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Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights

The Oak Institute for the Study of International Human Rights, established in 1998, annually brings to campus a prominent human rights practitioner. While in residence the Oak Human Rights Fellow teaches, pursues research, and works with the faculty to organize lectures and other events centered around his or her area of expertise. The 2010 Oak Human Rights Fellow is Jestina Mukoko, who will be in residence for the fall semester. Mukoko is the national director of the Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP), a nongovernmental organization that monitors human rights abuses throughout the country. A longtime leader in Zimbabwe’s human rights and activist communities, she was abducted from her home in December 2008 and detained for three months by state security agents for her work monitoring the brutality of the Mugabe government. In March she received the 2010 International Women of Courage Award from the U.S. Department of State. Among her other honors are the 2009 Laureate of the City of Weimar Human Rights prize and the 2009 NANGO (Zimbabwe’s National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations) peace award. For more information see www.colby.edu/oak.