UConn Stamford to host human rights forum

By Bill Fallon

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The University of Connecticut’s Stamford campus will host a daylong forum titled “Beyond Bystander: Monitoring Human Rights in Conflict Zones” on Friday as part of the Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman Conference and Lecture Series on Human Rights Practice.

The program is supported by Stamford-based Point72 Asset Management, part of the company’s five-year commitment to raise human rights awareness through lectures and conferences. It is coordinated by UConn’s Office of Global Affairs in collaboration with the UConn’s Human Rights Institute, UConn’s Thomas J. Dodd Research Center and the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights, with assistance from the UConn Foundation.

“Sen. Lieberman was a tireless champion for human rights, as well as the state of Connecticut and the city of Stamford, during his 24-year tenure in the U. S. Senate,” said Doug Haynes, president of Point72 Asset Management, in a statement. “We are pleased to honor his leadership and advance the cause of human rights by sponsoring UConn’s Stamford-based Senator Joseph I. Lieberman Conference and Lecture Series on Human Rights Practice.”

During the conference, three panels of experts will examine and debate the current methods and technologies used in investigating, verifying, quantifying, analyzing, aggregating, mapping and disseminating knowledge of human rights violations in conflict-ridden environments.

The first session is at 8:30 a.m. and the last ends at 4 p.m. The keynote speaker at 1 p.m. is Navanethem Pillay, former United Nations high commissioner for human rights.

Other guest speakers include Raja Althaibani, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator, WITNESS; Anne Bennett, executive director, Hirondelle USA: Media for Peace and Human Dignity; Kerry Bystrom, associate professor of English and human rights, Bard College Berlin; Yakın Ertürk, professor, Department of Sociology, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey; Akshaya Kumar, Sudan and South Sudan policy analyst, Enough Project; Molly Land, professor of law, University of Connecticut; Emily Martinez, director of the Human Rights Initiative, Open Society Foundation; Richard Pendry, Center for Journalism, University of Kent; Tom Porteous, deputy program director, Human Rights Watch; Abdel Rahman El-Mahdi, president, Sudan Development Initiative; John Stoehr, managing editor, Washington Spectator, and fellow at the Yale Journalism Initiative, Yale University; and Joel Simon, executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists.

The website to register is lieberman.uconn.edu.

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Bill Fallon
Bill Fallon is editor of the Fairfield County Business Journal. He has worked at Westfair Communications for more than five years, previously editing an upstate New York daily and a national motorcycle magazine in Nevada. He attended Iona Prep in New Rochelle, N.Y., and the University of Virginia.
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