International Fulbright Humphrey Fellows in Law and Human Rights, Athar Waheed (Pakistan), Faso (Maldives), Aneeta Aahooja (Pakistan), Abalo Assih (Togo), and Shiran Gooneratne (Sri Lanka) traveled today to Green Bay, Wisconsin for the Boarding School Tribunal, an effort to begin addressing the harm done to native peoples through the boarding school system instituted in the US in the late 1800s.
A short documentary on boarding schools can be viewed at:http://livestre.am/1xWD
The second day of the Boarding School Tribunal was an emotional one. Boarding school survivors and the children of survivors testified about their and their families’ experiences of extreme abuse at the hands of school officials, aculturation, and inter-generational trauma. Survivors spoke of the loss of language and traditions, the breaking apart of families, and the lasting personal impacts of boarding school experiences.
The Human Rights Center staff and 2014-15 Humphrey Fellows Athar Waheed (Pakistan), Aneeta Aahooja (Pakistan), Fasoha (Maldives), Abalo Assih (Togo), and Shiran Gooneratne (Sri Lanka) feel extraordinarily honored to participate in this tribunal.
You can read a re-cap of the second day of testimony and watch a livestream of the proceedings via Censored News.
The final day of the Boarding School Tribunal included a pipe ceremony and much gratitude towards all those who had engaged in the difficult work of sharing their stories. Participants discussed the necessity of preserving the history of the boarding schools and making it more widely known and understood.
The Human Rights Center staff and 2014-15 Humphrey Fellows Athar Waheed (Pakistan), Aneeta Aahooja (Pakistan), Fasoha (Maldives), Abalo Assih (Togo), and Shiran Gooneratne (Sri Lanka) thanked the tribunal for allowing them to participate and gave a brief summary of their impressions of the testimony at the end of the third day.
You can read more about the third day of testimony here via Censored News.