The University of Minnesota Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs, Law School and Human Rights Center present a special Panel Discussion Event.

The “New Breed” of African Leaders and the Future of Human Rights and Democracy in Africa
 
Friday, April 6,2007
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Room 25 Mondale Hall
229 19th Ave S.
Minneapolis, MN 55455

 
The Humphrey Institute, the Law School and the Human Rights Center are proud to present a panel discussion event on Africa, Democracy, Human Rights, and U.S. Foreign Policy. Framed in the context of the phrase “the new breed of African leaders,” coined by U.S. President Bill Clinton, the discussion will critically examine the challenges and obstacles to democratization and respect for human rights that persist in African countries.

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.
 
Schedule of Events and Issue Highlights
9:00 - 9:10 AM Introduction
9:10 - 10:15 AM U.S. Foreign Policy in Africa Video Tape1
10:15 - 10:30 AM 15-minute break
10:30 - 11:35 AM Africa Country Conditions, Part 1: Human Rights and Rule of LawVideo Tape2
11:35 AM - 12:35 PM Lunch
12:35 - 1:40 PM Africa Country Conditions, Part 2: Democracy, Civil Society, and GovernanceVideo Tape3
1:40 - 1:55 PM 15-minute break
1:55 - 3:00 PM Case Study: Ethiopian Elections of 2005 Video Tape 4
3:00 - 3:15 PM 15-minute break
3:15 - 3:50 PM Concluding Remarks: Rethinking U.S. Policy
3:50 - 4:00 PM Conclusion
 
Confirmed Speakers
Michael Clough - Former Director of Africa Advocacy, Human Rights Watch
Christopher Fomunyoh - Senior Associate and Regional Director, National Democratic Institute
Meredith McQuaid - Associate Vice President and Dean, Office of International Programs, University of Minnesota
Alemayehu G. Mariam - Professor, Department of Political Science, California State University-San Bernardino
Peter Takirambudde - Executive Director, Sub-Saharan Africa Program Human Rights Watch
Birhanemeskel Abebe Segni - Former Legal Advisor, Permanent Mission of Ethiopia to the United Nations Headquarters in New York
Arnold Tsunga - Executive Director, Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights
Anna Ishaku - Director of Public Prosecutions, Kaduna State, Nigeria
Evelyn Jifon - Coordinator, Sistershare and Nsobahti Women's Associations, Cameroon
Aboubakary Moumouni Moussa - Senior Advisor, Educational and Social Activities, GERED-ONG, Benin
 
Confirmed Panel Moderators
David Weissbrodt - Regents Professor & Fredrikson & Byron Professor of Law, University of Minnesota; Co-Director, Human Rights Center
Daniel Abebe - Dean, First College, Metropolitan State University
Barbara Frey - Director, Human Rights Program, University of Minnesota
Judge Lajune Lange - President, International Leadership Institute; Judge (ret.), Hennepin County District Court

Special thanks to our event co-sponsors for their wonderful support.
The African News Journal, the African Student Association, Amnesty International Law Student Group, Amnesty International-University of Minnesota Student Chapter, Books for Africa, the Ethiopian-American National Alliance, the Humphrey Fellowship Program, the International Leadership Institute, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, Minnesota African Women’s Association (MAWA), the Oromo-American Citizens Council, and the Oromia Student Union.

University of Minnesota Department and Program Co-sponsors: The African American & African Studies Department, the Department of History, the Department of Political Science, the Institute for Global Studies, and the Human Rights Program.

Conference Materials
Event flyer (PDF) View/Download
Event concept paper (PDF) View/Download
Press release (PDF) View/Download
Human Rights and Development in Africa - Paper by Arnold Tsunga (Doc) View/Download
The Evil legacy of colonization - Presentation by Aboubakary Moumouni Moussa (PPT) View/Download
Human Rights and Rule of Law - Presentation by Ann Ishaku (PPT) View/Download