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Conference: The New Colonialism: The American Model of Human Rights

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Saturday, 10 February from 9.30am


Saeid Reza Ameli
Tasneem Chopra
Sohail Daulatzai
Ramon Grosfoguel
Sandew Hira
Saeed A Khan
Rajeesh Kumar
Laurens De Rooij
Mary Ryan
Mushtaq ul Haq
Ahmad Sikandar

WHEN: Saturday, 10 February from 9.30am - 4.30pm
WHERE: Sarah Fell Room, Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ (nearest stations: Euston / Euston Square / King's Cross / Warren Street)

About the event:

In a heightened era of American Exceptionalism under an overtly chauvinistic President and administration, IHRC is convening a conference to unmask the more systemic problems that undergird US Exceptionalism. In particular this conference will focus on the Americanisation of Human Rights, and the praxis of human rights, arguing that they have become a tool of US led foreign policy rather than a transformative discourse that seeks to liberate individuals, groups and indeed large sections of society who are oppressed by unjust systems.

The conference will be convened in two parts:

(i) The US Model and Praxis of Human Rights
How has advocacy and narrative changed over the last fifty years?
How does it need to change to tackle manifest injustice in the contemporary era?
Issues for possible discussion:
Institutionalisation of American Exceptionalism in International Organisations e.g UN, Security Council, World Bank, IMF, WTO
The War on Terror
The War(s) on Drugs
The roll out of COINTELPRO type measures and its impact on global human rights advocacy
The Double Standards of American Exceptionalism and the American Discourse of Human Rights
American Exceptionalism as a Domination Policy of Human Rights
American Globalisation of Human Rights
Americanisation of Human Rights
Americanisation, Power, Hate Policy and Human Rights

(ii) The US as a failed state
How and what do current modes of human rights narrative and praxis mask internal injustices, indeed the contradiction at the heart of the US State?
Issues for possible discussion:
The Prison Industrial Complex
Guantanamo and the Guantanamisation of the US
Black, Latina, Indigenous and other Narratives of Oppression and Liberation

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