Fourteen SMU undergraduate and M.L.S. students, as well as professors and staffers, will be in Perth, Australia, August 1-14 for an Embrey Human Rights Program-sponsored study trip. The group will “connect with individuals and communities working for better human rights records pertaining to indigenous populations, treatment of refugees, violence against women, LGBT issues and survivors of torture,” says EHRP Director Rick Halperin, who is leading the trip.
An update from Aymen, a biology and Spanish major, and human rights minor: A month ago, all I knew about Australia was from what I had seen in movies and read on the Outback Steakhouse menu. After spending 10 days in Perth, I came back with unforgettable memories of exploring the city, taking selfies with kangaroos, being covered head to toe in dirt from crawling through a cave, (struggling) to canoe up a river, and most of all hearing firsthand accounts of Australia’s human rights issues. Upon arriving at Curtin University, we dove headfirst into a hefty list of human rights violations, the first being the issue of refugee/asylum seekers. I wish the previous research I had done on the [...]