Friday, June 24, 2011
The United Nations has granted the International Human Rights Program at Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis "Special Consultative Status" at the UN in recognition of the valuable work of the students and faculty on behalf of human rights. George Edwards, the program's founding director had this to say:
"This is the equivalent of the U.N. telling the [program], 'We have vetted your organization extensively and have determined that you and your members possess special expertise. We trust you and your expertise. . The U.N. is telling us we can freely provide them with research, position papers, reports and briefs in written form. We can also participate by making speeches or interventions on the floor at UN proceedings."
Since its founding in 1997, the program has submitted numerous "shadow reports" to the United Nations, researching and detailing human rights violations in a number of countries. Faculty members and law students have traveled to New York and Geneva to present their findings before U.N. officials. The new status will give them greater access to the UN.
More information about the program can be found on Indiana's website.