GCID/GHRN Lecture - "South Sudan: Creating a New Country Out of Conflict"
Tuesday 10 May 2011, 17.30, Seminar Room 3 (Gannochy), Wolfson Medical School Building
- Dr Kurt Mills, Senior Lecturer in International Human Rights & Convenor, Glasgow Human Rights Network, University of Glasgow
- Sara Cowan, Campaigns and Activist Coordinator, Oxfam Scotland
In January, residents of southern Sudan went to the polls to decide whether or not to secede from Sudan. This was the culmination of decades of violence and a few years of relative peace. The vote was overwhelmingly in favour of secession, and South Sudan will become the newest country in the world in July. This discussion will look at the prospects for the new state from regional and geopolitical perspectives as well as the perspectives of people on the ground.
Dr Kurt Mills will provide a brief overview of how we got to this point and comment on the geopolitical import of this development and Sara Cowan of Oxfam Scotland will report on her recent trip to South Sudan and reflect on how people on the ground feel about the tumultuous events currently taking place. The seminar will be followed by a reception in the Wolfson Atrium. This event is free and open to the public, but please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
GHRN Seminar - Big Fat Gypsy Discrimination: What Protection Has The Human Rights Legislation Provided To Scottish Gypsy Travellers?
Wednesday May 11, 2011, 5:30pm, Room 506, Boyd Orr Building, University of Glasgow
What protection has human rights legislation provided to Scottish Gypsy Travellers, Scotland's most marginalised and discriminated against community this past decade
This presentation will provide the audience with views of a member of the 'settled community' and a member of the Scottish Gypsy Traveller community, both who have experienced first hand what it is to be a Scottish Gypsy Traveller (or to be associated with this community) in the 21st century. It will draw on qualitative and quantitative research from the past decade as well as personal experiences.
Iain Shamus McPhee: Shamus is a Scottish Gypsy Traveller, and is a member of the Scottish Gypsy Traveller Law Reform Coalition (SGLRC). He is a former Secretary of Scottish Gypsy Traveller Law Reform Coalition (2006/2007) and a founder member, as well as a Community member of Scottish Gypsy Travellers and a Translator. Shamus has extensive knowledge of history, language and origins.
Ken MacLennan: Ken has had numerous posts in social work, housing, chief executive service and community development. He has been actively involved in equalities and human rights issues for ten years. Ken has been actively involved for many years with issues relating to Gypsies/Travellers.
This event is free and open to the public.