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  1. Human Rights Day December 10, 2010 Bruce Thao

  2. What are human rights?

  3. Questions to Consider What do human rights mean to me? Is it something I need to be concerned about here in Chicago? What can I do?

  4. Hmong

  5. Hmong

  6. Building Awareness • High school – • Amnesty • UNITY • College – • Elementary tutor • HAWKS • Los Ninos • Workers’ Rights • NH

  7. RADION TRAILER

  8. HMONG-LAO REFUGEES • Huay Nam Khao camp – Deb Dawb • about 5,000 • cramped conditions • MSF pulled out • Nong Khai Detention Center • 152 men, women and children • all have UNHCR refugee status • 2 cells, couple hours walking time per day • international human rights groups media attention/outcry • Site X • about 350 people, 70 families

  9. MAIN HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS • Persecution in Laos • Thailand’s denial of access to refugee assessment by UNHCR • Forced deportations- violation of non-refoulement • Laos denial to transparency and monitoring of repatriation process

  10. NOW • Last Christmas all deported back to Laos • Severe violation of international human rights law • No transparency in repatriation or resettlement process

  11. HMONG-THAI VILLAGERS Emergencies & Disasters • Social stigma • Relief is always channeled to mainstream Thais first • Road Access • Some rural areas are not reached • Hmong seen as second-class • citizens • Lack job skills • Domestic violence • Alcoholism, drugs, glue, pills • Poverty • Abandoned elderly • Children at risk

  12. COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT & CRISIS RELIEF PROGRAM Challenges Challenges Structures & Solutions Structures & Solutions

  13. Street children Outreach and Drug Prevention/Intervention Video

  14. So here we are… What are the issues we are facing here in Chicago? Are they human rights issues?

  15. Questions to Consider What do human rights mean to me? Is it something I need to be concerned about here in Chicago? What can I do?

  16. Additional Resources Organizations: • www.amnesty.org • www.hrw.org International Bodies: • www.ohchr.org • www.un.org Volunteering: • www.volunteermatch.org • www.heartlandalliance.org Other: • www.humanrights.uchicago.edu

  17. Questions / Comments