Human Rights Events

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Land Restitution, Gender Equity, and Rural Development in Colombia

May 09, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
Colombia’s 2011 Victims and Land Restitution Law is an historic piece of legislation that seeks to redress victims of forced displacement in rural areas and formalize land rights for those who want to return to their properties. As a mechanism of transitional justice, the Law places the victims of conflict at the center of state activity. It also provides a series of positive measures to address the historic and conflict-related discrimination that women victims have experienced when attempting to reclaim their land. Does the Law accomplish these goals and secure gender-equitable property rights for victims of violence?
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Can Social Accountability Help Ensure Rights and Better Participation in Maternal Health Services?

May 05, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Maternal Health Initiative
Over the last two decades, social accountability has emerged as a strategy to make health services more responsive to community needs. It’s an approach that creates a space for “interaction between citizen engagement and government responsiveness,” said Jonathan Fox, professor of international development at American University at the Wilson Center May 5.

Ethnonationalist Conflict in Postcommunist States

April 29, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Why do ethnonational conflicts reach different degrees of violence? Why does violence continue to reoccur even after strong international intervention for conflict-resolution and democratization? To answer these questions, Maria Koinova combines research on civil wars with the study of non-violent majority-minority disputes by examining 5 degrees of violence in three cases – Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Kosovo – over a 20-year period.
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EU Progress Report on Eastern Partnership States

April 16, 2014 // 11:00am12:00pm
Global Europe Program
Mapping the development of the Eastern Partnership initiative, the European Commission released a progress report on the six Eastern Partnership States: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine. The report outlines accomplishments achieved so far and indicates critical policy areas where more attention is needed. It also serves as a reference for the EU’s approach towards the Eastern Partnership and, more specifically, the allocation of funding in the next seven years. This assessment comes one month after the EU discussed the “European Package” of incentives, intended to supplement the Association Agreements being discussed with several of the six states. Georgia and Moldova have initialed the Association Agreements last year and will be among the first countries to sign them this year.
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Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century: Update Venezuela

April 11, 2014 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
About the nature of populism in Latin America and its most recent radical manifestations.
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International Humanitarian Action: Changing Responses to Conflict and Crisis

April 10, 2014 // 10:00am11:00am
During a humanitarian crisis, food relief, critical medical care, and access to safe water and basic sanitation facilities all require a humanitarian as well as a diplomatic response. No one is better placed to help us understand these complex shifts than Peter Maurer, President of the International Committee of the Red Cross. In this Director's Forum event, Maurer will talk with Jane Harman to give a first-hand update on the key challenges the ICRC faces.
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Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti

April 04, 2014 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Latin American Program
A discussion of a new paper titled ‘Escaping the Crisis Trap: New Options for Haiti’.
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Why European Union Human Rights Diplomacy Matters

February 26, 2014 // 4:00pm5:00pm
Global Europe Program
The EU Special Representative for Human Rights, Stavros Lambrinidis, will discuss the EU role and diplomacy for the advancement and promotion of human rights around the world. From Russia to China, Egypt, and Burma, and from freedom of expression and religion to the support for Human Rights Defenders, embattled NGOs and LGBTI persons, EU Human Rights diplomacy seeks to respond to the rising global challenges.

War Crimes, Youth Activism & Memory in the Balkans

January 27, 2014 // 12:00pm1:00pm
Global Europe Program
Past post-conflict justice processes in the Balkan region were comprised of a variety of protagonists, such as governments, international institutions, and civil society. Mechanisms to cope with mass atrocities committed during the conflict in the 1990s included international trials in The Hague, domestic trials in many of the former states of Yugoslavia, and several truth commission attempts. In recent years there has also been a rise in youth activism to confront war crimes.

Crisis in South Sudan (This event will be held at USIP)

January 10, 2014 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Africa Program
Since the middle of December the world's newest country, South Sudan, has been gripped by violence. What started as a political dispute has escalated into fighting across significant portions of the country.

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