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Heroes of our time events

In conjunction with the Heroes of Our Time: Rwandan Courage & Survival exhibition, these events organised by LSE Arts in collaboration with the Centre for the Study of Human Rights intend to expand the debate on this disturbing chapter in recent history. 

The Heroes of Our Time exhibition and series of events have been supported by SURF, Charities Advisory Trust, LSE Centre for the Study of Human Rights, LSE Arts, LSE Annual Fund, POLIS and Harvard International PLC.

Field notes: human rights defenders speak

Hosted by the centre for the study of human rights in partnership with human rights watch

Date: Thursday, 12 November 2009
Time: 12:30-1:30pm
Venue: Room D302, Clement House

In this ninth 'Field notes' event, human rights defenders from Burma and the Democratic Republic of Congo discuss their experiences, accompanied by experts from Human Rights Watch.

Bo Kyi

As a former political prisoner and co-founder of the Assistance Association of Political Prisoners, Bo Kyi (pictured, left) works tirelessly to secure the release of Burmese people who have been jailed for their political independence and activism.  Bo Kyi shares his story to expose the brutal military junta's abuses, which have been on full display in recent months following the devastating cyclone in Burma.

 

 

Mathilde Muhindo

As director of a woman's rights NGO, Mathilde Muhindo (pictured, left) empowers women to fight against pervasive discrimination and sexual violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo's recent bloody conflicts.  To address the crisis of tens of thousands of rapes in eastern Congo she founded a parliamentary committee to investigate rape as a weapon of war.

 



This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email arts@lse.ac.uk| or phone 020 7955 6043.

The polis media dialogues

Media and identity: reporting the Rwandan genocide

Rwandan genocide memorial

Date: Tuesday, 1 December 2009
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Venue: New Theatre, East Building

Two survivors of the Rwandan genocide, Patrick Iregura and Serge Rwigamba, join Channel 4 News' World Editor Lindsey Hilsum to reflect on how the story was told before, during and after the brutal events. 

 It will examine the gaps between reality on the ground during times of mass atrocity and humanitarian crisis, and the public's perception of it, as gleaned from the media in the West.

Further details available from: www.polismedia.org|

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email arts@lse.ac.uk| or phone 020 7955 6043.

Broke: voices from the edge

Hosted by the centre for the study of human rights in partnership with ice and fire UN international human rights day event

Human rights logo ice and fire

Date: Thursday, 10 December 2009
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
Venue: Old Theatre, Old Building

Using dialogue from real-life interviews with people living in poverty in the UK, the actors explore the dismal side-effects of such gross disadvantage - the homelessness, the lack of affordable housing, the unemployment, the debt, and much else besides.  The plight of the poor on its own doorstep mocks Britain's aspiration to be an ethical force in the world and a beacon of human rights standards at home. 

Human rights centre for study

Throughout his long life Professor Peter Townsend - a great friend of the Centre, advocate of human rights, and emeritus professor at LSE - worked hard first to prove the existence of poverty in Britain and then to persuade our society not to take such deprivation for granted. Peter Townsend died in June this year and this performance of 'Broke' by Actors for Human Rights, is dedicated to his memory.

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, email arts@lse.ac.uk|  or phone 020 7955 6043. 

 

 

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