Principle 02 : A commitment to human rights, among them freedom of inquiry, opinion, and speech
- Human Rights Advocacy Week Raises Awareness of Issues Local and Global:
- Ndulo, Muna, "African Customary Law, C ustoms, and Women's Rights" (2011). Cornell Law Faculty Publications. Paper 187.
- Through funding from the European Union, the CIES outreach program has been involved in an on-going project with middle school students in the Distance Learning program at S. Seneca Middle School, Ovid NY, which explores the human rights issues facing the Romani people, who are the largest minority in Europe. The students already took part in many UN video conferencing sessions, and spend time studying the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights, and so incorporating a unit on the Roma seemed to be an ideal fit. On March 21, 2011 nine 8th grade students participated in an international video conference organized by the United Nations. The conference was in recognition of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and was attended by over 200 delegates from 13 school districts as well as schools from NJ, NY, PA, Canada and Trinidad via webcam. The students prepared statements of opinion relating to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on the Roma issue, which they read to the conference delegates. The statements were in response to what they had learned about how the Roma have been treated in some parts of Slovakia. As a result of the statements they had prepared and read out to the delegates, the conversation turned to discuss the issue of Roma human rights.