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Kevin Boyle and the Rise of the Human Rights Movement
Tuesday 24 March 5.00pm – 6.30pm
Followed by a wine reception
Held at Merton College (Mure Room), Oxford
ARTICLE 19 and the Oxford Initiative for Global
Ethics and Human Rights joint seminar to discuss the development of the human rights movement as we know it today, through the life of one man, human rights giant the late Kevin Boyle.
Photo credit: (Peter Orme, Daily Telegraph) shows Kevin Boyle, (centre) at the launch of the Rushdie campaign in 1998/9 with (l/r) Kazuo Ishiguro, Arnold Wesker, Frances D’Souza and Harold Pinter.
Kevin Boyle’s biographer, former veteran CNN foreign correspondent Mike Chinoy, will speak about his new book on Boyle’s pivotal role in several of the most important campaigns to have shaped human rights internationally. Chinoy will be joined by Paddy Coulter, Chair of ARTICLE 19, Borislav Petranov, Director of Global Rights and Accountability for the Open Society Human Rights Initiative, and Denise Dora, Regional Director for ARTICLE 19 in Brazil and South America. Together they will assess Boyle’s legacy and take stock of where the international human rights movement now stands.
Images above from left: Dr. Catia Confortini from Wellesley College with attendees, lecturer Asil Sidahmed, Advocacy Strategy for Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, Dr. Julia Amos of Oxford's War and Peace Network and attendees from University of Southern California, University of Michigan, Wellesley College, Claremont College, and Estácio de Sá University, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
IRSHAD MANJI, MANAS GHANEM & DAMIAN GORMAN
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