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10th Annual Human Rights on the Hill: A Decade of Direct Action & Diplomacy
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6/27/2011 to 7/2/2011
When: June 27 - July 2, 2011
Daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Contact: Joe Libertelli

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10th Annual Human Rights on the Hill
A Decade of Direct Action & Diplomacy

Initiating a Peoples' Revolution for Human Rights in America and Abroad;
Implementing International Human Rights Law in Our Domestic & Foreign Policy

June 27 - July 2, 2011
Daily 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

University of the District of Columbia
David A. Clarke School of Law
Building 39, 2nd Floor, Room 204

4200 Connecticut Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20008

Talks & Topics Include:
  • State of Four Freedoms in the World
  • Realizing the Recommendations in the Universal Periodic Review
  • Economic, Social & Cultural Rights in America: 70th Anniversary of Roosevelt's Vision
  • US Responsibilities to UN Treaty Bodies -- CERD, CAT & ICCPR
  • US Actions to Ratify International HR Conventions -- Disabilities, CRC and CEDAW
  • Peace is a Human Right
  • Climate Legislation in the U.S. Congress & Upcoming COP 17 in Durban


Monday, June 27th
9:00am - 10:30am
A People's History of Human Rights: The Movement for a Moral Architecture to Seek Social Justice
--Joshua Cooper: Director, Four Freedoms Forum

10:30am - 12:00pm
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW): The Citizen Campaign for U.S. Ratification and Realization of CEDAW
--Erica Swanson and June Zeitlin: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies: Innovation & Implementation of International Instruments To Realize Human Rights Via State Review & Followup Procedures for Fundamental Freedoms.
--Joshua Cooper: Director, Four Freedoms Forum and Lecturer, University of Hawaii, Political Science

12:00pm - 1:30pm
7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival: "The Treaty Bodies" and "Bringing Human Rights Home."
Film presents the work of the UN treaty bodies through the core human rights treaties and the treaty bodies for NGOs to raise awareness and build capacities of the international human rights community

1:30pm - 3:00pm
The Role of Non-Governmental Organizations to Realize Human Rights from the Grassroots to the Global Addressing Issues of Traditional Violations as Torture to Emerging Economic, Environmental, Social & Cultural Rights in International Law
--Folabi Olagbaju: Regional Director & Former Director of AI Human Rights & Environment Program, Amnesty International USA

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Civil Society Consultation for the Review of the Convention Against Torture: An Upcoming Review of the USA at the UN Committee Against Torture
--Jason Pielemeier, Special Adviser, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, United States Department of State

7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival: "Stories on Human Rights: A Film Inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights"

Tuesday, June 28th
9:00am - 10:00am
The United Nations Human Rights Council: A New Direction in International Affairs for Advocacy: A Review of a Half Decade of Diplomacy & Determined NGO Engagement
--Joshua Cooper: Director, Four Freedoms Forum Lecturer, University of Hawaii, Political Science

10:00am - 12:00pm at Brookings Institution
How Social Networking Can Re-Invigorate American Democracy and Civic Participation
--Diana Owen: Professor of Political Science, Georgetown University
--Mindy Finn: Partner, Engage
--Macon Phillips: Special Assistant to the President and Director of Digital Strategy
--Lee Rainie: Director, Pew Internet & American Life Project

Also available at UDC via Live via Webcast

12:00pm - 1:00
7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival: "REDD Watch: Indigenous Peoples Perspective on REDD"

100th Conference of the International Labor Organization
Tripartism and Social Dialogue: The Heart of the ILO Dialogue

1:00 p.m.

Housing is a Human Right: Realizing Economic, Social & Cultural Rights in America

--Eric Tars, Attorney, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

1:30pm - 3:30pm
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
--Esme Grant: Disability Rights Educator, United States International Council on Disabilities

International Disability Rights Issues: A Personal Perspective on the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
--Sherzodbek Sharipov: Fellow, United States International Council on Disabilities
--Jean de Dieu Mukunzi: United States International Council on Disabilities

3:30pm - 4:30pm
Impact Advocacy: The Power of the Law in the Pursuit of Global Justice
--Theresa Harris: Executive Director, World Organization for Human Rights USA

Wednesday, June 29th

9:00am - 10:30am
The InterAmerican System of Human Rights Promotion & Protection: A History of the Institutions and the Impetus to Defend Indigenous Rights
--Dinah Shelton: Manatt/Ahnn Professor of International Law, George Washington University Law School

