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Celebrating the Growing 'Healthcare Is a Human Right' Movement
On Human Rights Day we celebrate the growing movement for health care as a public good and human right. Join us, along with Laura Flanders, Founder and Host GRITtv.org, for a dialogue about innovative campaigns to go beyond Obamacare, pioneered in Vermont and now taken up in Maryland, Maine, and Pennsylvania.
We will honor one of the movement’s most inspiring human rights leaders, the late Peg Franzen, former president of the Vermont Workers' Center, who exemplifies the power of people to effect change. The Healthcare Is a Human Right Campaign made Vermont the first state in the country to pass a law for a universal, publicly financed health care system. We will be joined by representatives from the Healthcare Is a Human Right campaigns in Maine, Maryland, Pennsylvania and Vermont, which collectively form the vanguard of a new human rights movement for universal health care.
Reception begins at 7pm. Program will include a roundtable discussion moderated by Laura Flanders, music, tribute videos, and more.
When: December 10th, 2013 7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Location: Church Center for the United Nations
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
For more information, please visit: http://www.nesri.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=19
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Speakers: Leitner Center Summer Fellows
How can you get a head start in the field of human rights? The Leitner Center Summer Fellows program provides students the opportunity to gain practical work experience in domestic and international human rights. Past fellows have worked in government offices, NGOs, and nonprofits in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, South America, Europe, and the United States. The 2013 Summer Fellows will discuss their placements in Kenya, New York, Cambodia, and South Africa, as well as opportunities for current students. Kosher pizza will be served.
Conference: Global Rights and Local Challenges: Disability, Inclusive Education, and Rural Environments
The Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School is pleased to present “Global Rights and Local Challenges,” a comparative symposium on disability rights. A component of the Leitner Center’s Crowley Program in International Human Rights, which this year focused on disability rights in Rwanda, Global Rights and Local Challenges will highlight the backdrops of rural poverty and educational underdevelopment as barriers to inclusion and to education for persons with disabilities.
Global Rights and Local Challenges aims to connect scholars, stakeholders, and advocates in the field of disability rights and to create fruitful discussion about the unique obstacles that confront persons with disabilities in Rwanda and worldwide. By connecting academic and advocacy communities—and by attracting an audience that is new to the area of disability rights—we hope to inspire unique solutions and engaging debate about the next steps in addressing the social and economic barriers at focus in this event.
Two interdisciplinary panels will serve as cornerstones of this symposium; both will explore the disability and poverty nexus, wherein disability and poverty lead to and accentuate each other in a pernicious cycle. Panelists will use case studies from the United States and around the world to describe how rural environments and the need for overall educational development can hinder inclusive education for persons with disabilities. In addition, a student photography exhibit will illustrate the social and economic obstacles that define disability in Rwanda and internationally. Finally, the award-winning documentary In The Shadow of the Sun will further illuminate the social stigma that persons with disabilities face. Taking the perspective of two individuals with albinism, it will demonstrate the role of social and economic barriers in separating them from education and their communities in Tanzania.
This symposium is open to scholars, practitioners and the public.
Participants will include, among others:
Shantha Rau Barriga, Disability Rights Program Director, Human Rights Watch
Madame Jeanne d'Arc Byaje, Deputy Permanent Representative of the Government of Rwanda to the United Nations
Musola Catherine Kaseketi, Founder/Filmmaker, Vilole Images Productions
Anne Kelsey, Fellowship Attorney, Disability Rights Advocates
Dr. Sophie Mitra, Fordham University Department of Economics
Richard Mukaga, Program Manager, Cheshire Services Uganda
3 CLE credits will be available free of charge to lawyers working in the non-profit and public interest sectors. All other lawyers will be required to pay $200 to receive CLE credit. Fordham Law School alumni may pay a discounted rate of $100. Please contact organizers for details and to arrange payment.
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In the Shadow of the Sun Trailer:
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Speaker: Innokenty (Kes) Grekov, Program Associate at Human Rights First
In June 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law the now famous “homosexual propaganda” bill. It quickly attracted the attention of the international community, with concerns that it would be used against foreign athletes during the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Kes Grekov, a Program Associate in the Fighting Discrimination Program at Human Rights First, will discuss this new law, its impact on the LGBT community in Russia, and what advocacy is being done to combat it.
