anthony Jones, a California man dedicated to ending police brutality; Abraham Gebreyesus, a man maimed in a land mine explosion at age 11 who campaigns internationally to ban anti-personnel mines and is preparing to become a disability rights lawyer in Eritrea; Dydier Kamundu, an activist who risks his own life to champion the rights of individuals in ethnic conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rana Husseini, a journalist from Jordan who exposes honor killingsmurders of women by their own families for suspected immoral behavior.
Lisa Anderson, dean of the School of International and Public Affairs, said, Through their demonstrated commitment to human rights, these four young people are an example to us all of the importance of the continuing struggle for basic human freedoms at home and around the world. We at the School of International and Public Affairs are honored to celebrate the work of these courageous activists.
The seminars will be held at the International Affairs Building and are open to the public. The schedule follows:
The Human Cost of Anti-Personnel Landmines, with honoree Gebreyesus and J. Paul Martin, executive director of the Center for the Study of Human Rights in collaboration with the Institute of African Studies; 12:15 P.M.,Thurs., Mar. 12, Kellogg Center.
Woman and Family Honor in Jordan with honoree Husseini, journalist at the Jordan Times, and Reeva Simon, assistant director of Columbias Middle East Institute, 12:15 P.M., Thurs., Mar. 12, Room 118.
The Role of the Community in Police Accountability with honoree Jones, director of the Bay Area Police Watch/Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Professor Ester Fuchs, director of the Barnard-Columbia Center for Leadership in Urban Public Policy; 4:00 P.M., Tues., Mar. 10, Room 1512.