Human Rights and the International Refugee Crisis

Panel Discussion on Thursday September 20th, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in  GenRe Forum

This year the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has its 70th anniversary – yet many challenges to defend basic human rights and human security continue. Among the endangered groups are many internally and externally displaced people that are fleeing conflict zones in the Middle East, but also Latin America and Asia. In fact, the current number of refugees in the world is comparable only to the number of displaced persons after WWII.

The speakers at the event will address both the dangers to and the possibilities for protecting human security, education and human rights of refugees. They also will explain how refugee resettlement and “vetting” of asylum seekers actually works and has changed in the recent past.

Aye Aye Thant                                                                                                                           Aye Aye Thant, daughter of former UN Secretary General U Thant, has long been an advocate for human rights and peace. She is an active member of UNA/USA and the author of several publications, including, “One World Visions of U Thant Secretary-General of the United Nations 1961-1971,”

Maha Karahamad,                                                                                                                        Maha is an NCC alumna, who has become an experience public speaker for Save the Children, an NGO that works closely with the UN on rescuing children from conflict areas and delivering education to children that are affected by forced migration. Maha came as a refugee with her children from Syria and has since become and advocate for other women and children affected by displacement.

IRIS Refugee Resettlement organization                                                                                            Based in New Haven, IRIS is the largest refugee resettlement agency in the state. The mission of IRIS is to “help refugees and other displaced people to establish new lives, regain hope, and contribute to the vitality of Connecticut’s communities.” The IRIS representative will speak about the process of resettlement and the challenges in our time.

Please R.S.V.P if you want to bring a class : Hmoeckel-Rieke@norwalk.edu