Events Calendar

Alison L. Des Forges Memorial Committee International Symposium

Counterterrorism, Electoral Politics, and Human Rights

Sarah Jackson, Julia Hall and Naureen Shah, Amnesty International; Jehanne Henry and Laura Pitter, Human Rights Watch; Ryan Dalton, National Democratic Institute; Eric Topfer, German Institute for Human Rights; Howard Eissenstat, St. Lawrence University; Nicole Hallett, UB School of Law
107 Capen
North Campus
9:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Alison Des Forges Memorial Committee; Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy; Community for Global Health Equity; Departments of Comparative Literature, History and Political Science; Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Humanities Institute, James Agee Chair in American Culture, Department of Philosophy Samuel P. Capen Chair and Office of the Vice Provost for International Education
Roger Des Forges at, Ellen Dussourd at or Shaun Irlam at
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We like to view counterterrorism as an essential policy to keep innocent people safe, and electoral politics as a way to protect human rights. Yet, counterterrorism measures can result in immigration policies and military tactics that violate human rights, and elections and referenda may provide opportunities for racist demagoguery, nativist discrimination, and violence against civilians. This symposium will explore these counterintuitive relationships, and seek ways to mitigate the unwanted side effects resulting from such policies and institutions.