Human Rights Conference
Friday, March 21, 2014


Long after nations declare an end to warfare, the devastating effects of war continue –– soldiers and innocent civilians struggle to cope with the experiences of war and the challenges of resuming their lives. We, as civilians, must work to ensure the ongoing safety and security of our fellow humans and to support our troops as they begin to heal from the traumas of war. Together, we have the power to rebuild lives and rehabilitate communities.

Join the efforts at the 7th Annual Conference on Human Rights, Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding Lives and Communities Postwar, on Friday, March 21, 2014, beginning at 8 a.m. at Kean's Wilkins Theatre.

The conference will feature a keynote address by Dr. Kenneth Rutherford, co-founder of the Landmine Survivors Network who is renowned for his work with the Nobel Peace Prize-winning International Campaign to Ban Landmines that led to the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty as well as for his participation in the global movement that led to the 2008 Cluster Munitions Ban Treaty. Other speakers include Melissa Stockwell, Iraq War veteran, and Jacqueline Murekatete, survivor of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. 

Kean President Dr. Dawood Farahi created the conference to serve as a major component of the university’s Human Rights Institute, a facility dedicated to bringing awareness to human rights issues across the globe. “The annual International Conference on Human Rights not only brings human rights issues to people’s attention, it issues a call to action to the participants and educates them in ways that they can change the very world in which we live,” said Farahi.

This conference is free and open to the public. Educators are especially encouraged to attend and bring their students.