Amnesty International BU Hosts Human Rights Discussion

This Saturday afternoon, BU’s chapter of Amnesty International held a panel discussion on human rights and immigration law under the Trump administration. The panelists, Hiam Altali the Founder of Justice for Detainees in Syria, Tahirah Dean, an immigration law attorney, Yoana Kuzmova, a BU immigration law Professor, Timothy Longman, Director of the Institute of Culture, Religion and World Affairs, Elena Noureddine, an immigration attorney, and Terry Rockefeller, the Amnesty International Board of Directors documentary film producer, all agreed that the US should be doing more in its efforts to aid countries in crisis.

They also discussed the inhumane ways the US treats immigrants and the power that ICE officers have over detainees. The panelists came to the consensus that it doesn’t seem like Human Rights is even on Trump’s radar and that he may be doing just the opposite of fighting for people’s rights.

For full coverage of the event check out my Twitter moment.

How do you think the Trump administration compares to past administrations in terms of their role in aiding refugees?

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BU students and staff safe after Capitol shooting incident

March 28, 2016

After reports of shots fired at the United States Capitol Visitor Center, all BU students and staff in Washington D.C. are safe, BU spokesperson Colin Riley said.

“There was a shelter-in-place instruction in the Capitol, and that order has now been lifted,” Riley said. “We’ve checked, and all of our students are fine.”

Riley said there are several BU students interning in the House office building and one interning in the Senate building, and they are all accounted for. It is unknown if they were in the buildings at the time of shooting.

U.S. Capitol police locked down the entire U.S. Capitol Complex due to a potential security threat, according to an email sent to those working in the complex.

Those working in the Capitol received emails Monday at around 8 a.m. that informed them that there would be shelter-in-place drills for actions they would take if a shooting occurred, according to the email. The drills only applied to the Capitol and not the Capitol Visitor Center.

CNN reported that when the suspect went through a metal detector in the Capitol, an alarm sounded and he drew his gun. The male suspect was immediately shot by Capitol police this afternoon.

The suspect is now in custody and was injured by shrapnel, according to CNN. A female bystander was also injured.

According to the Senate sergeant at arms, the lockdown has been lifted and the Capitol is open for official business only. The Capitol Visitor Center remains closed, and road closures have been put in place.

The D.C. Police Department confirmed that there is no longer an active threat to the area. “There has been an isolated incident at the US Capitol,” the department tweeted. “There is no active threat to the public.”

Originally published here: http://dailyfreepress.com/2016/03/28/bu-washington-dc-capitol-shooting-incident/

BU Theatre on Huntington Avenue sold after six-month-long process

By: Kyler Sumter and Sadiah Thompson

The Boston University-owned BU Theatre on 264 Huntington Ave., which was put on the market in October, was sold after a six-month-long process, according to BU’s Senior Vice President of Operations Gary Nicksa.

The $25 million dollar revenue from the property will go toward the new theater art facility on Commonwealth Avenue.

“Right now, we’re in the early stages of the design and just beginning the public approval process,” Nicksa said. “What we’re planning on doing there is building theater arts production space — scene shops, paint shops, lighting studios — and a 250-seat studio performance theater, a black box theater. We’re not replacing the big proscenium main stage.”

Nicksa said the new location of the facility will be more convenient for students.

“The production and the studio performance space that will be located here on Commonwealth Avenue will allow theater students to attend classes here rather than having to take the bus and go to Huntington Avenue,” Nicksa said.

The sale will take up to 45 days to complete, according to BU spokesperson Colin Riley.

Dave Sebastian contributed to the reporting of this article.

Originally published here: http://dailyfreepress.com/2016/03/21/bu-theatre-sale-huntington-avenue/