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Global Focus: Human Rights '98 program wins award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the University of Iowa yearlong program commemorating the 1948 signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, is one of four winners of a "Human Rights Hero" award to be presented Dec. 5 in Chicago.

The award, given by the Chicago-based Midwest Coalition for Human Rights (MCHR), is presented to organizations in the Midwest that make an outstanding contribution to the promotion and protection of human rights and demonstrate commitment to the principles outlined in the Declaration. Burns Weston, UI professor of law, and chair of the HR '98 committee, will travel to Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. to accept the award.

"It is very gratifying to receive this award," Weston says.

"It demonstrates well that the University of Iowa is receiving from around the country and world the recognition it deserves for its bold vision and commitment to human rights. It befits a world-class university such as ours!"

Other winners are: the Children's Law Center of Minnesota, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and the Northwest Indiana Coalition to Abolish Control Unit Prisons.