Human rights celebrated at law school

Rebecca Berfanger
November 30, 2009
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Indianapolis-based Human Rights Works has again teamed up with Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis' Program in International Human Rights Law to host a celebration to coincide with the anniversary of the signing of the United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights.

This year, the free event that is open to the public, "Embrace diversity; end discrimination," will take place 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 4 in the law school atrium, 530 W. New York St., Indianapolis.

Keynote speaker will be Fran Quigley, visiting professor at the Indianapolis law school and associate director of the Indiana-Kenya Partnership/AMPATH program. He is a past executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana and is now on that organization's board of directors.

Quigley also co-founded the Legal Aid Centre of Eldoret, a legal clinic that helps people with HIV/AIDS who are served by the AMPATH program in Eldoret, Kenya, with plans to serve other area residents who have civil legal issues.

In addition to human rights efforts in Kenya, the event will focus on current events in The Republic of Guinea. The western African country has made international news following the killing of more than 150 people by government troops during a political rally in the capital, Conakry, in September.

The human rights event will offer ways for participants to get involved with these and other issues.

Entertainment and refreshments will be provided. Students from the law school will read poetry and DJ Kyle Long will play local and international music. More information about Human Rights Works is on its Web site,

Professor George Edwards, director and founder of the Indianapolis law school's PIHRL, said in a statement, "Eleanor Roosevelt, who was instrumental in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights ... said 'Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.' ... Our annual Human Rights Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on how each of us is entitled to human rights, freedom, and dignity."


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