For further information about these events, watch for upcoming details on the Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights website, or call our office at 612. 341. 3302.



Friday, August 25, 2000 ~ Symposium on the International Protection of Human Rights and the Oromo People

This symposium will explore the international protection of human rights in law and process within the United Nations System and the Organization of African Unity in the 21st century for the Oromo people of Ethiopia, and the scope of human rights advocacy for the advancement of their huamn rights concerns.   Panel topics will cover International Protection of Human Rights in the 21st Century, Are the Oromo People Protected Under Human Rights Law?, and Advocacy and the Protection of Human Rights - A Practical Approach.

Tuesday August 1, 2000 ~ Judicial Reform in Kosovo Presentation. Please join Minnesota Advocates and Fredrikson & Byron for lunch and a presentation by the Honorable Judge John Tunheim. Judge Tunheim, a member of the US Government's Judicial Assessment Mission, worked in Kosovo earlier this year and has just returned from a second mission to the region. He will speak about the international community's efforts to advance legal system reform in Kosovo, current needs, and the Assessment Mission's recommendations.

Sunday June 11, 2000 ~ Stand For Children 1-5pm @ Loring Park

Thursday June 22, 2000 ~ "Human Rights in the New Millenium" MSBA Convention 9am-noon @ Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC)

  • Part I- Hot Trends- An Overview of Major Issues and Trends in Human Rights
  • Part II-Focus on Children's Issues at Home and Abroad
  • Part III- Reception to Celebrate Achivements in Human Rights

Minnesota Advocates is co-presenting this event with: MSBA Human Rights Committee, Children's Law Center of Minnesota, and MSBA Children & the Law Section.

June 6, 2000 ~ Sixteenth Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner:  Fulfilling the Promise of Human Rights in MN  This year we focused on human rights as a domestic issue. The Human Rights Awards Dinner recognizes the efforts and accomplishments of human rights activists over the past year. The Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner is the largest international human rights event in the Midwest. It draws more than 600 attorneys, corporate executives, government officials and activists. Distinguished keynote speakers over the past years have included Radhika Coomaraswamy, Sulo Shreshtah Shah, Justice Richard Goldstone, Jean Bertrand Aristide and the Mothers of the Plaza de Mayo.

June 2, 2000 ~ Fifteenth Annual Asylum Conference. 7:30am- 5:00pm, University of Minnesota Law School.

  • The conference provides an A-to-Z training in handling asylum claims for volunteers, students, and immigration practitioners and provides an understanding of the asylum process for non-profit staff and friends.

The seminar brings together representative from the Immigration & Naturalization Service (INS), the Executive Office for Immigration Review, academia, and the Immigration bar to cover basic and advanced asylum law and procedures, and to highlight recent changes in asylum law and regulations. The conference will address cutting-edge issues in international and domestic law, including updates on gender-based asylum law. Track I covers the basics of asylum for attorneys considering taking a first pro bono asylum case and for service providers and others interested in learning about the asylum process and about what defines refugee status. This track includes tips on completing an asylum application and preparing the client for the asylum officer interview. Track II will provide advanced training in areas such as appellate procedure and family-based immigration to experienced volunteer attorneys and immigration practitioners.

Breakout sessions feature a tutorial on human rights country condition documentation, information on refugees social service needs and on working with torture victims, as well as training on representing detained asylum seekers and battered women. Conference participants will have the opportunity to observe a mock INS asylum interview and mock Immigration Court asylum hearing.

For schedule, fees and registration materials contact Peder Nestingen at [email protected] or 612-341-3302 ext.118.


April 9, 2000 ~ Womens Human Rights Program Spring House Party 3:00-5:00.

April 7, 2000 ~Pro Bono Opportunities for Protecting Children's Human Rights, 12:00-2:00, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Pillsbury Center South Tower, 12th Floor Dome Room, 220 S 6th St, Minneapolis

March 31, 2000 ~ Lunchtime talk: Attorney Colleen Beebe speaks on US policy toward Colombia in light of the appropriation of $1.7 billion to the Colombian government. We will discuss opportunities for volunteers to get involved in advocating for a just Colombia policy. 12:00 Lindquist & Vennum office, 4200 IDS Center.

March 4, 2000 ~ International Womens Day Event International Womens Day Annual Celebration.

December 28, 1999 ~ Child Labor Project Raffle drawing.  Proceeds support the One School at a Time Campaign to provide an alternative to child labor in Sankhu, Nepal.  First prize - Tickets for two to Kathmandu;  Three Second prizes Original 11 x 14 photography by David Parker of child workers; Ten Third prizes Signed copy of Parkers book:  Stolen Dreams:  Portraits of Working Children. 

November 8 9, 1999 ~ Childrens Human Rights Conference:  A strategic planning conference to educate the legal community and public about how the Convention on the Rights of the Child applies to Minnesotas children, and to develop practical strategies for implementing the Childrens Rights Convention in Minnesota law and policy.

October 15, 1999 ~  12:00-1:00p.m.  Brown Bag Lunch  at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, LLP.  Advocating to End FGM (Female Genital Mutilation): A Dialogue with Mimi Ramsey, International Expert on FGM.  Listen to a personal account of FGM.  Learn about updates on current legislation, national and international advocacy initiatives on FGM, and resources on the issue. 

September 14, 1999 ~ First community meeting to plan International Womens Day 2000.

June 3, 1999 ~ 1999 Human Rights Awards Dinner

May 1999 ~ Child Survival and Human Rights workshops in Uganda.

April 24, 1999 ~ 1999 Annual Meeting. This years Annual Meeting offered members and friends opportunities to learn more about the state of the organization, our current programs and upcoming projects, and discuss ideas and issues. The event will also provide one hour seminars from different program areas that offer legal training and increase understanding of complex international human rights issues. These seminars include; "Recent Developments in Asylum Law" (1 CLE credit pending), " Womens Human Rights-- International and National Priority" (1 CLE credit pending), "Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights-- Preventing Child Mortality and Child Labor," and " Beyond the Headlines: Indigenous Human Rights Issues in Minnesota."

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For more information, contact Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights,
310 Fourth Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1012.
Tel: 612-341-3302, Fax: 612-341-2971, E-mail: [email protected]

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