udof delivers keynote speech for human rights

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For The Daily[fm]

Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights is the largest nongovernmental organization in the Midwestengaged in human-rights work.[fm]

Offering a reminder that not every country has a first amendment, University President Mark Yudof delivered the keynote address at a human-rights awards dinner earlier this week at the Gateway alumni center.
The theme of the 16th Annual Human Rights Awards Dinner, sponsored by Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, was Fulfilling the Promise of Human Rights in Minnesota.
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights is the largest Midwest-based nongovernmental organization engaged in human-rights work. More than 4,000 volunteers work on community, national and international levels to provide investigative fact-finding, direct legal representation, education, training and distribution of publications regarding human-rights issues.
The dinner is the largest international human-rights event in the Midwest. This year, more than 425 people attended.
Guests included board members, pro bono lawyers, elementary school students and former refugees who gained asylum with the help of the organization.
Yudofs speech praised the organization for its activism and community spirit in a world that is growing increasingly fragmented and disconnected. We need more people like you, he told the audience. And thats where the University of Minnesota comes in.
Yudof told the audience that one of the primary missions of the University is to encourage the critical thinking, love of learning and awareness of human rights and responsibilities he sees demonstrated by the group being honored.
Yudof also praised the values of tolerance and free speech.
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights presented awards to the Intercultural Mutual Assistance Association, a Rochester-based refugee and immigrant service organization, and to U.S. Congressman Bruce Vento for a career of dedicated human-rights service.
Vento was also singled out for drafting the Hmong Veterans Act, which was signed into law by President Clinton on May 25, 2000.
The dinner raised an estimated $90,000 for the organization.