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Oct. 5, 2006

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Takirambudde To Give ICFRC Talk On China's Role In Africa

Peter Takirambudde, the executive director of Human Rights Watch (HRW), Africa Division, will give a talk on "Chinese Commercial Operations in Africa: The Human Rights Toll" at the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council (ICFRC) luncheon at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 10. The talk will be held at the Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 30 N. Clinton St. in Iowa City.

Takirambudde received his bachelor's degree from Makerere University, Uganda, in 1972 and a master of laws degree and doctor of juridical science degree from Yale University in 1975 ad 1978, respectively. Since early 1996, he has been the Executive Director of the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch and is the Human Rights Watch's chief strategist and spokesperson on Africa, where he is responsible for overseeing the activities of the organization in the region. In his tenure as director, the Africa program has more than doubled in size and has added more economic rights, social rights and country coverage.

Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, he held the positions of professor of law at the University of Botswana and visiting professor of law at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and International Law at the University of Lund in Lund, Sweden. Takirambudde has also served as the Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Botswana. His visit is sponsored by the UI African Studies Program, UI Center for Human Rights and UI International Programs.

This program is presented in part with the support of Technigraphics, Inc. and West Bank. This event will be catered by The Cottage. For those unable to attend, WSUI-AM will carry this program on Wednesday, Oct. 11 following the noon news.

Please send reservation forms with a check to: ICFRC, 1111 University Capitol Centre, Iowa City, IA, 52242-5500. Reservations are $7 for members and $8.50 for non-members and must be received by noon on Friday, Oct. 6.

For more information on this program, the ICFRC or special accommodations to attend this lecture, contact Thomas Baldridge at 319-384-2260 or Marianne Weiss at 319-335-0351.

ICFRC is a non-profit association of community and university people interested in learning more about U.S. foreign policy, world affairs and current global issues impacting world societies. The group provides members with the opportunity to hear more than 35 experts per year who visit the UI campus and the Iowa City/Cedar Rapids area.

ICFRC is a part of International Programs, which enables University of Iowa students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity, and give all University constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the Office of the Provost.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026,; Program: Marianne Weiss, 319-335-0351,; Writer: Erin Vaughn