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Human Rights Issues in Israel, Occupied Palestinian Territories Discussed

Release Date:
11/9/2012 9:00 PM
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Amnesty International, features

WEST HAVEN, CONN. -- Vincent Woods of Amnesty International will speak about the humanitarian organization’s ongoing efforts to promote human rights in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at the University of New Haven.

The talk will take place at 12:15 p.m. in Meeting Room A&B in Bartels Hall.

Woods has been a member of Amnesty International since 1980.  Troubled by the extensive killing of children in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories by both sides, he began working in 2002 as a volunteer leader of Amnesty's efforts in New England on this issue.  He has organized events at the Israeli Embassy and the Palestinian Consulate in New York to protest the targeting of children. 

He recently spent three weeks in the West Bank with a health and human rights delegation from American Jews for a Just Peace. 

He also has served as Amnesty's legislative coordinator in Connecticut. He has provided training on issues such as the closing of the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, establishing an independent commission of inquiry into the harsh interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration, the Torture Outsourcing Prevention Act, the Habeas Corpus Restoration Act, immigration detention in the U.S., the International Violence Against Women Act and sexual violence against native American and Alaskan native women.

The event is sponsored by UNH’s School of Public Service.The University of New Haven is a private, top-tier comprehensive institution recognized as a national leader in experiential education. Founded in 1920 on the campus of Yale University in cooperation with Northeastern University, UNH moved to its current West Haven campus in 1960. The University provides its students with a unique combination of a solid liberal arts education and real-world, hands-on career and research opportunities. UNH enrolls approximately 6,400 students, including nearly 1,800 graduate students and more than 4,600 undergraduates – the majority of whom reside in University housing. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, Tagliatela College of Engineering, and College of Lifelong & eLearning, UNH offers 75 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. UNH students have access to more than 50 study abroad programs worldwide and its student-athletes compete in 16 varsity sports in the NCAA Division II’s highly competitive Northeast-10 Conference.