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13th Annual "Human Rights on the Hill" Course
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13th Annual "Human Rights on the Hill" Course

8/18/2014 to 8/22/2014

When: August 18-22, 2014
9 to 5
Where: 5th Floor
4340 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20008
United States
Contact:
Joshua Cooper

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13th Annual 

Human Rights on the Hill 

 

August 18 - 22

Washington DC

 

The annual program aims to educate and empower participants to understand the international human rights instruments and institutions and to utilize the new skill set to promote and protect human rights. 

 

In 2014, the course will be more creative and comprehensive in connecting participants to current United Nations negotiations regarding important rights in the field of indigenous peoples, racial justice, prevention of torture and the UPR process. 

 

The course will focus on diplomatic interaction and direction involvement with global human rights machinery rooted in our grassroots movement for dignity and democracy in our communities and country.

 

The two first two days will combine lectures along with actual viewing of live negotiations with UN webcast and analysis in between the official session of negotiations for the UN World Conference on Indigenous Peoples.  The final three days will combine lectures from those with firsthand information on the frontline of defending fundamental freedoms. The course will cover the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Committee Against Torture and the Universal Periodic Review. Advocates will be able to learn about recent reviews of the United States of America at the UN treaty bodies. Even more significant, there will be portions where participants can begin providing input and insight for upcoming reviews for the Universal Periodic Review contributing to stakeholder reports to be submitted to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  There will also be case studies of human rights movements from around the world.  

 

August 18


9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Overview of International Human Rights Instruments & Institutions

Joshua Cooper, Director, Four Freedoms Forum 

 

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples:

An Introduction to the UN General Assembly HIgh Level Plenary Meeting 

Paragraphs 1 - 10 

 

1:00 p.m. 

Human Rights Film Festival 

Earth Wisdom 

 

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.  

The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples:

Analysis of the Outcome Document 

Paragraph 11 - 20 

 

August 19

 

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. 

Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples: 

The Position of Global Coordinating Committee and States in the Final Stages

Joshua Cooper, Director, INDIGENOUS 

 

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 

The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples:

Analysis of the Outcome Document 

Paragraph 21 - 30 

 

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 

Human Rights Film Festival 

Yakoana

 

3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. 
The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples:

Analysis of the Outcome Document 

Concluding Paragraphs and Next Steps 

 

August 20 

 

9 a.m. 

The United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies:

History and How-To-Realize Rights 

Joshua Cooper, Director, Four Freedoms Forum 

 

10:30 a.m. 

Bringing Human Rights Home through AFSC's Youth Human Rights Summit: Empowering DC & America's Youth to Become Agents of Social Change

Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana

American Friends Service Committee

 

12:00 p.m. 

Human Rights Film Festival 

Testify! US UPR 2010

 

12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.  

National Webinar 

Engaging the Universal Periodic Review: Steps for Writing and Submitting a Stakeholder Report

 

Amy Bergquist, The Advocates for Human Rights

Kate D'Adamo, Sex Workers Outreach Project -NYC

Joshua Cooper, Four Freedoms Forum (UPR Taskforce co-chair) 

 

3:00 p.m.

The Review of the ICCPR and CERD:

A Delegates Perspective on America's Role to Realize Human Rights

Mary Beth West, U.S. State Department Government Delegate 

 

4:30 p.m. 

The Universal Periodic Review & U:

How to Be Informed & Involved

Joshua Cooper, Director, Four Freedoms Forum 

 

6:30 p.m. 

UPR Consultation Atlanta

Housing is a Human Rights 

American Friends Service Committee & US Human Rights Network 

 

7:30 p.m. 

UPR Consultation Miami

Immigration: A Human Rights Approach 

American Friends Service Committee & US Human Rights Network 

 

August 21 

 

9:00 a.m. 

The United Nations Human Rights Charter Bodies:

From Forums to the UN Human Rights Council 

Joshua Cooper, Director, Hawai'i Institute for Human Rights

 

10:30 a.m. 

Human Rights in America:  Achievable or Aspirational? 

Lisa A. Crooms-Robinson, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs

Howard University School of Law 

 

12:00 p.m. 
Human Rights Film Festival 

 

1:30 p.m. 

Falling Further Behind:  Combating Racial Discrimination in America 

Wade Henderson, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights 

 

3:00 p.m. 

Human Rights in Asia

Alim Seytoff, Uyghur Human Rights Project 

 

 

August 22  

 

9:00 a.m. 

The Universal Periodic Review:

From Preparation to Implementation 

Joshua Cooper, Director, Four Freedoms Forum 

 

10:30 a.m. 

The UN Committee on Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD):

An Analysis of the US Report
Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law 

 

12:00 p.m. 

Human Rights Film Festival 

Bridge to the Future 

 

1:30 p.m.

The UN Convention Against Torture & America;s Upcoming Review 

Antonio Ginatta

Human Rights Watch 

 

3:00 p.m. 

Human Rights in the United States of America:

The Growing Human Rights Movement on the Ground

Joshua Cooper, Four Freedoms Forum 






 
 

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