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30 Years After Global 1989 - Keynote Address by Elisa Massimino
Start Date: 4/8/2019Start Time: 5:00 PM
End Date: 4/8/2019End Time: 6:30 PM

Event Description:
30 Years After Global 1989
The Persistent Power of Human Rights: Yesterday’s Lessons for Today’s Challenges.”

This keynote address of the event "30 Years After Global 1989" will be given by Elisa Massimino, senior fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights and former President and CEO of Human Rights First.

“Criticism of the system of international human rights law is as old as the system itself. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted just over 70 years ago with support from an overwhelming majority of nations. But there were abstentions—from Soviet Bloc countries, which thought it didn’t go far enough because it lacked an explicit denunciation of fascism; from South Africa, which thought it went too far and posed a threat to apartheid; and from Saudi Arabia, which abstained because of provisions on marriage rights and religious freedom. Ever since, the Universal Declaration and the system of treaties it birthed have faced objections from critics on the left, right, and center. Criticisms run the gamut, from claims that the Declaration is undemocratic, to arguments that it’s unworkable, ineffectual, or imperialistic. So-called realists point to the persistence of human rights abuses in the world to claim that the idea of universal human rights is at best utopian and, at worst, useless. But activists of the front lines of change in every corner of the world have grounded their movements in the durable ideal that every person has fundamental right inherent in their humanity. Why is the concept of human rights so persistent? What lessons can we learn from rights campaigns of the past? How are they relevant to the human rights challenges of today?”

Location Information:
Krannert G016
Contact Information:
Name: Ana Gomez
Phone: 765-772-5138
30 years
Additional Information
When: April 8
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Where: Krannert, Rm. G016

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