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A Human Rights Blog for the Northern Plains

The University of North Dakota Center for Human Rights and Genocide Studies (CHRGS) has started a new project on its website -- a blog by former CHRGS intern Clarinda Solberg devoted to local and international human rights issues. Ms. Solberg, who currently works as the Youth Programming Coordinator for La Cruz Community Center in St. Cloud Minnesota, will be writing about human rights-focused themes, especially with regional implications. "I really appreciated the opportunity to work on human rights as a CHRGS intern and I wanted to continue to do something with the Center," said Solberg, who graduated from UND last spring with a degree in African Studies. "At the same time, I was excited about covering local issues and personalities with a human rights theme."

Titled "A Human Rights Blog for the Northern Plains," it will also cover international issues that have local resonance. "We have people from all over the world living in this region," observed CHRGS Director and UND Law Professor Gregory Gordon. "What happens overseas often impacts them and we will now have a forum to discuss those issues."

The blog will also feature stories about local human rights organizations and activists, including UND student organizations, such as the local Amnesty International branch, regional non-profit groups, such as the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition and God's Children, and committed individuals, such as UND anthropology professor Marcia Mikulak, who works with victims of human rights violations in Brazil.

The mission of CHRGS is to increase understanding of the history and issues relating to genocide and other violations of human rights with the intent of preventing such atrocities in the future and advancing human rights on all levels. This blog will be an important new medium through which to achieve that goal.   It will also allow the Center to publicize its other activities, which include bringing visiting scholars to campus, organizing classes, discussion forums and cultural events on campus, collecting, preserving and making available important human rights-related historical documents, assisting other human rights organizations and projects and serving as a regional liaison and clearinghouse for human rights issues and information.