Poverty & Human Rights from Below - An alternative history and approach
A CROP/UiB Global lecture, held by CROP Fellow Camilo Perez-Bustillo, Research Professor Autonomous University of Mexico City (UACM), Mexico.
Camilo Pérez-Bustillo was co-founder and co-director of Multicultural Education, Training and Advocacy (META), Inc. a human rights NGO in the U.S. from 1982 to 1993. He was the first person of Latin American origin appointed to the W. Haywood Burns Memorial Chair for Civil Rights Law (a 1 year endowed appointment) at the City University of New York (CUNY) Law School during 2002-2003. He later served as Director of Immigrant and Refugee Rights at the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) in Philadelphia.
He is a member of the Committee on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of the International Law Association, of the international organizing committees of the World Social Forum on Migration and of the Global Alternative Forum of Peoples in Movement and its International Tribunal of Conscience (the first of its kind focused on issues affecting migrants, refugees, and the displaced). Pérez-Bustillo has been an advisor on issues regarding human rights and poverty to the UN Human Rights Council.
As a scholar he has written extensively on global human rights discourse and practices and their historical, philosophical, and ethical origins, and regarding the rights of indigenous peoples, and migrants, refugees, and the displaced ("peoples in movement") in the context of poverty and inequality. He is co-editor of the book The Poverty of Rights: Human Rights and the Eradication of Poverty published by Zed books in the “CROP International Studies in Poverty Research” and has been engaged with CROP´s work on human rights and poverty since 1997.