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MacArthur Fellow John Kamm to speak at Human Rights in Asia conference May 12-13


John Kamm

The Human Rights Program of the Center for International Studies announces a two day conference on Human Rights in Asia on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, 2006. The conference will bring together an international array of scholars and activists to explore some of the most pressing human rights issues and challenges facing the region today.

The conference will provide a forum in which questions regarding the validity of claims to “eastern” or Asian values as not suited to human rights and democracy will be discussed and debated, with due emphasis given to the means by which human rights is or should be advocated in Asian countries. Please see our website for a list of panels and participants.

Mr. John Kamm, Executive Director of the Dui Hua Foundation and 2004 MacArthur Fellow, will be giving a keynote address titled, “Transparency and the Struggle for Human Rights in China.” Since 1990, Mr. Kamm has made more than 70 trips to Beijing and other parts of China in an effort to engage the Chinese government in a dialogue on human rights. Under his leadership, the Dui Hua Foundation has been active thus far in its advocacy for political prisoners in China. The keynote will take place at 6pm on Friday May 12.

The conference will take place at the University of Chicago International House, 1414 East 59th Street, and is free and open to the public. For more information please contact Maureen Loughnane at 773-834-0957, email or visit our website:
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