It is with great sadness that we note the passing of Audre Rapoport on April 4th, 2016, at the age of 92. Audre has been and will continue to be an inspiration for much of our work. It is hard for us to imagine a world without Audre and B, whose passionate commitment to justice have had a profound impact on so many people in this world.
A few years ago we put together a small online exhibition on B and Audre, which includes a page dedicated to Audre. We also continue to award the annual Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights, which honors Audre's dedication to the advancement of women in the US and internationally, particularly on issues of reproductive health.
We extend our sympathy to Audre’s family during this time. We will always remember her, and will do our utmost to do justice to her memory.
The Rapoport Center's 12th annual conference brought together an international group of scholars, advocates, and policymakers to assess the contemporary human rights movement’s engagement with the effects and drivers of economic inequality. Participants addressed questions such as: To what extent have international human rights law, movements, and discourses engaged with economic inequality within and between countries? Are human rights frameworks adequately equipped to address economic inequality? Might their promotion foreclose other, more effective, vocabularies and strategies aimed at the achievement of economic justice? How might human rights frameworks need to change to contribute to a more egalitarian world?
Please visit the conference website for a full program and list of participants.
Photos and video coming soon!
It is with great sadness and outrage that we share news of the assassination on March 2nd of Berta Cáceres, a Honduran indigenous and environmental rights activist. She was shot by gunmen in her hometown roughly a week after she was threatened for opposing a hydroelectric project on indigenous lands.
We were fortunate to have spent time with and learned from Berta when she visited the Rapoport Center last November. She spoke powerfully of the struggles of the Lenca people for autonomy, land rights, and environmental justice. We were all moved by her passion and commitment to continue working in her community despite the constant threats and risks involved.
A member of the Lenca, Berta co-founded COPINH (The Council of Indigenous and Popular Organizations of Honduras), a social and political movement that represents the interests and needs of indigenous populations in Honduras. In 2015, she was awarded the Rothko Chapel's Óscar Romero Award, which honors those working under extraordinary circumstances to advance human rights, and the Goldman Environmental Prize, which recognizes and supports the work of grassroots environmental activists.
We have written a letter to the government of Honduras, calling upon it to investigate her murder promptly and to provide additional support and protection for human rights activists in the region. To honor Berta’s struggle and to help support future generations of human rights activists, we will award the Berta Cáceres Human Rights Fellowship to a University of Texas law student working in human rights.
Karen Engle, Dan Brinks, Ariel Dulitzky, Julia Dehm, William Chandler, Sarah Cline