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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.

Desmond Tutu's 1985 Visit to UC Davis - Human Rights and Optimism

It is with great sadness, and condolences to the people of South Africa, that the UC Davis Human RIghts Studies Program marks the passing of human rights hero and leader of the anti-Apartheid movement, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.  Bishop Tutu’s death gives us the joyful opportunity, too, to recall his 1985 tour of US college and university campuses to build awareness of the Anti-Apartheid movement and support for economic sanctions, including divestment, against the racist South African régime.

Human Rights Studies Fall 2021 Update - Research/Public Scholarship/Teaching/Outreach

Critical Dates:

12:30 PM December 10, 2021 – K. Watenpaugh will receive the Edward O’Brien Award for Individual Achievement in Human Rights — joint celebration of International Human Rights Day – HRE USA/UCCHRE – Zoom

Noon – 6:00 PM January 21, 2022 – Second Annual Human Rights Research Symposium — International Center Board Room — Contact: Jeannette Money