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October 26, 2009

Human Rights Happy Hour: Murhabazi Namegabe to speak on “Children and Armed Conflict,” Monday, October 26, 2009

On Monday, October 26, from 3:30–5:30, in the Eidman Courtroom (CCJ 2.306) at the University of Texas School of Law, the Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice will host Dr. Murhabazi Namegabe, who will speak on “Children and Armed Conflict.”

Namegabe’s Happy Hour talk will discuss his work in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the ongoing conflicts in Africa, particularly as these conflicts affect young people.

Murhabazi Namegabe heads the child and youth programmes for the Congolese NGO Bureau pour le Volontariat au Service de l’Enfance et de la Santé (Volunteer Office in the Service of Children and Health or BVES). Through BVES, Namegabe promotes the rights of children affected by armed conflict and supports grassroots organizations in monitoring, documenting, and reporting on children’s rights violations in eastern Congo. Namegabe’s risky and difficult negotiations with armed rebels to release conscripted children and to cease armed conflict have steadily and quietly improved the lives of thousands. Due to his careful documentation and advocacy, child recruitment is now a crime under Congolese military and national law. In the fall of 2009, he will receive the Oscar Romero Award from The Rothko Chapel in Houston, Texas.

More information on the Rapoport Center’s Human Rights Happy Hour Speaker Series, including additional upcoming speakers, can also be found on the Rapoport Center website.

Contact

Alia Hasan, Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice, ahasan@law.utexas.edu