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Applied Human Rights Research, Policy & Practice

The Human Rights Center undertakes special research and policy projects that do not fit neatly into the other programming streams, but that advance human rights practice in tangible ways.

Special Projects

  • The Minnesota-Antioquia Human Rights Partnership is a collaborative effort to strengthen the capacity of universities in Antioquia, Colombia, to teach, research, and provide clinical legal representation toward the promotion of international human rights and the rule of law. The project focuses on strengthening the institutional capacity of the Colombian partners, serving vulnerable populations, and developing human rights leaders. The Human Rights Program (CLA) and the Human Rights Center/Law School are the principal University of Minnesota partnering entities. The Colombian partner institutions are Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad Católica de Oriente, Universidad de Medellín, and Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana.
  • The Guantánamo Defense Project, which provides legal assistance to military lawyers defending "War on Terror" detainees held by U.S. forces at Guantánamo Bay.
  • Complimenting the Guantánamo Defense Project, the Human Rights Library Special Collections include a library of government documents pertaining to the roles of Armed Forces Medical Personnel who worked in U.S. Armed Forces prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Guantanamo Bay from 2001-06. This collection is entitled United States Military Medicine in War on Terror Prisons, Eds. Steven Miles, Leah Marks, and is available free of charge through the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library.
  • The Human Rights Education Topic Book Series, a set of training manuals and activity books for school and community settings on general human rights principles and specific human rights topics.
  • Training Manual on Human Rights Monitoring, a training manual published for the UN High Com-missioner on Human Rights, detailing the methodology and best practices of monitoring a country's human rights conditions.

Applied Human Rights Research