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Release: Oct. 26, 2000

Ravi Nair to give Nov. 2 Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Lecture

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Ravi Nair, executive director of the South Asia Human Rights Documentation Center (SAHRDC), will visit the University of Iowa Thursday, Nov. 2 when he will give the Ida Cordelia Beam Distinguished Lecture at 8 p.m. in the Tippie Auditorium (Room W151) at the John Pappajohn Business Building. The lecture, "The Human Rights Movement: In Danger of Losing Creativity," is free and open to the public.

Nair's visit is sponsored by the UI Center for Human Rights, and co-sponsored by the College of Law, the School of Religion, and the global studies and South Asian studies programs.

Nair's activism in human rights has several times led to his arrest by Indian police. In 1975 he was held in detention for one year for protesting in India, and in December 1993 he was arrested for breaking the Indian government's ban against the celebration of United Nations Human Rights Day.

The New Delhi-based SAHRDC has published several investigative reports about human rights treaties and conventions and related issues, including the 1992 report, "Bhutan: The Human Rights Situation on the Ethnic Conflict in Southern Bhutan." In 1995 SAHRDC published "Status of the Child in India," and in 1999, "Betrayed and Abandoned: Afghan Refugees under U.N. Human Rights Committee Commission Protection in New Delhi."

Nair also serves on the executive committee of the Geneva-based International Service for Human Rights, and is a member of the International Editorial Board of Human Rights Tribune in Ottawa, Canada, among having served in various numerous other human rights bodies.