age 2 - The Michigan Daily - Wednesday, November 22, 1989
byy Vera Songwe
Daily Minority Issues Reporter
With the recent turmoil in El
Salvador, the extent of human rights
abuses around the world can no
longer be overlooked.
But Latin America is not the
(Yy place where such abuses occur.
W~uyiselo Jozana, a native South
A frican, and Olu Bajo, a Fulbright
,molar from Nigeria, said last night
i-Rackham Amphitheater that few
cntries abide by the Declaration of
- 1iaman Rights.
-Speaking on human rights viola-
t ins in the United States, Bajo told
tfe audience of 60 that "in Nigeria,
there are no picket lines. There are
ri police lines. All protesting peo-
ple have in front of them are armored
trucks and a military ready to at-
!ozana said the South African
government argues that Blacks
should not have power because they
would commit human rights abuses
like the Nigerian government.
Jozana called this logic "an absur-
Following that argument, he
said, "because of the Nazi regime in
Germany it would be unfair or un-
wise to deny other Europeans the
right to have governments."~
Jozana spoke on "The Suppres-
sion of Fundamental Human
Rights," which he defined as the
right to life, liberty, freedom of wor-
ship, and property ownership.
"It must be emphasized that the
ri ht to life is a basis. It is that
4pthout which you cannot enjoy the
tIer rights," he said.
In his fiery speech, Jozana ex-
plained that the Declaration of Hu-
ian Rights is simply a declaration
- not a binding policy statement. If
an enforceable bill existed, he said,
countries would not have to make up
tieir own human rights laws.
",,'The advantage of being the last
person to achieve freedom is I would
use the enriching knowledge I have
olitained for the benefit of the future
5iuth Africa," he said.
University employee Paul
thacker said the speech helped de-
st;Ibe philosophies behind human
rights, rather than emphasizing the
specific rights abuses in other coun-
trips. "It kind of gave it a different
hqld from the inside," he said. "That
is why I enjoyed it."
The talk was sponsored by Ann
Arbor's chapter of Amnesty Interna-
University employee Zahra
Furbush rips down fliers from a pole near the Diag.
Locals open hearts, homes to
foreign students on holiday
by Christine Kloostra
and Noelle Vance hosted about 15 foreign students for
Daily Staff Writers Thanksgiving because it's some-
As the aroma of roasting turkey
permeates kitchens across the coun-
try tomorrow, University interna-
tional students will share America's
most distinctive holiday with local
Thanksgiving, established by
early Americans to give thanks for
their survival in the new world, is
now a time for families to gather,
watch the Macy's parade, and eat un-
til they can't move an inch. But for
students from other countries,
Thanksgiving is a new experience.
Valentin Andreev, a Rackham
graduate student from Bulgaria, will
spend his sixth Thanksgiving in
America at Mathematics Prof. James
Kister's home. "(Thanksgiving) is
great. It's excellent as a student to
get a break. And it's nice to see the
hospitality (during the holiday),"
Andreev said. He has spent all six of
his Thanksgivings with his profes-
Informal invitations from profes-
sors to international students are
Maxwell Reade, another mathe-
matics professor, has annually
thing "good-hearted" people like to
do. This year, however, he plans to
celebrate at Kister's home.
The students like to sit around
and talk, he said: "It's mostly first-
year students; second-year students
'Just think of it -
almost a whole nation
have a way of finding their way
One of Reade's more memorable
guests could not eat meat because of
his religious beliefs. "But he ate
well," Reade said. "He just ate veg-
etables and several loaves of bread."
International students who are
also Rotary Scholars will spend the
day with local Rotarians and their
"So many international students
arrive on campus and have to shift
for themselves and don't have the
opportunity to interact with fami-
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lies. We try to have them spend time
in Rotarian homes for a traditional
American Thanksgiving," said Dan
Balback, counselor for University
There are eight students with Ro-
tary Fellowships and seven former
Rotary Scholars on campus.
Not all international students will
observe the holiday. Some, like
Diego Jaramillo, a Rackham gradu-
ate student from Colombia, plan to
spend the long weekend studying or
Whether they stay with a family
or spend the day with friends, turkey
is the one thing about Thanksgiving
that often impresses international
students the most.
"It's something we don't have
where I come from," said Anders
B0rgen, a business school senior
from Norway. "Turkey's good, sweet
potatoes are not."
Thanksgiving is a rare opportu-
nity, said Yasuo Watanabe, a gradu-
ate student from Japan. "It's a chance
to be in touch with a traditional
American thing," he said. "We don't
have anything like this anywhere
else. Just think of it - almost a
whole nation eating turkeys!"
