Tuesday, April 6, 2010

International Expert to Discuss LGBT Refugee Protection April 13

Neil Grungras, founder and executive 
director of the Organization for Refuge, 
Asylum & Migration (ORAM), will give 
a talk on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and 
Transgender (LGBT) refugees from  
12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 
in Room 1117 of the University Capitol 
Centre (International Commons). Light 
refreshments will be served. The event 
is free and open to the public.
Grungras' talk is titled "Is the 
International Protection Regime Failing the World's Most Vulnerable 
Individuals?" Grungras is an internationally known expert in matters 
of LGBT refugee law and procedure, and ORAM is the first NGO 
devoted to protecting LGBT refugees worldwide.

The lecture will present international law and procedure against an 
analysis of ethno-cultural realities in the Global South. Grungras will 
discuss the unprecedented violence against sexual minorities that 
has occurred over the last year in several locations worldwide. These 
acts, described by some as moral cleansing, drove thousands to escape 
their home countries in search of safety.

This event is co-hosted by the University of Iowa Center for Human 
Rights, a part of International Programs, the UI LGBT Resource 
Center, the UI Department of Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies, 
and the Iowa City Human Rights Campaign.

(Above: Gay Iranian Teenagers who were executed for being gay in 2005)

1 comment:

Tom Marsh said...

Wish I lived closer to hear this discussion. Thanks for highlighting international efforts like these... I've been starting to expand my research in hope to support the right organizations.