The following Minnesotans with a history of working for peace and justice were interviewed in May and June 2014. 

The project was conceived and interviews were conducted by Ehtasham Anwar (Pakistan), Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School, Human Rights Center.  

Videos were recorded by Suhail Ahmed (Pakistan), Humphrey Fellow, University of Minnesota Law School, Human Rights Center.

The project was supervised by Dick Bernard, president (2005-07) of the Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers
( and then-vice-president of Citizens for Global Solutions, Minnesota (




Thursday, October 19, 6:45 8:45 pm

Plymouth Congregational Church
(Jackman room, lower level)
1900 Nicollet Ave S, Minneapolis 55403

*Abundant free parking in lot on Franklin Ave. adjacent to Church; enter building from lot on LaSalle Ave side.

Please note that the Franklin Avenue bridge over 35W is closed until mid-2018. Details available here: 

"human rights advocacy at the united nations"

Jennifer Prestholdt, Deputy Director, & Mark Petty, The Advocates for Human Rights

In March 2017, The Advocates for Human Rights led a delegation to conduct human rights advocacy before the United Nations. The speakers will discuss their experiences traveling to Geneva to advocate before the Human Rights Council, and will describe how they used UN human rights mechanisms to enforce international legal standards related to women’s rights, the death penalty, torture, racial discrimination, and the rights of persons with disabilities, as well as the impact of their work on domestic foreign laws and practices.

This program is sponsored by CGS-MN, and co-sponsored by Minnesota Alliance of Peacemakers, United Nations Association, MN, and The Advocates for Human Rights.

Additional reading:

Human Rights Tools for a Changing World, chapter 9: "Advocacy at the UN"



SEPT 2017


Transforming the United Nations System: Designs for a Workable World
by Dr. Joseph E. Schwartzberg

Distinguished International Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota and long-time CGS-MN Board Member

Order your copy HERE