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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire

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UW-Eau Claire Amnesty International Chapter
To Host Panel On Religious Persecution
MAILED: April 25, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE —The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire chapter of Amnesty International will host a panel discussion on religious persecution at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the Tamarack Room of UW-Eau Claire’s Davies Center.
         The focus of the discussion will be on the human rights abuses people experience as a result of practicing their religion. Panelists will share personal accounts and stories of people being tortured and abused for their beliefs. Invited speakers include Dr. Brett Greider, assistant professor of philosophy and religious studies at UW-Eau Claire; John Nania, a Falun Gong practitioner from Minneapolis; and Getaneh M., who was tortured in his home country of Ethiopia for his Christian beliefs.
         David Stamps, former treasurer and vice-president of the board of Amnesty International U.S.A., will present an overview of Amnesty International’s work on instances of religious persecution around the world as they relate to human rights abuses.
         Greider will discuss current human rights issues associated with the Mayan indigenous peoples of Guatemala. He also will discuss two recent truth commissions documenting the violence that has claimed over 200,000 lives in the past thirty years.
         Nania will share his knowledge of Falun Gong and the persecution his fellow practitioners have experienced under the Chinese government. Nania also will provide demonstrations of Falun Gong from 11 to 4 p.m. on the campus mall.
         Getaneh will share his and his family’s personal experiences of torture and ill treatment during imprisonment in Ethiopia.
         Additional speakers include a practicing Tibetan Buddhist who will share her personal experience of the persecution Tibetan Buddhists have experienced under the Chinese government, and a University of Minnesota graduate student from China whose mother was imprisoned for her practice of Falun Gong.
         The event is free and open to the public. Participants will have an opportunity to take action against human rights abuses due to religious persecution following the panel discussion.
         For more information, contact co-presidents Molly Bjorngjeld at (715) 833-9892 or Sarah Aldridge (715) 855-2925, or visit the UW-Eau Claire Amnesty International Web site.

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Updated: April 25, 2001