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HMR stands in solidarity with Iranian Protesters - Urges Use of Backpack to Safeguard Academic Materials and Research

The UC Davis Human Rights Studies Program stands in solidarity with the people of Iran as many have taken to streets in protest of the death in custody of a 22-year-old Kurdish Iranian woman, Zhina Mahsa Amini. She was arrested and beaten by members of Iran’s Gašt-e Eršād or Guidance Patrol, more commonly called, the “morality police” for allegedly wearing her hijab — a legally required headscarf — improperly.

Human Rights Studies and the Current Labor Action

The University of California, Davis Human Rights Studies Program recognizes that University of California graduate students, researchers, student employees and postdocs have engaged in efforts to secure fair wages, benefits and working conditions.  Considering these efforts, we express our support for our fellow academic workers and call on the UC to bargain in good faith and hope a just and fair agreement can be achieved quickly.   

We also reaffirm our support for Article 23:3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)

“Kill the Armenian/Indian; Save the Turk/Man: Carceral Humanitarianism, the Transfer of Children and a Comparative History of Indigenous Genocide”

On a warm Fall afternoon in 1915 in Syria, a Protestant missionary lifted a five-year-old Armenian boy, Karnig Panian (1910-1989), onto a train headed to Beirut. From there he was taken to a small village called Antoura, where a boarding school had been established to transform Armenian and Kurdish children into Turks. Panian’s family had been murdered over the previous months as part of the World War One-era genocide of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire.

“Kill the Armenian/Indian; Save the Turk/Man: Carceral Humanitarianism, the Transfer of Children and a Comparative History of Indigenous Genocide”

On a warm Fall afternoon in 1915 in Syria, a Protestant missionary lifted a five-year-old Armenian boy, Karnig Panian (1910-1989), onto a train headed to Beirut. From there he was taken to a small village called Antoura, where a boarding school had been established to transform Armenian and Kurdish children into Turks. Panian’s family had been murdered over the previous months as part of the World War One-era genocide of the Armenians of the Ottoman Empire.

Backpacker, Go! - Spring 2022 Article 26 Backpack Newsletter

Spring 2022 Newsletter 

Welcome to Article 26 Backpack’s first newsletter! 

Produced by the Article 26 Backpack team at the University of California, Davis, the Article 26 Quarterly Newsletter provides resources, news, and relevant information to Backpackers to support them in protecting their human right to education. This quarter, we have information regarding our newly created Ukrainian and Russian versions of Article 26 Backpack, as well as free language exam and academic credentialing resources. 

UC Davis Human Rights Lab: Human Rights Internships Impossible without Financial Assistance

During Spring Quarter 2022, we polled students (n=90) in three Human Rights Studies classes (two upper division and one lower) about their interest in having a Human Rights related internship as well as the financial hurdles they experienced taking advantage of internships. The majority of Human Rights related internships are unpaid and typically ask interns to volunteer anywhere from 20-40 hours of their time per week.

UC Davis Launches Article 26 Backpack in Ukrainian and Russian

University of California, Davis – The Article 26 Backpack now includes Ukrainian and Russian in order to meet the challenges for displaced people and refugees as a result of the recent war in Ukraine. This advancement will help displaced students, researchers, scientists, and human rights activists, all of whom are targets in Putin’s war on higher education.

Spring Human Rights Events - From Afghan Refugee Support to Mark Arax on Genocide in California's Past

  Photos: Casey Lauren.   Raising Awareness of Afghan Refugee Needs  - Midnight Traveller and Internship Fair - March 10, 2022 Hunt Hall 100   On Thursday,  Kiana Alireza, Afghanistan Backpack Team Lead Guide and Louise Sevilla, HMR Peer Advisor hosted an encore showing of one of our favorite HRW Film Festival Films, "Midnight Traveller" alongside an pop-up internship fair to which IRC, World Relief and Yolo Food Bank/ Global Learning Hub sent rep

Mark Arax: Naivete is a wonderful gift...if you want cynicism, it will come

Responding to a question from the audience about the despair many young people feel in the face of current human rights problems and how those who believe that change is possible are marginalized and called “naïve,” Mark Arax, this year’s distinguished Dr. Shant and Robin Garabedian Lecturer explained to both a live and online audience: