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UW-Eau Claire to recognize Human Rights Week April 22-25

April 17, 2013

HRWeekFINAL-copyEAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, in partnership with the Human Trafficking Abolitionists student organization, will present Human Rights Week 2013 from April 22-25. The theme of the event is "Every Person Matters."

"Human rights are fundamental truths and rights almost everyone in the world can agree upon," said Kristine Rivall, co-chair of the Human Trafficking Abolitionists. "We in HTA believe that human rights are the pathway to peace, and something to be deeply celebrated. That is why our annual event is Human Rights Week, where you can come learn about some of the biggest issues going on in the world today, and help us promote the idea of human rights."

Activities for the week, all of which are free and open to the public, are as follows:

April 22-25:

  • Free-baked-goods giveaway: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. daily, Davies Center. T-shirts, buttons and other goods for fundraising will also be available.

April 22:

  • Ethical consumer workshop: 4-5 p.m., Centennial Room, Davies Center Are you an ethical consumer? Do you enforce slavery when you buy chocolate? Participants in this workshop will learn about their "slavery footprint," the best resources to use when deciding whether to buy a product and how to decipher "good charities" from "bad charities."
  • Documentary screening: "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry," 6:30-8 p.m., Hibbard Humanities Hall Room 100 — Ai Weiwei is China's most famous international artist and most outspoken domestic critic. Against a backdrop of strict censorship and an unresponsive legal system, Weiwei expresses himself and organizes people through art and social media. In response, Chinese authorities have shut down his blog, beat him up, bulldozed his studio and held him in secret detention. "Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry" is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age who inspires global audiences and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.

April 23:

  • U.S. Department of Homeland Security speakers, 2 p.m., Old Library 1132 — Think human trafficking doesn't happen in the United States? Come listen to a group of officers from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security talk about recent human trafficking busts and human rights violations in the United States. Speakers directly involved with the notorious Operation Sunflower will be there to answer questions.
  • Documentary screening: "Syria Undercover," 7-8 p.m., Hibbard Humanities Hall Room 100 — As the revolution in Syria rages on well after the fall of dictators in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, this FRONTLINE documentary offers a rare look from inside, traveling with undercover reporter Ramita Navai into some of the most dangerous parts of Syria to meet members of the opposition movement forced into hiding. This program contains mature content, including graphic imagery that may not be appropriate for more sensitive viewers. Viewer discretion is advised. A discussion will follow the screening.

April 24:

  • 27 Minutes Event: 12-2 p.m., Campus Mall Individuals are encouraged to stand on the campus mall for 27 minutes holding signs in support of freedom. This event is to raise awareness for the estimated 27 million slaves in the world today. Signs will be provided for participants.
  • Documentary screening: "Kony 2012 Part II," 6:30-8 p.m., Hibbard Humanities Hall Room 100 — "Kony 2012" was a short film created by the Invisible Children organization that went viral in March 2012. The film had more than 94 million views on YouTube and even caused the official website to crash due to widespread popularity. Now, over a year later, what happened? Come watch "Kony 2012 Part 2," followed by a discussion about where Invisible Children is today and what the situation in the Congo and Central African Republic is currently like.

April 25:

  • Documentary Screening: "The Human Experience," 6:30-8 p.m., Hibbard Humanities Hall Room 100 — This documentary tells the story of a band of brothers who travel the world in search of the answers to the burning questions "Who am I?," "Who is Man?" and "Why do we search for meaning?" Their journey brings them into the middle of the lives of the homeless on the streets of New York City, the orphans and disabled children of Peru, and the abandoned lepers in the forests of Ghana. What the young men discover changes them forever. Through one-on-one interviews and real life encounters, the brothers are awakened to the beauty of the human person and the resilience of the human spirit. A discussion will follow.

The event is hosted by the following UW-Eau Claire's Residence Hall Association and Student Senate, in collaboration with student organizations Better Together Eau Claire, Art Student Association and Common Ground.

For more information, contact Kristine Rivall at or 763-218-8074.



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