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December 4, 2009
Program in International Human Rights Law Event
Human Rights Day: Embrace Diversity. End Discrimination.

Speaker: Visiting Professor Fran Quigley
Time: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Conour Atrium
Contact: Kevin Munoz at 317-278-3857 or

“All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.” These first few famous words of the 60-year old Universal Declaration of Human Rights form the basis of international human rights law. Yet today, millions of people around the globe endure daily human rights violations, including here in Indiana.

Indianapolis non-profit organization, Human Rights Works, Inc., along with the Indiana School of Law- Indianapolis (IU-Indy) Program in International Human Rights Law (PIHRL) will celebrate Human Rights Day by hosting a free event on Friday 4 December 2009 at the Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis Atrium (530 W. New York Street), 4-6 pm. " Human Rights Day 2009: Embrace Diversity. End Discrimination" will focus on non-discrimination.

  • Local human rights activist Professor Fran Quigley will give the main address.
  • Indiana University – Indianapolis Law students will read poetry.
  • DJ, Kyle Long, will provide local and international music and entertainment.
  • The event will address discrimination.
  • The event will also address recent atrocities against innocent victims in The Republic of Guinea.

Admission is free. Open to the public.

Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Professor Fran Quigley is visiting Professor at IU School of Law- Indianapolis . He has many distinguished accomplishments as a champion for human rights. Professor Quigley is the Associate Director of the Indiana-Kenya Partnership/AMPATH, and co-founder of Legal Aid Centre of Eldoret (LACE), a non-governmental organization (NGO) and human rights law clinic devoted to representing HIV-positive individuals in western Kenya. He is former Executive Director of the Indiana Civil Liberties Union (ICLU-ACLU).

“’ Human Rights Day 2009- Embrace Diversity. End Discrimination’ gives Indianapolis an opportunity to join the global community in reaffirming the inherent dignity of all humans,” said Kevin Munoz, Co-Founder of Human Rights work and Research Assistant to Professor George Edwards of the PIHRL.

Professor George Edwards, Director and Founder of IU-Indy’s renowned Program in International Human Rights law explains, “Observing Human Rights Day in Indianapolis is extremely important. Eleanor Roosevelt, who was instrumental in drafting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, tells us why it is important. She said ‘ Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home .’ I agree with Mrs. Roosevelt. Human rights begin right here at home, in Indianapolis. Our Annual Human Rights Day gives us an opportunity to reflect on how each of us is entitled to human rights, freedom and dignity. This year is our second Annual Human Rights Day Celebration. I hope we continue to celebrate Human Rights Day for years to come.”
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See the article in The Indiana Lawyer: "Human Rights Celebrated at Law School" (November 30, 2009).