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April 3, 2006

War Crimes Prosecutor Stephen Rapp To Speak At Careers For Change

Criminal prosecution of human rights violations is still a largely uncharted area of international law, and few people would know that better than Stephen Rapp, chief of prosecutions for the United Nations' International War Crimes Tribunal of Rwanda. Rapp will discuss his work at the next "Careers for Change," a speaker series sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights (UICHR), Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Room S401 of the Pappajohn Business Building on the UI campus.

Although the program is designed for undergraduates to learn more about careers in social justice and human rights, the series is free and open to UI faculty, staff and the public.

Rapp, a former U.S. Attorney in Iowa, has spent the last four years prosecuting suspects in the 1994 genocide that left 800,000 Rwandans dead. He is coordinating at least 40 more trials, assisting in international efforts to find suspects hiding abroad and teaching what he has learned in the process. Rapp's visit to Iowa City is part of the World Affairs series on Global Justice and Human Rights.

The final "Careers for Change" event will be April 24, 7 p.m. in Room S401 Pappajohn Building. Linda Keith, a visiting professor in the UI Political Science department, where she teaches Civil Rights and Race Relations in American Politics, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, and the Judicial Process, will speak on "Is the Law a Mere Parchment Barrier to Human Rights Abuse?"

For more information or special accommodations to attend any of these events, contact the UICHR at 319-335-3900 or

Founded in 1999, the UICHR is a direct outgrowth of Global Focus: Human Rights '98, the yearlong UI commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of Dec. 10, 1948. Initiated by a multidisciplinary group of faculty, the center's mission is to support the promotion and protection of human rights at home and abroad by providing leadership in human rights research, education, and public service to the UI, its surrounding community, the state of Iowa, and beyond.

The UICHR is affiliated with UI International Programs, which consists of a number of offices, centers, academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost and dean for international programs, these units serve to further internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and teaching.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Amy L. Weismann, UICHR deputy director, 319-335-0483, Writer: Julia LaBua.