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Cambridge, MA -- The Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Hariri Foundation-USA have announced the creation of the Gebran G. Tueni Human Rights Fellowship Program.
The gift of US$330,000 establishing the program comes from the Hariri Foundation-USA in honor of Gebran Ghassan Tueni, a politician, journalist, and editor of the daily newspaper An-Nahar in Beirut, Lebanon, who came to international prominence in March 2000 when he forcefully advocated a Lebanon free from the control of outside forces. His call for tolerance between Muslims and Christians and his denunciation of crimes against humanity cost him his life, as he was assassinated by a car bomb in Dec. 2005. Tueni was one of more than 15 journalists, activists, and Members of Parliament who were assassinated or targeted since the Feb. 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
His famous phrase "In the name of God, we, Muslims and Christians, pledge that united we shall remain to the end of time to defend our Lebanon" has been his best known epitaph.
“Gebran Tueni represents the values and goals which we are trying to promote through this Fellowship” said Carr Center Director Rory Stewart.
Beginning in Sept. 2009, the Hariri Foundation gift will support two 10-month fellowships per year during a three-year period for scholars, journalists, writers, and human rights activists from Lebanon or Iraq to conduct research in residence at the Carr Center. In the event that eligible candidates from Lebanon or Iraq cannot be identified, fellowships may be awarded to candidates from other Middle Eastern countries.
Each of the Gebran G. Tueni Fellows will undertake a major research project focusing on the areas of freedom of speech, arbitrary detention, or discrimination against minorities, displaced populations, or other vulnerable groups in one or more countries in the Middle East.
Established in 1985, the Hariri Foundation-USA works to develop the human resources of Lebanon through education. In support of this mission, it has sponsored over 3,000 Lebanese students at more than 300 universities and colleges in North America. Currently it works to enrich the education of students attending schools in Lebanon.
The mission of the Carr Center, like that of Harvard Kennedy School, is to train future leaders for careers in public service and to apply first-class research to the solution of public policy problems. Our research, teaching and writing are guided by a commitment to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in United States and throughout the world.
For more information please visit http://www.hks.harvard.edu/cchrp/