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What Everyone Should Know About the Undermining of the Rule of Law and How to Restore It. High Road for Human Rights Multimedia Piece

Louis Gakumba
and High Road for Human Rights

Rwandan Genocide: 800,000 Dead in 100 Days


“Could we have prevented the resumption of the civil war and the genocide? The short answer is yes.  If UNAMIR (United Nations Assistance Mission in Rwanda) had received the modest increase of [5,500] troops and capabilities we requested in the first week, 
could we have stopped the killings?
Yes, absolutely.”
-Roméo Dallaire, UN Military Commander in Rwanda 

VIDEO: Torture and the Restoration of the Rule of Law



The torture and killing of dozens of people detained by the US, along with the hundreds of cases of cruel torture at the hands of US personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, Guantanamo, and elsewhere is inblatant violation of the Geneva Conventions, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention Against Torture, and statutes passed by the United States Congress- including the War Crimes Act of 1996 and the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998.


High Road for Human Rights believes a crime is a crime- no matter who commits it.  Join us in standing for the restoration of the rule of law- the principle that all, regardless of wealth or power, are equal under the law.

VIDEO: Leadership on the Climate Crisis



Let us do all we can to assure that the failure to protect the atmosphere, and neglecting to protect human rights affected by global climate change, is never condoned because of a perception of public apathy in the United States- and do all we can, consistent with our moral values, to express our concern, compassion, and insistence on constructive action in the clearest, most powerful possible terms. 

Together, through High Road for Human Rights, we can change the wind. We can increase awareness about preventable suffering and work together, through focused organizing, to effectively push for change that will bring about a safer, kinder, more just world.


Speeches and Articles



  • April 6, 2011 - Panel discussion at a presentation by Steve Vanderheiden, “Climate Justice and the Challenge of Development.”  Democracy in South Asia Forum, University of Utah
  • March 5, 2011 – Keynote speech at United for Social Justice Immigration March, Salt Lake City, Utah



  • December 4, 2009 – Leadership on Climate Change: The Future of our Earth and its Inhabitants Is Our Responsibility. Presentation by Rocky Anderson at a Candlelight Vigil Sponsored by Students at Rowland Hall/St. Marks School
  • November 6, 2009 – “Human Rights and Climate Change: Taking the High Road,” Bioneers Conference: Westminster College, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • October 1, 2009 – Statement of Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson Before the Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands of the Committee on Natural Resources – Legislative Hearing on H.R. 1925, America’s Red Rock Wilderness Act of 2009
  • September 16, 2009 – Why the High Road? The Mission and Strategies of High Road for Human Rights Remarks by Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson Executive Director, High Road for Human Rights – Newcomers Club, Park City, Utah
  • July 13, 2009 – Why the High Road? The Mission and Strategies of High Road for Human Rights – Dine With Compassion – Remarks by Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson Executive Director, High Road for Human Rights – Wild Grape Restaurant, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • July 8, 2009 – “Climate Change Justice” Presentation at Inclusion Summit – Tooele, Utah
  • June 27, 2009 - The United Nations and the Rule of Law: A Call for US Leadership – Presentation by Ross C. “Rocky” Anderson – Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office
  • June 25, 2009 - Remarks at the Rally for Truth and Accountability for War Crime: Washington Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • April 27, 2009 – Presentation at Joint-US China Cooperation on Clean Energy (JUCCCE), China
  • April 25, 2009- Remarks at The Rescue, organized by Invisible Children: Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Video
  • March 2, 2009 – Remarks at the Mass Civil Disobedience climate change rally – Washington D.C.
  • February 27, 2009 - Keynote Address at Powershift ’09 climate change conference – Washington D.C.  Video
  • February 14, 2009 – - Presentation at the Winter Conference for Activists Healthy Planet Mobilization Committee at the University of Utah. Combating Climate Change: A Human Rights Imperative
  • February 12, 2009 - Press Conference at Climate of Change Conference: University of Utah
  • January 16, 2009 – Speech on civil disobedience at the First Unitarian Church: Salt Lake City, UT. The Law and the Moral Imperative to Act: What Course Do We Take When They Clash?
  • January 14, 2009 – Address to students, faculty and guests at Utah Valley University’s 15th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration event: Orem, UT. Voices of Conscience During Times of War


