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Academics, activists and diplomats wil lead a public exploration of what we have learned from the genocide in Rwanda and how we have been affected by, and should use, that knowledge to prevent and respond to current atrocities.
The Advocates for Human Rights will release its new report on the human rights of immigrants and refugees in Minnesota at a press conference in room 125 of the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, at 11am.
The new report draws on nearly 200 individual interviews and more than 25 community conversations involving hundreds of people throughout the state. It places the findings within the context of state, federal, and international human rights law to identify what is working to promote integration and success, what is failing, and what gaps exist in public policy.
Rup Rizal was born and raised in Bhutan, but when his father resisted the govenment's policiy of "Bhutanization," his family was forced to leave the country. Fleeing to Nepal, they were not welcomed, and the Rizals lived in a refugee camp for years without official legal status. Rizal eventually obtained a Nepalese passport and moved to the U.S. to study, where he got a job, married, and had a son. When Rizal's employer sought to terminate his work visa, he applied for asylum, fearing a return to Bhutan because of the persecution of ethnic Nepalis and because he had no legal status there, and fearing persecution by refugees opposing ethnic Napalis.
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