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8th Annual Human Rights on the Hill Course
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7/13/2009 to 7/17/2009
When: July 13-17, 2009
9 am - 4:30 pm daily
Where: Building 39, Room 205
4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
Contact: Joshua Cooper

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8th Annual Human Rights on the Hill

The U.S. & The U.N.

From Reflection to Realization of

Human Rights in America

July 13 - 17, 2009

University of the District of Columbia

David A. Clarke School of Law

Talks & Topics Include

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The UN Convention on the Elimination of

All Forms of Discrimination Against Women

The UN International Covenant on Economic,

Social & Cultural Rights

The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Peace is a Human Right

State of the Four Freedoms in the World

Hawaii Institute for Human Rights

Four Freedoms Forum

For more information, please contact:

Joshua Cooper at

8th Annual Human Rights on the Hill


July 12

8 p.m.

Opening Gathering & Get Together

Article 24 Event: Right to Rest & Leisure


Focus-In Cinema for a Conscious Community

National Museum of the American Indian

Filmmakers of Barking Water and Medicine for Melancholy

Discussion on Indigenous Rights

Busboys & Poets

14th & V


July 13



8:30 a.m.



9:00 a.m.

A History of Human Rights & the Pursuit of Peace

in the United Nations & America’s Role:

From the UN Charter to the UN Human Rights Council

Joshua Cooper, Director Four Freedoms Forum


10:30 a.m.

Peace is a Human Right: From Abolition to Afghanistan

Kevin Martin, Director, Peace Action


12:00 p.m.


Amazing documentary film released on World Environment Day to assess the beauty and unique balance of our natural environment which future depends on the actions of our daily living practices. Save the planet.


1:30 p.m .

Using Domestic Law to Promote and Protect Human Rights Around the World

Jacqui Zalcberg, Lawyer



3:00 p.m.

The Right to a Clean, Healthy Environment in Internationall Law

Marcos Orellana, Center for International Environmental Law




July 14


9:00 a.m.

The Dawn of a New Dialogue:

The Election & Early Participation of the United States in the UN Human Rights Council

Joshua Cooper, Director Four Freedoms Forum


10:30 a.m.


The Power of Peace & Nonviolent Movements for Social Change

Katherine Hughes-Fraitekh, Peace Brigades International

Michael Beer, Nonviolence International


11:30 a.m.

The 20th Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: Is it Time for US Ratification

Mark Engman, UNICEF-USA



12:00 p.m.

The Reckoning: The Battle for the International Criminal Court



1:30 p.m .

The International Criminal Court: Global Movement for Justice & Rule of Law

Don Kraus, Citizens for Global Solutions



3:00 p.m.

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

David Morrisssey, Executive Director, United States International Council on Disabilities



July 15


9:00 a.m.

The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues:

Indigenous Peoples Pursuit of Peace & Realization of Rights

From Deskaheh to the UN Second Decade

Joshua Cooper, Director Four Freedoms Forum


The Ability for Advocacy by NGOs in the Core

United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies:

We the People Actively Participating in Global Affairs

Joshua Cooper, Director, Four Freedoms Forum



10:30 a.m.

The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women:

The Next Human Rights Treaty to Be Ratified in the U.S.

Sarah Albert, Social Policy & Advocacy Director


12:00 p.m.

Climate Change & Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Short Film Series

Featuring Native Wind, A Moment’s Survey (Momentaufnahme) & UNU Shorts focusing on Climate Change in Oceania



1:30 p.m .

The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:

A People’s Campaign for Ratification & Implementation

Elizabeth Lean, US Campaign for the Ratification of the CRC


Nuclear Weapons and the Human Future

David Krieger, President, Nuclear Age Peace Foundation


3:00 p.m.

Realizing America’s Dream Through Human Rights:

Overcoming Discrimination Through Framework of Four Freedoms

Wade Henderson


July 16


United States Institute of Peace Excursion of Empowerment

Smart Tools for Smart Power: Simulations and Serious Games for Peacebuilding


9:00 a.m.


        Political video-game simulation – “A Force More Powerful”

        Web-based negotiation simulation – ICONS/University of Maryland

        Complex simulation and scenario analytics – IBM Innov8

        Virtual worlds for training and dispute resolution –Lockheed Martin/Forterra, EBay


Beth Noveck, Keynote

  Deputy Chief Technology Officer, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Charlie Hargraves

  3D Immersive Virtual Environment Program, Lockheed Martin

Jon Wilkenfeld

  Director, Center for International Development and Conflict Management, University of Maryland

Steve York and Ivan Marovic

  “A Force More Powerful,” York Zimmerman




1:00 p.m.


Afternoon session

Scott Sechser

Second Life, Linden Lab

Skip Cole

  Senior Program Officer, Education and Training Center, U.S. Institute of Peace

Colin Rule

  Director, Online Dispute Resolution, EBay

Michael Martine

  Director of Strategy & Planning, IBM

Sheldon Himelfarb, Moderator

  Associate Vice President, Center of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding, U.S. Institute of Peace


July 17


9:00 a.m.

Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the Amazon

Andrew Miller, Amazon Watch


10:30 a.m.

The Challenge of Human Rights in North Korea

Debra Liang-Fenton, United States Institute of Peace


12:00 p.m.

Earth Wisdom: For a World in Crisis

Link TV


1:30 p.m.

The Right to Housing & Economic, Social & Cultural Rights in the United States

Jessica Gustin, Program on Human Rights & the Global Economy Fellow

National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty


3:30 p.m.

Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Film Festival

Museum of the Native American Indian

Alcatraz is Not an Island


Film follows the Red Power Movement in 1969 – 71 occupation of Alcatraz Island by the American Indian Movement.



5:00 p.m.

Article 24: Right to Rest & Leisure

Concluding Ceremony




The cost of the program is on a sliding scale between $5 and $50/day. No one will be turned away from inability to donate.


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