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Iowa Sen. Harkin speaks at UI April 24 on child labor and human rights

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin, a sponsor of several legislative bills to restrict abusive child labor practices, will discuss child labor and human rights at 1:45 p.m. Friday, April 24 at the University of Iowa College of Law as part of the UI's ongoing commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Harkin, a Democrat who has represented Iowa in Congress since 1975, will speak in the Levitt Auditorium of the Boyd Law Building. The hour-long talk is free and open to the public.

The lecture is presented in cooperation with "Global Focus: Human Rights '98," a year-long UI and community initiative to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights.

Burns H. Weston, professor of law and chair of the Global Focus steering committee, says efforts to alleviate the plight of children working under abusive conditions around the world are an often overlooked, but important aspect of human rights work.

"We're delighted that Sen. Harkin is joining us to talk about his efforts to protect children around the world," Weston says.

A measure co-sponsored by Harkin that requires the U.S. Customs Service to ban goods from entering the United States if the goods were made through the forced labor of children was passed by Congress last fall.

Harkin also has co-sponsored a bill to encourage apparel makers and sporting goods manufacturers to voluntarily adopt labels indicating that their goods were made without child labor.

For more information about Global Focus '98, visit the website at: