At the home of
Linda Foreman & Thomas Dickstein
1912 Girard Ave. S.
Be sure to join us at the house party to visit with UN expert Jennifer Prestholdt about The Advocates’ role in revising the Minnesota Protocol. Prestholdt is The Advocates’ deputy director and director of its International Justice Program.
Last year, the United Nations asked The Advocates to help update the international guidelines and procedures for investigating suspicious and unlawful deaths, known as the Minnesota Protocol.
Developed by The Advocates’ volunteers in the 1980s, the Minnesota Protocol was adopted by the UN in 1991 with the official title UN Manual on the Effective Prevention of Extra-Legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions. The Minnesota Protocol has been instrumental in investigations in most regions of the globe. It has been widely used by national, regional, and international courts; UN human rights bodies; and organizations worldwide. (To get a sense of its effectiveness, read Pioneer Press's Ruben Rosario's column.)
“The need for clear international standards that encompass the realities of human rights abuses in the twenty-first century has resulted in the current revision,” said UN Special Rapporteur Christof Heyns, who commissioned the project. The revised Minnesota Protocol will be released this year.
RSVP by Fri., Feb. 12 to Rachel Wagner by email, or by calling her at 612-746-4688.