Photos courtesy of Human Rights First
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Speaker: Chris Rogers, Program Officer for the Regional Policy Initiative on Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Open Society Foundations
With the U.S. drawdown underway in Afghanistan, ongoing conflict and terrorism in Pakistan, and prospective peace talks between the U.S., Afghanistan, Pakistan, and the Taliban, this region is entering a critical moment that will have major implications for human rights in the years to come. Chris Rogers, a program officer for the Regional Policy Initiative on Afghanistan and Pakistan at the Open Society Foundations, will discuss human rights concerns related to conflict and counter-terrorism operations, specifically focusing on U.S. drone strikes, conflict-related detention, torture, and forced disappearances in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He'll also discuss the practical documentation and advocacy challenges facing human rights organizations working on these issues.
Mr. Rogers graduated from Harvard Law School in 2009, where he worked with the UNHCR in Jordan on Iraqi refugee protection and the Palestinian Center for Human Rights in Gaza. He has also worked in Pakistan with the Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict (CIVIC); with Human Rights Watch on the negotiation of the Convention on Cluster Munitions; and with the International Center for Transitional Justice in Namibia through the Harvard Human Rights Program.
Kosher pizza will be served.
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Speaker: Rita Izsak, UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues
Many human rights violations have a basis in discrimination, racism, and exclusion on the grounds of the ethnic, religious, national, or racial characteristics of the victim group. Rita Izsák, the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues, will discuss the UN Declaration on the Rights of Minorities, challenges in its implementation, and the most alarming human rights violations committed against minorities today.
Ms. Rita Izsák (Hungary) was appointed as Independent Expert on minority issues by the Human Rights Council and assumed her functions on 1st August 2011. She is the second holder of the mandate of Independent Expert, she is independent from any government or organization and serves in her individual capacity. Rita Izsák holds a Masters in Law diploma from the Péter Pázmány Catholic University, Budapest, Hungary. Inspired by her own experiences of prejudice and discrimination - her father's family was forcibly moved under post-war population transfers from Czechoslovakia (present day Slovakia) to Hungary due to their Hungarian ethnicity in 1947 and her mother is of Romani origin - she has been working on human and minority rights for a decade. She started her career in the Budapest-based European Roma Rights Center and later became a Consultant with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Open Society Institute, the Roma Education Fund, and the Association for Women's Rights in Development. She completed field missions in Somaliland/Somalia where she worked with the Somaliland National Youth Organization (seconded by the London-based Progressio) and gave human rights lectures in Hargeisa Law University. Afterwards, she moved to Srebrenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina, to join the Organisation of Security and Co-operation in Europe as a Human Rights Officer. She was the Chief of Staff of the Social Inclusion State Secretariat of the Hungarian Ministry of Justice and Public Administration and was responsible for several key priorities under Hungary's EU Presidency, including the establishment of the European Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies. Between 2011 and spring 2013, Ms Izsák was the President and CEO of the Tom Lantos Institute (TLI) based in Budapest, Hungary, a research institute and think-tank with a particular focus on human rights and minority rights.
Join hundreds of members of the international legal community at the annual International Law Weekend (ILW) conference, October 24-26, 2013, in New York City. The theme of ILW 2013 is 'Internationalization of Law and Legal Practice”. More than 40 expert panels will explore the mechanisms of change in international law. Panels will focus on key regions undergoing particularly dramatic change, and subject matter areas undergoing rapid change, such as tariffs and trade, human rights, immigration, labor, public health, sustainable development and the environment.
Register Now for ILW 2013
ILW begins Thursday evening, October 24, with a distinguished opening panel at the House of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, 42 W. 44th Street, New York, NY. A reception will follow and is open to all conference attendees.
The conference continues Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at Fordham University School of Law, 140 West 62nd Street, New York, NY. Friday’s activities feature a keynote address at Fordham University School of Law.
For ILW 2013, a number of panels have been designated for mandatory continuing legal education credit (MCLE). The American Society of International Law is seeking accreditation for a maximum of 12 MCLE credits for the selected panels at ILW 2013 with Pennsylvania and Virginia. An attorney may also count Pennsylvania and Virginia approved credits towards her or her New York CLE requirement credit through the Approved Jurisdiction policy without notifying the New York CLE Board.
Attendance at ILW is free for members of ABILA, ILSA, and other co-sponsoring organizations, as well as employees of the United Nations and students. For all others, there is a fee of $175.
View the ILW 2013 Program *please note this program is subject to change