The crisis in Darfur is ongoing, despite relief efforts and media attention. John Prendergast, International Crisis Group, and Peter Takirambudde, Human Rights Watch, will discuss the situation and talk about why conditions are still so dire for the people of Darfur. They will also address the situation in northern Uganda and the human rights issues there and connections between atrocities.
John Prendergast is Special Adviser to the President of the International Crisis Group. Mr. Prendergast has focused most of his twenty-year career on conflict resolution in Africa and shaping U.S. foreign policy toward the region. He worked for the Clinton administration from 1996-2001, serving as Special Advisor, Department of State, from 1999-2001 and as Director, African Affairs, National Security Council, from 1996-1999. He has also worked for a variety of NGOs and think tanks in Africa and the U.S. In addition to peace-making, John has also focused on human rights promotion and humanitarian action. His areas of expertise include African affairs, conflict resolution, human rights promotion, humanitarian assistance, and counter-terrorism.
Additionally, Mr. Prendergast has authored or co-authored seven books on Africa, as well as numerous op-eds and commentary pieces for major newspapers, including The Washington Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Boston Globe. He is frequently interviewed by local and international media outlets, including CBS, ABC, PBS, Fox, CNN, BBC, al-Jazeera, Washington Post, Financial Times, Guardian, Le Monde, Business Day (South Africa), The Nation (Kenya), and This Day (Nigeria). Most recently he was featured in two ABC Nightline specials focusing on Darfur.
Peter Takirambudde, a national of Uganda, is the Executive Director of the Africa Division of Human Rights Watch, a post to which he was appointed in 1995. In that position, he is the organization's chief strategist and coordinator for its work in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to joining Human Rights Watch, Mr. Takirambudde held the positions of Professor of Law at the University of Botswana and Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Lund, Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and International Law.
Mr. Takirambudde played a crucial role in establishing, leading and sponsoring numerous human rights projects and organizations in Africa. He was the Conference Leader of The First All Africa Law Conference (1981). In addition, he was the interim Secretary of the African Association for Human Rights and Development (1985-1987) and held the Treasurer position for the African Association for Human and Peoples' Rights in Development (1987). He was also responsible for launching several project proposals for the institutionalization of human rights in Southern Africa
Date: Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
De Neve Auditorium
351 Charles E. Young West
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Cost: Free and open to the public; parking is available for $7.
For campus map, directions to UCLA, location of DeNeve Auditorium, please visit www.ucla.edu/map
UCLA Darfur Action Committee (DAC) Tel: 310-780-0736
Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, Burkle Center for International Relations, Undergraduate International Relations Society, Darfur Action Committee, Armenian Student Association, Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Jewish Student Union, Progressive Jewish Students' Association, Social Justice Alliance, UNICEF