Compiled from Associated Press and staff reports
Ruling prohibits deductions
from Mich. prisoners' wages
LANSING - The state cannot deduct wages earned by prisoners
while they're incarcerated in order to pay for the cost of housing and
feeding them, Attorney General Frank Kelley said yesterday. However,
the state may claim the prisoner's estate, he ruled.
The attorney general referred to a 1937 law which says the state
shouldn't "discourage thrift and good habits by the prisoner during the.
period of his incarceration..."
Rep. Michael Nye (R-Litchfield) is proposing legislation that would
allow low-security inmates to work at industrial and commercial parks
near prisons that employ prisoners. Nye said that wages earned by a
prisoner should be distributed on a percentage basis to cover: victim
restitution, prisoner's room and board, and support of the prisoner's
"We're still going to give them the opportunity to be thrifty," Nye
Brady supports gun control
WASHINGTON - For the first time since he and President Reagan
were shot eight years ago, former White House Press Secretary James
Brady personally asked Congress on yesterday to require a seven-day
wait before consumers can purchase a handgun.
Brady said lawmakers "have been gutless" on the issue of gun
control. "They have closed their eyes to tragedies like mine," Brady said
The bill, defeated a year ago in the House, would establish a
national seven-day waiting period for the purchase of handguns. It
would require that gun dealers obtain identifying information from
handgun buyers to send to police who would check to see if the
purchaser was a convicted felon, barred by law from purchasing a
The handgun legislation has the support of officials of several police
groups, including the National Fraternal Order of Police, but is opposed
by the National Rifle Association.
Report makes suggestions on
improving Michigan prisons
LANSING - Complete isolation or hard labor for convicted
murderers who kill again behind bars should be implemented if capital
punishment is not a feasible alternative, legislators proposed yesterday.
The recommendation was one of several in a report released by the
House Republican Task Force on Prison Initiatives, whose intent was
to find ways to improve Michigan's troubled prison system.
The committee stopped short of endorsing the death penalty even
though most of its members support the idea for prisoners who kill
corrections officers or other prisoners, said Rep. Michael Nye (R-
A task force recommendation is to attract light industrial and
commercial parks near prisons to employ prisoners. The businesses
would be given incentives to locate near the facilities and hire prisoners,
such as a waiver of unemployment and worker's compensation costs,
and a credit on the single business tax.
Consumer prices show gain
WASHINGTON - Higher gasoline and food costs pushed consumer
prices up 0.5 percent last month, giving the country its biggest spurt
of inflation since last May, the government reported yesterday.
The increase in the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index,
which translated into an annual inflation rate of 5.9 percent, followed
four months in which the index recorded tiny gains of 0.2 percent or
October's inflation spurt was blamed on a statistical jump in
gasoline costs, hefty increases in dairy products and fruit -and rising
costs for new cars and clothing.
Economists for the most part discounted the increase, saying it did
not shake their belief that price pressures will remain moderate in
Consumer prices minus food and energy costs, the inflation measure
considered to be a good guage of underlying price pressures, rose 0.5
percent in October, matching the increase in the overall index.
Extras wishes everybody a
On this week's most sacred of holidays, we at The Daily would like
to take time out and give special thanks to you - the students, faculty,
administrators, Ann Arbor residents, researchers, lecturers, staff
members, performers, speakers, groups, trees, buildings, dogs, cats,
fish, cement blocks, bag lunches, those cement posts near Mason Hall,
Civil War reenactors, Pee-wee Herman fans, Charles Barkley, the new
Computing Center, the Crossword Puzzle, the skywalk between
Randall Lab and West Engineering, the World Cup soccer team from
Cameroon, and all the members of the re-formed Jefferson Airplane.
Most of all, thanks for not. being here so we don't have to print this
newspaper. See you all Monday.
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The hotel manager told the AP
by telephone there was still sporadic
firing around the building.
The Bush administration said the
United States was "making plans as
necessary" to protect the lives of
Americans. White House spokesper-
son Marlin Fitzwater said no options
- including military ones - were
being ruled out. According to
CISPES, there are nearly 200 U.S.
military advisers now in El
Yesterday's events come one day
after President Bush reaffirmed
strong U.S. support for President
Alfredo Cristiani's government. The
United States has provided about
$3.5 billion to oppose the
insurgency. Since its start, more
than 71,000 people, mostly
civilians, have died.
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