10:30am - 12:00pm
Human Rights Cities: Grassroots Organizing for Implementing Fundamental Freedoms at Home
--Jean-Louis Peta Ikambana: Area Director, DC Peace and Economic Justice Program, American Friends Service Committee

12:00pm - 1:30pm Location: New America Foundation. 1899 L St. NW, Suite 400. Washington, DC 20036.
Nuclear Weapons in a Changing World: The Future of Nuclear Disarmament
--Joseph Cirincione: President, Ploughshares Fund
--Vipin Narang: Assistant Professor of Political Science, MIT

1:30pm - 3:00pm (Back at UDC)
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: The Most Ratified Instrument in Public International Law & The Reasons Why the U.S. is Almost the Last One to Recognize Children’s Rights
--Mark Engman: Public Policy Director, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Climate Change & Human Rights
--Siobhan McInerney-Lankford: Senior Policy Officer, Institutions, Law and Partnerships for Human Rights, The World Bank

3:00pm - 4:30pm
The Universal Periodic Review & the United States of America: Realizing the Recommendations to Guarantee Human Rights in America
--David Sullivan: Legal Department of the United States Department of State

Thursday, June 30th
9:00am - 10:30pm
The International Criminal Court in Its First Decade
--Don Kraus: Chief Executive Officer, Citizens for Global Solutions
--Citizen Action, U.S. Leadership, Global Cooperation

10:30am - 12:00pm
The United Nations in the Second Term of Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: A Continued Commitment to Human Rights and Climate Justice for All
--William Davis: Director, United Nations Office in Washington D.C.

12:00pm - 1:30pm
7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival: "Brother Outsider" and bio documentary on Bayard Rustin, the civil rights leader and icon for the LGBT community covering the interconnectedness of human rights

1:30pm - 3:00pm
Human Rights at Home: Domestic Accountability Mechanisms at the Federal, State and Local Level with Meaningful Civil Society Engagement
--Lisa Crooms: Professor, Howard University School of Law

3:00pm - 4:30pm
Promoting Human Rights Through Assistance: Development to Assure Democracy
--Maxine Hillary: USAID/Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean

The UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues: Measuring the Mainstreaming of Human Rights in Communities & Global Civil Society
--Joshua Cooper: Director, INDIGENOUS

Friday, July 1st
9:00am - 10:30am
Peace is a Human Right: People Power in the 21st Century
--Michael Beer: Executive Director, Nonviolence International

--Daryn Cambridge: Director, Knowledge & Digital Strategies International Center on Nonviolent Conflict

10:30am - 12:00pm
America’s Foreign Policy Rooted in Peace, Human Rights & Rule of Law: A New Direction from End of Empire to Era of Multilateral Engagement for Democracy
--Kevin Martin: Executive Director, Peace Action

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Keynote Address

Human Rights in Asia

The Uyghur Movement for Realization of Human Rights

7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival: "Fever: Indigenous Peoples & Climate Change"

1:30pm - 3:00pm
ONE: A Citizen’s Movement for an Ethical Foreign Policy
--Erin Finucane: One Campaign
--Matt Higginson: One Campaign
--Michael Fazzino: One Campaign

3:00pm - 4:30pm
The United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change: The Challenges Facing Our Planet & Indigenous Peoples and Our Common Pursuit for 350
--Joshua Cooper: Director, INDIGENOUS, and Lecturer, University of Hawaii, Political Science

7th Annual Human Rights Film Festival: "People and Reindeer in a Changing Climate"

6-9 pm

Joining forces with the Eco/Justice Cafe, Firebird Inn, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW WDC 20008, B-Level. Food, music, tabling organizations, beer, etc!

Saturday, July 2nd
Excursion of Empowerment Around Washington D.C.

9:00am - 10:00am
The National Museum of the American Indian

10:00am - 11:00am
The National Archives
The Declaration of Independence
The U.S. Constitution
The U.S. Bill of Rights

11:00am - 12:00pm
Woodrow Wilson Center

The Holocaust Museum


Sponsors: Four Freedoms Forum, UDC International Human & Peoples' Rights Program, Hawaii Institute for Human Rights, Khmers Kampuchea Krom Federation and US Human Rights Network.

For more information please contact: or Click here to download a flier for the event.

UDC Eco/Justice Cafe: The program will culminate in a celebration on Friday evening as course participants and presenters join the UDC community at the monthly UDC Eco/Justice Café featuring live entertainment, tabling organizations, a presentation by Human Rights on the Hill course coordinator Joshua Cooper, PhD, and vegetarian food. The UDC Eco/Justice Café will be held in the Firebird Inn on the B-Level of UDC’s Building 38. Register here.

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