The Albanian double-headed eagle in the evening sunlight. Source: Tina Kempin Reuter
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  On May 28-30 Kosovo held its 4th International interfaith Conference highlighting the role, experience and contribution of Kosovo and the Balkan region to the global debate on promoting interfaith dialogue and countering violent extremism. The conference is the flagship event of Interfaith Kosovo initiative, bringing together civil society activists, faith leaders, diplomats and academics…

Comments Off on A Day that Changed Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: Nelson Mandela Released from Prison 25 Years Ago

  Today marks the 25th anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. He went on to transform South Africa – ending apartheid and instituting democracy, a process of healing, and human rights. In the late 1980s, the South African government under F.W. de Klerk had made it clear that it was open to negotiations, and anticipation…

Comments Off on How Can People Be So Evil? The Brutality of ISIS

  The brutality of the most recent killing  of a Jordanian air force pilot  by the terrorist group ISIS has shocked the world, even after multiple beheadings and other news of barbaric and systematic human rights violations. This begs the question: why are human beings so ruthless, so cruel, so brutal; killing without empathy for the…

Comments Off on Extremists in Paris: The Terrorist Attack on Charlie Hebdo (Part II)

    With John D’Angelo. There is still a lot we don’t know about Wednesday’s attack on the satirical magazine at Charlie Hebdo, discussed in yesterday’s blog post. What we do know is this: besides killing twelve people, these terrorists have attacked fundamental human rights, specifically the right to freedom of speech, expression, and press. The…

Comments Off on Thinking about the genocide in Rwanda, 20 years later

Today marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda. Within 100 days, extremist Hutu killed 800,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu. The level of brutality still shocks today – on average 10,000 lives lost, day after day. Dignitaries from around the world commemorated the tragedy in this small African country earlier today. UN Secretary-General Ban…

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   By Ann Joyce. During my senior year at Christopher Newport University I helped found Students Moving America (SMA), a nonprofit organization focused on empowering students to take positive action in their communities. My co-founder Donald Hair was also a senior at the time and had worked with me on President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign….

Comments Off on From CNU to Uganda – Matt Killham is changing the world

By Matt Killham. As a freshman at Christopher Newport University, I was very engaged in the volunteer spirit that was prevalent throughout the student body.  The number of people willing to help out was only matched by the number of volunteering opportunities available.  While some people tackled environmental sustainability or cancer research and awareness, my passion…

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Today is the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. It is dedicated to honor the victims of the Nazi genocide and to develop educational programs to help prevent future genocides.   Never before have we remembered victims of mass atrocities as we have today, particularly…

Comments Off on Dr. Martin Luther King’s impact on international human rights

  We all know about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership of the civil rights and anti-discrimination movement in the United States and we admire him as a hero of Gandhian style non-violence and civil disobedience. But as we celebrate his memory and life today, we have to ask ourselves: What is Dr. King’s impact…

Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution
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  Why establish a Center that combines human rights and conflict resolution? Looking around, most academic centers focus on either one or the other. In fact, the two approaches often stand at odds with each other. Despite many similarities between conflict resolution and human rights – both aim to end human suffering and improve individual…