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Annual Human Rights Conference 2019

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Global Migration

Around the world, people are on the move – in search of safety, protection, family reunification, education, jobs, and more. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced last year due to persecution, conflict, and violence. Fifty million irregular migrants, 25.4 million registered refugees, and 25 million victims of forced labor also highlight the vast numbers of people living outside their home communities and facing severe rights challenges.

Webster University’s 2019 Annual Human Rights Conference focuses on the theme of “Global Migration” on October 9-10. This two-day event will explore topics such as displacement, restrictions on freedom of movement, borderland communities, statelessness, and the impacts of technology on migration. Sponsored by the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, this on-campus event is free and open to the public.

The conference schedule will be posted in Late Summer 2019.


Webster University's Year of International Human Rights began in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 2008. Since then, the YIHR has expanded to include a wide range of programming that includes guest lectures, film series, art performances and exhibits, common reading programs, and more. The YIHR culminates with the Annual Human Rights Conference, hosted at Webster's St. Louis, Missouri campus.

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