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UI committee launches website for 50th anniversary of UN declaration
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Students, educators, activists, and people all over
the world interested in human rights have access to the latest information
on local programming and events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of
the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights, thanks to a
new site on the World Wide Web sponsored by a University of Iowa committee
planning the year-long celebration.
The committee for "Global Focus: Human Rights '98" has launched
a site on the World Wide Web to keep the UI, Iowa City and statewide communities
up-to-date on planning for the commemoration. The site includes several
scholarly and educational resources as well as links to other sites on
issues in human rights.
The Global Focus site is accessible at http://www.uiowa.edu/~hr98/
Burns H. Weston, professor of international law and chair of the Global
Focus committee, says the site is designed to provide information on plans
for activities on campus and in Iowa City and to educate visitors about
The site also is intended to invite participation by people at the UI,
in the community, the state, and nationally, Weston says, and to serve
as a resource and database for students and faculty who are researching
"In an age when communication takes place on a global scale through
the Internet, we hope that our new website will be spot where discussion
and education on issues in human rights will take place," Weston says.
"We are excited to be able to keep the community informed and up-to-date
on plans for this historic milestone."
The committee currently is planning activities and events leading up
to and going beyond Dec. 10, 1998, the 50th anniversary of the declaration.
Nobel Peace Prize winners Elie Wiesel and Rigoberta Menchu Tum and Chinese
human rights activist Harry Wu are among the people scheduled to speak
at the UI during 1998 as a part of the celebration.
The Global Focus website, designed by Brett Lorenzen of Digital Academy,
includes information about the committee and its work; the latest schedule
for lectures, panel discussions, classroom activities and other events.
Also included are links to resources, including the entire text of the
declaration and other UN documents and treaties; curricular information
on human rights; and an entry on human rights to be published in the new
Encyclopedia Britannica and written by Weston.
Editors note: The address for the Global Focus site on the World Wide
Web -- http://www.uiowa.edu/~hr98/ -- requires a ~ (tilde sign) before the