David Hawk Kicks Off UNA-Tampa Bay Monthly Human Rights Lecture Series

September 15, 2016 | Tampa, FL

UNA-Tampa Bay launched its signature human rights lecture series with a talk by Mr. David Hawk, former executive director of Amnesty International USA. Mr. Hawk previously directed the Cambodia Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, where he pioneered human rights education and training for Cambodians and inserted human rights provisions into the 1991 comprehensive peace agreements and the UN peace-keeping mission to Cambodia.

Mr. Hawk’s lecture, entitled “At Risk: Vulnerabilities and Protections” at the University of South Florida framed how the United Nations and its member states laid institutional foundations for human rights during its first 30 years. With the United Nations pivoting in the mid 1970’s to human rights as expressed through groups (racial and ethnic minorities, women, children, refugees, etc.), Mr. Hawk’s lecture served as an appropriate launch for this year’s lecture series. As part of UNA-Tampa Bay’s signature human rights lecture series, each month a lecture or panel discussion will focus on a human rights topic on the theme of group rights.

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