Stanford Association for International Development (SAID) hosted a conference on forced migration last Saturday, inviting top scholars and experts in the field to speak of the troubles facing refugees today, such as violations of inherent refugee rights, the inhuman conditions of refugee camps, and the lack of assistance from developed countries.
This bill is not neutral. It is not genuinely about human rights. Instead, it advocates a specific political agenda—one directed squarely against Israel, the only liberal democracy in a region characterized by totalitarianism and intolerance. This bill tries to reduce an extremely complicated geopolitical issue to a one-sided, specious narrative of human rights abuse.
Why is mid-October is my favorite holiday season? Because the United Nations Association Film Festival is back on campus, of course.
Steven Hawkins, the executive director of Amnesty International USA, spoke at Stanford Law School on Thursday about the future of human rights advocacy in the United States.
For the past four years, Stanford’s Camera as Witness (CAW) program has sought to foster student activism on campus by working hand-in-hand with student leaders to spark conversation on contentious social issues.
We recognize the privilege of being at a university where such prominent figures are brought in to speak, and we strongly believe that the advancements that have been made in rebuilding Rwanda after the genocide should be celebrated and encouraged. We do not believe, however, that the Stanford administration, the GSB or the student body as a whole should ignore the serious allegations that have been leveled against Kagame’s administration. Kagame’s Rwanda is complex and multidimensional; as we celebrate one dimension, we must be sure not to ignore those other, more sinister elements.
Sachs, whose hour-long lecture largely served as a tribute to the ailing Mandela, was this year’s keynote speaker for Stanford’s Summer Human Rights Lecture Series, a feature of the Summer Human Rights Program that offers public lectures by eminent leaders of movements for equality.
Members from the Stanford Students for Palestinian Equal Rights (SPER) and others formed a sit-down blockade starting at noon.