  • December 3, 2008 – Address to the First Annual High Road for Human Rights Lawyer’s Breakfast: Salt Lake City, UT. Help Restore What is Best About the United States of America
  • November 7, 2008 - Speech at Proposition 8 Rally – City Creek Park, Salt Lake City, UT
  • September 15, 2008 – Remarks at the Humanities Happy Hour: Salt Lake City, UT. Breaking the Cycle of Complacency 
  • September 4, 2008 – Presentation to the Regional Mayors’ Institute on Climate Change Regional Plan Association: New York, NY. Climate Change Leadership and Legacy
  • July 25, 2008 – Testimony before the House Committee on the Judiciary, United States House of Representatives: Washington, D.C. Regarding the Illegal Conduct and Other Egregious Abuses by the President of the United States and Other Members of His Administration and Possible Steps Toward Accountability, Future Deterrence, and Reform 
  • July 21, 2008 – Presentation to the International Human Rights Funders Group: New York, NY. Combating Climate Change: A Human Rights Imperative
  • May 28, 2008 – Remarks at High Road’s Peace and Human Rights RallyVideo
  • May 15, 2008 – Keynote Address to the ICLEI Local Action Summit: Albuquerque, New Mexico. Upstanding in a Time of Crisis: Leadership Toward Solutions and Embracing Opportunities



  • October 27, 2007 – Speech at demonstration against occupation of Iraq: City and County Building, Salt Lake City, UT
  • July 18, 2007 – Address at Diversity Best Practices Conference: Salt Lake City, UT. Strength Through Diversity: Creating an Open, Welcoming Community in Salt Lake City 
  • May 30, 2007 – Testimony before a hearing of the Environmental Protection Agency on allowing states to implement stricter controls on auto emissions than required by federal law: Washington, DC. Testimony Before the EPA on Allowing States to Regulate Global Warming Pollutants Under the Clean Cars Program
  • March 19, 2007 - Speech at demonstration on the occasion of the fourth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq: Salt Lake City, UT
  • March 17, 2007 – Speech at rally supporting an end to the war in Iraq and the impeachment of President Bush
  • March 1, 2007 – Detailed case for impeachment of President Bush submitted to Washington State Senate. A Compelling Case for the Impeachment of President Bush
  • March 1, 2007 – Testimony on impeachment of President Bush: Washington State Senate Governmental Operations Committee, Olympia WA
  • March 1, 2007 - Speech supporting the impeachment of President Bush: Olympia, WA. Part 2
  • March 1, 2007 – Speech supporting the impeachment of President Bush: Olympia, WA. Part 1
  • January 27, 2007 – Speech protesting the Iraq War: Washington, DC
  • January 18, 2007 - Remarks at Humanities Happy Hour: Intellectual Hors d’oeuvres


  • September 28, 2006 – Speech announcing Mayor Anderson will not seek a third term in office: Salt Lake City Main Library. Why I Have Decided Not to Run for Reelection
  • August 30, 2006 – Speech on the occasion of President Bush’s visit to Salt Lake City: Washington Square, Salt Lake City
  • April 30, 2006 - Speech at rally for intervention to stop genocide in Darfur
  • April 29, 2006 – Speech at rally against Iraq War: City and County Building, Salt Lake City
  • April 09, 2006 – Speech at massive rally in Salt Lake City in support of immigration reform. Dignity March


  • November 12, 2005 – Speech to Drug Policy Alliance Conference: Long Beach, California. Wrong Strategy, Wrong War, Wretched Results
  • August 22, 2005 - Speech on the occasion of President Bush’s visit to Salt Lake City


The Day My God Died

The Day My God Died
Andrew Levine Productions

Video courtesy of PBS
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The Day My God Died is a feature-length documentary that presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. They describe the day they were abducted from their village and sold into sexual servitude as, “The Day My God Died.”

The film provides actual footage from the brothels of Bombay, known even to tourists as “The Cages,” captured with “spy camera” technology. It weaves the stories of girls, and their stolen hopes and dreams, into an unforgettable examination of the growing plague of child sex slavery.

Through the film we come to know victims such as Gina, sold into sex slavery at age 7 and beaten with sticks and aluminum rods. Anita, lured by a friend then drugged and sold at age 12, was beaten and threatened that she would be buried alive. Girls are gang-raped, beaten and forced to service up to 20 clients a day as they are held in perpetual sexual servitude.

The film also introduces us to the heroes of the movement to abolish child sex slavery – non-profit organizations which rescue and care for former sex slaves. Some victims have emerged to form their own underground railway out of slavery. Maili, trafficked at 19 along with her infant daughter, risks her life to help other girls. We see Jyoti, sold at age12, lead a raid on a brothel resulting in the rescue of seven girls and the arrest of two brothel owners.

Children are the commodity consumed by the voracious and sophisticated international sex trade. Recruiters capture them, smugglers transport them, brothel owners enslave them, corrupt police betray them and customers rape and infect them. Every person in the chain profits except for the girls, who pay the price with their lives. Sexual servitude is a virtual death sentence. During the making of the film, in Bombay alone, 90 new cases of HIV are reported every hour and the girls suffer up to an 80% HIV/AIDS infection rate.

The Day My God Died documents the tragedy of child sexual slavery and profiles the courageous abolitionists that need our support.