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Human Rights Program Past Events

Among liberal democracies, the United States stands alone in its defense of hate speech as integral to upholding the First Amendment and ensuring a free society. Recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia—the site of a... Read more
 
For decades, the US has been at the forefront of promoting the global “war on drugs,” through the aggressive enforcement of criminal laws prohibiting... Read more
 
***This event has been canceled due to weather.*** Please join the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute... Read more
 
For 40 years the Sahrawi people have been caught between two harsh realities: life in desert refugee camps and life under Moroccan occupation. These realities go largely unreported, and the voices of those living in Western Sahara go unheard.... Read more
 
On December 16, 1966, the UN General Assembly adopted the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Together with the Universal Declaration of... Read more
 
To mark the 68th anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, the UN will present its annual Human Rights Day event at Roosevelt House on Friday, December 9th, at 1:00pm. ... Read more
 
A Forum with Ted Piccone and Ambassadors Hardeep Singh Puri and Antonio de Aguiar Patriota ... Read more
 
President Obama’s election in 2008 cemented the importance of the youth vote. As the largest and most diverse voting bloc in the country, Millennials are a political powerhouse that are increasingly shaping the... Read more
 
Jerusalem has been described as the “volcanic core” of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Competing religious, national, and historic narratives exist side-by-side in the city, in a constant struggle for legitimacy, validity,... Read more
 
A Panel Discussion with: Thomas Allen Harris photographer and documentarian Shanti Thakur... Read more
 
On Thursday, November 19th, New York State Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul will visit the Roosevelt House to discuss landmark legislation passed in New York State to prevent sexual violence on... Read more
 
Note: This event will be held in the Broadcast Media Studio, HN436. Through artistic process and provocation, the featured artists — Dread Scott, Miguel Gutierrez,... Read more
 
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein took office in September 2014 as the seventh UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, a post established by the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights as the principal human rights official in the UN... Read more
 
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The indelible image of Aylan Kurdi, the 3-year old boy who drowned in Turkey’s Bodrum peninsula while fleeing along with his family members his home in Syria for a new life, finally caught the world’s attention about the movement of tens of... Read more
 
The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College is pleased to host “Human Rights in the USA,” a forum in advance of the May 11 review of the US Human Rights Record at the UN Human Rights Council.  The... Read more
 
How can we confront the problems of diminished democracy, pervasive economic inequality, and persistent global poverty? Is it possible to fulfill the dual aims of deepening democratic participation and achieving economic justice, not only locally... Read more
 
The James G. McDonald Distinguished Lecture on Humanitarian Intervention, co-sponsored by The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College. ... Read more
 
New technologies can play a key role in protecting human rights, but also create new threats to human rights and vulnerabilities for human rights defenders. This program examined such developments as the use of satellite imagery, drones, and... Read more
 
Why do wars cluster in some regions and not in others? Why do wars spread to engulf additional countries?... Read more
 
The Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College hosted a two-day conference marking the 20th anniversary of the end of Apartheid and the establishment of South Africa’s constitutional... Read more
 
Summerfest is an annual forum for prospective students interested in graduate programs in international affairs at Columbia University, Princeton University, Johns Hopkins University, Tufts University and Georgetown University. This event... Read more
 
In the last decade, Judge Robert Katzmann, Chief Justice for the United States court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, noticed a new wave of immigration cases flooding local, state, and federal courts — sometimes occupying up to 40% of... Read more
 
This event was co-sponsored with the Department of Political Science at Hunter College. India’s general elections are not only fascinating and consequential in their own right; they are also an important indicator of democracy’s global... Read more
 
Roosevelt House welcomed Edwin Cameron, Justice of the Constitutional Court, South Africa’s highest court. He is one of South Africa’s most prominent judicial figures and has a long history of activism, especially with regards to the... Read more
 
Reed Brody, Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, will talk with Hunter students about his long and finally successful quest to bring the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, to justice for the killings of... Read more
 
UN Under-Secretary-General Ameerah Haq, who oversees all of the UN’s peacekeeping missions around the world, will have lunch with Hunter students to discuss the role of human rights in UN peacekeeping operations, and provide... Read more
 
Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute held a panel discussion of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire and its effect on labor laws and workplace safety in the US, and of the recent factory fire in Bangladesh and the effect it might have... Read more
 
Leading human rights activist, lawyer, and Co-Chairperson of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Human Rights Committee, Andrew Khoo, will be joining us fresh from representing Malaysian NGOs at the previous week’s review of... Read more
 
View our conversation below with award-winning Indian film actress, director, and committed human rights advocate, Nandita Das. She spoke with NYU Anthropology Professor Ritty Lukose, Hunter Public Policy... Read more