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To promote and protect human rights; to expand the definition of human rights within an anthropological perspective; to work internally with the membership of the AAA, to educate anthropologists, and to mobilize their support for human rights; to work externally with foreign colleagues, the people and groups with whom anthropologists work, and other human rights organizations to develop an anthropological perspective on human rights and consult with them on human rights violations and the appropriate actions to be taken; to influence and educate the media, policy makers, non-governmental organizations, and decision makers in the private sector; to encourage research on all aspects of human rights from conceptual to applied.
Permanent; The AAA Association Operations Committee will review each committee advisory to the Board at least once in five years.
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Annual report; letters and issue briefs in response to cases of human rights abuse.
One formal meeting at AAA Annual Meeting; also meets via teleconference throughout the year.
Haleema Burton, Manager, Membership Development, American Anthropological Association.
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Established in 1995, after a 3-year planning effort by its predecessor, the AAA Commission on Human Rights. The Committee's work falls broadly into internal and external categories.
To stimulate informed involvement in the human rights area among professional anthropologists through publications, panels and network building. The Committee's proposed Declaration on Anthropology and Human Rights, the white papers of its task groups on ethnic cleansing and on the human rights of women are further examples, and these web pages are among the products of this effort.
To gather information on selected, anthropologically relevant, cases of human rights abuse and to propose action in the name of the American Anthropological Association to the Association's leadership.The committee's briefing documents, prepared in order to brief the Association's leadership on particular cases of human rights abuse, are one product of the external mission.
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