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Human Rights Initiative Program

The Future of Culture and Rights for Bolivia's Indigenous Movements | 08/02/05 Robert Albro Present hostilities in Bolivia are fundamentally a war over the representation and status of the rights of the country’s majority indigenous population.

The Question of Torture | 06/01/05 Mark Bowden, Mark Danner, Darius Rejali, Elaine Scarry, Aryeh Neier This distinguished panel explores the practical, moral, legal, historical, and psychological aspects of torture and debates "the ticking bomb" scenario.

A response to Elsa Stamatopoulou's paper "Why Cultural Rights Now?" (9/23/04) | 09/24/04 Richard A. Wilson, Armstrong Wiggins, Andrew J. Nathan, Tanni Mukhopadhyay, Shalini Venturelli, Tara Melish, John Scott In this discussion of Elsa Stamatopoulou's paper "Why Cultural Rights Now?" Richard Wilson remarks that she takes a "mediated" or "modulated universalism" view on human and cultural rights. He also points out 3 unresolved "ambiguities" and "contradictions" that he feels are relevant to cultural rights and should be addressed in future debates on the subject.

Why Cultural Rights Now? | 09/23/04 Elsa Stamatopoulou, Joanne Bauer Stamatopoulou discusses the destructive trends facing the world's 370 million indigenous peoples, as outlined by the Human Development Report 2004, concluding that it will take more than democracy and equitable growth to preserve their traditions.

Indigenous Peoples and the Creation of an Inclusive International Legal System | 01/14/04 John Scott, Joanne Bauer John Scott, of the Secretariat for the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, discusses the challenges in achieving international protection of indigenous rights.

Revisiting Humanitarian Intervention: Post-September 11 | 11/19/01 Joe Saunders Should Rights NGOs Ever Advocate Armed Intervention in Human Rights Crises? Has September 11 adversely affected relations between international and local rights NGOs? What is the proper role of international NGOs in shaping post-conflict institutions?

Bridging Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: A Dialogue Between Critical Communities | 07/18/01 Joe Saunders Human rights advocates and conflict resolution specialists working in war-torn societies share the common goal of constructing stable societies based on the rule of law, but their approaches are often at odds. On July 16-17, 2001, the Carnegie Council, with the support of the United States Institute of Peace, held a workshop aimed at fostering dialogue, bringing together approximately 20 representatives from the two communities.

The Contested Terrain of Water Development and Human Rights | 05/10/01 Dipak Gyawali Nepalese water expert Dipak Gyawali discusses the role of the human rights movement in contesting dams and other water projects that destroy people's homes and livelihoods.

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