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Conference Addresses International Human Rights in Local ‘Town Hall’

On July 6 and 7, the University of Minnesota Law School will host "Hidden Horrors of Ethiopia’s Abuse" sponsored by the Ogaden Human Rights Committee (OHRC). The conference, held in Mondale Hall, will bring together academics, activists, and community leaders to discuss the human rights abuses in Ogaden, the Somali region of Ethiopia.

Building on momentum created by a recent New York Times report on Ogaden, the conference aims to raise international awareness of human rights abuses in the region and discuss methods to improve conditions there.

Friday’s theme is “Human Rights: Forgotten History.” Opening ceremonies begin at 4:00 p.m., with panel discussions following. Panels consist of representatives from OHRC, Canada, and Ethiopia as well as local participants, including local attorney and senatorial candidate Michael Ciresi (class of 1971) and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Saturday’s session, “Town Hall Meeting,” begins at 4:00 p.m. Presentations will be conducted in Somali, and interpreters will not be available.