Upcoming Human Rights Day Events

Human Rights Day recognizes the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly. The Declaration outlines the inalienable rights of all people and has since served as the benchmark for the extension and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms.  Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the drafting committee, which included members from Lebanon, USSR, China, France, Australia, Chile, Canada, and the United Kingdom. December 10, 2011 is the 63rd anniversary of the Universal Declaration.

The following are events surrounding Human Rights Day 2011.


“Lives Worth Living”

In recognition of the United Nations International Day of Persons with Disabilities and Human Rights Day, Special Advisor for International Disability Rights Judy Heumann hosts a screening and panel discussion of “Lives Worth Living,” a powerful documentary about the U.S. disability rights movement.

Secretary Clinton’s Human Rights Address

In recognition of International Human Rights Day, Secretary Clinton delivers a human rights policy speech hosted by the U.S. Mission to the United Nations in Geneva at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. The speech will be live-streamed at 12:00PM (EST) and available through the CO.NX Portal: http://conx.state.gov/digital-diplomacy/ and www.HumanRights.gov.

LGBT Issues in the Caribbean Region

Join Western Hemisphere Affairs Senior Advisor Paula Uribe and human rights experts to discuss Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) issues in the Caribbean. Paula Uribe, Charles Radcliffe, Victor Madrigal, and Josh King will share their insights and answer your questions on this important topic. The live-stream starts at 11:00AM (EST) at https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/wha

Secretary Clinton’s Internet Freedom Address

Secretary Clinton delivers a keynote address as part of the Internet freedom ministerial hosted by the Netherlands in The Hague. Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal will introduce the Secretary, and Google CEO Eric Schmidt will also offer remarks at the event. The speech will be live-streamed at 12:30PM (EST) and available through: www.humanrights.gov

2011: A Banner Year for Human Rights?

Join the State Department and George Washington University Law School for a conversation on human rights developments in 2011 with Assistant Secretary Michael Posner, Legal Advisor Harold Koh, Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and GW Law Professor Ralph Steinhardt at 2:30PM in the Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom, GW Law School, 2000 H Street, NW.

Labor Rights: A Path to Durable Democracy

Join Special Representative for International Labor Affairs Barbara Shailor and the Executive Director of the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center, Shawna Bader-Blau, for a conversation on the role of labor rights, decent work and freedom of association in ensuring the development of durable democracies. The event will be live-streamed at 8:00AM (EST) and available through the CO.NX Portal: https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/hr

Supporting Front Line Human Rights Advocates

Join Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Baer, Doug Rutzen of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and Brian Dooley of Human Rights First for a discussion about supporting human rights defenders and civil society. The event will be live-streamed at 8:00AM (EST) and available through the CO.NX Portal: https://statedept.connectsolutions.com/hr

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