Friday, December 26, 2014
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Human rights advocate speaks Sunday in Davis

By
From page A1 | October 26, 2012 |

The United Nations charter outlines a faith in fundamental human rights, and protecting each person in this regard is a constant struggle worldwide.

Ryan Kaminski, a 27-year-old Leo Nevas Human Rights Fellow for the United Nations Association of the United States, is traveling to Davis on Sunday to remind people of that. His appearance this weekend coincides with Wednesday’s 67th celebration of United Nations Day.

The discussion will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. at International House, Davis, 10 College Park. This event is free to the public, but donations will be accepted.

Besides the national and local chapters of the United Nations Association, Kaminski’s visit is sponsored by the Davis League of Women Voters and the American Association of University Women.

Kaminski outlined an agenda of topics that will span several diverse international human rights issues:

“There are three areas I really want to cover during the talk: what’s happening in Syria right now, the issue of LGBT rights and LGBT people taking asylum, as well as the issue of refugees in Burma and Thailand,” he said.

Kaminski’s passion for human rights has a long history. He was at one time a Fulbright English teaching fellow at the Hong Kong Institute of Education, and was involved in Papua New Guinea’s mission to the United Nations.

He mentioned one experience in particular that awakened his interest — something that he is hoping to convey to Davis residents.

“It was a trip to Burma I took in the summer of 2006,” Kaminski said. “I got to visit refugees and see human rights on the ground level. I was able to interact with them. It was a life-changing experience.”

The local presentation, titled “Solutions For A More Welcoming World: Defending the Rights of Refugees Through the United Nations,” may not have the same transformative impact, but the human rights fellow is at least expecting attendees to come away more informed.

“I’m hoping to give people a better understanding of the role of the United Nations, and the multifaceted things it does for human rights,” Kaminski said. “Also, I want to highlight challenges that remain and things that we have to do to work together and ensure the rights of refugees.”

The recent events in Syria are especially important to the United Nations’ human rights mission at the moment, he added, as are the other relevant items that he plans to cover.

“These are issues that are very timely,” Kaminski said. “It’s in the news, and we’ve heard about these issues in the presidential debates. … This is happening now, and it’s important that people be aware of these critical issues as well as potential solutions to the problems.”

— Reach Brett Johnson at bjohnson@davisenterprise.net or 530-747-8052. Follow him on Twitter at @reporterbrett

Comments

comments

  • Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this newspaper and receive notifications of new articles by email.

  • .

    News

    Transit survey: 47 percent ride bikes to UCD campus

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Exchange students bring the world to Davis

    By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

     
    Pastor has many plans for CA House

    By Jeff Hudson | From Page: A1 | Gallery

    Playing Santa

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Goats help recycle Christmas trees

    By The Associated Press | From Page: A2 | Gallery

     
    Special holiday gifts

    By Sue Cockrell | From Page: A3

    Woodland-Davis commute bus service expands

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Learn fruit tree tips at free class

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Davis Bike Club hears about British cycling tour

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Pick up a Davis map at Chamber office

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

    Sierra Club calendars on sale Saturday

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

     
    Explorit: Get a rise out of science

    By Lisa Justice | From Page: A4

    NAMI meeting offers family support

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A6

     
    Yoga, chanting intro offered

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A8

    .

    Forum

    Blamed for her sister’s rage

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

     
    How much for the calling birds?

    By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

    Steve Sack cartoon

    By Debbie Davis | From Page: A10

     
    Many ensured a successful parade

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    Thanks for putting food on the table

    By Letters to the Editor | From Page: A10

     
    .

    Sports

     
    Two more for the road for 9-1 Aggie men

    By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    Patterson is college football’s top coach

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

     
    Clippers get a win over Golden State

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

    NBA roundup: Heat beat Cavs in LeBron’s return to Miami

    By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

     
    .

    Features

    .

    Arts

    ‘Unbroken': A bit underwhelming

    By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

     
    Folk musicians will jam on Jan. 2

    By Enterprise staff | From Page: A11

    .

    Business

    Passat: Roomy, affordable sedan with German engineering

    By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3 | Gallery

     
    .

    Obituaries

    James J. Dunning Jr.

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

     
    Floyd W. Fenocchio

    By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

    .

    Comics

    Comics: Friday, December 26, 2014 (set 2)

    By Creator | From Page: B7

     
    Comics: Thursday, December 26, 2014 (set 1)

    By Creator | From Page: A9