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Escalating human rights violations in Bangladesh
focus of panel discussion at SMU on Nov. 23

November 20, 2013

DALLAS (SMU) — An alarming increase in human rights violations by law enforcement agencies in Bangladesh will be the focus of a presentation and panel discussion Saturday, Nov. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. in SMU’s McCord Auditorium, 301 Dallas Hall.

“People in Bangladesh have a right to live with dignity, which is not happening,” says keynote speaker Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, one of the free public event's sponsoring organizations. “This event is meant to educate and encourage people to take action.”


“Human Rights Issues in Bangladesh” will address suchhuman rights abuses as the illegal detainment, torture and murder of Bangladeshis by law enforcement officials.


Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, noon to 2 p.m.


McCord Auditorium, Room 306 of Dallas Hall, on the SMU campus


  • Rais Bhuiyan, a Dallas-based Bangladeshi who founded World Without Hate after surviving a 2001 hate crime fueled by the events of 9/11
  • Rick Halperin, director of SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program and three-time board chair of Amnesty International USA (keynote speaker)
  • Muhammad A. Kalam, a Bangladeshi who has taught science at the University of Texas-Dallas and led the Bangladesh American Association of North Texas
  • Munshi Shamsuzzaman, a Bangladeshi American entrepreneur and peace activist based in the DFW area


SMU’s Embrey Human Rights Program, World Without Hate, and Dallas Peace Center


Contact Sherry Aikman at saikman@smu.edu or 214-768-8347




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