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Contact Information: Tanya Klein Public Relations 973-596-3433

NJIT Student Chapter of Amnesty International To Host Human Rights Discussion on Oct. 5

WHAT: New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) student chapter of Amnesty International is hosting a panel discussion about human rights. Two Amnesty International members will explain how the group works to foster and protect human rights. The two members will discuss Amnesty’s campaign to halt violence against women across the world. They will also detail how the group develops policies on torture and human rights violations that occur during armed conflict. The discussion will be followed by a question and answer session.

 WHO: The two speakers are Anie Kalayjian, a psychotherapist and expert in traumatic stress, and Karima Bennoune, an associate professor at Rutgers University School of Law. Kalayjian, an executive board member for a United Nations committee on human rights, will speak about her work as a human rights activist. Bennoune, who teaches international law and human rights, recently served as a consultant to Amnesty’s campaign to prevent violence against women; she also helped develop Amnesty’ policy on human rights and terrorism – all of which she will discuss during her talk.   

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2005, from 2:45-4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Room 118 in Kupfrian Hall on the NJIT campus, just south of the intersection of Warren and Summit Streets.

BACKGROUND: The NJIT Chapter of Amnesty International was recently founded by NJIT seniors Jabeen Reza and Nabil Adawi. “Nabil and I formed the chapter earlier this year because of our personal interest in human rights,” said Reza. “Amnesty is the foremost human rights advocate in the world, and by starting this chapter on campus we hope to spread human rights awareness to our campus and to help fight human rights violations around the world.”

NJIT, New Jersey's science and technology university, enrolls approximately 10,000 students pursuing bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in 120 programs. The university consists of six colleges: Newark College of Engineering, College of Architecture and Design, College of Science and Liberal Arts, School of Management, College of Computing Sciences and Albert Dorman Honors College. U.S. News & World Report's 2012 Annual Guide to America's Best Colleges ranked NJIT in the top tier of national research universities. NJIT is internationally recognized for being at the edge in knowledge in architecture, applied mathematics, wireless communications and networking, solar physics, advanced engineered particulate materials, nanotechnology, neural engineering and e-learning. Many courses and certificate programs, as well as graduate degrees, are available online through the Division of Continuing Professional Education.