State of Rights

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

State“State of Rights” is a public diplomacy initiative that brings together experts and citizens for an interactive dialogue on global trends that affect both emerging powers and fledgling democracies. By using the Twitter hashtag #StateofRights, online audiences can join the discussion and debate on policies of global importance and engage government and policy leaders during regularly scheduled online conversations as well as continue the conversation online after each event. Each event in the series will be translated into global languages and archived to allow civil society organizations and others to easily download the discussions and share through local networks.



Citizen Activism: Building Coalitions for Human Rights – 9/9/14

To mark the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and the subsequent passage of civil rights legislation in the United States, the U.S. Department of State and the Newseum presented “Citizen Activism: Building Coalitions for Civil Rights,” a discussion of how people and organizations came together to push for legislative changes and subsequently shaped the future of the United States.‎

Learn more about this event:

http://www.humanrights.gov/2014/09/03/citizen-activism-building-coalitions-for-civil-rights/ or ask questions for the panelists via Twitter.

Government for the People: Combatting Corruption – 9/3/14

The event covered issues of governance and corruption. The panel was moderated by Nathaniel Heller, Executive Director at Global Integrity. Panelists included Tom Malinowski, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor at the U.S. Department of State (@Malinowski) and Shruti Shah, Senior Policy Director on Law & Regulation at Transparency International USA (@TransparencyUSA).

Learn more about this event and find resources on combatting corruption: http://www.humanrights.gov/2014/08/29/government-for-the-people-combatting-corruption/

Reality Check: An Examination of Anti-Semitism in 2014 – 6/26/14

The event covered the current trends in Anti-Semitism. The panel was moderated by Rabbi James E. Ponet, Lecturer in Law at Yale Law School and the Howard M. Holtzmann Jewish Chaplain at Yale. Panelists included Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism Ira Forman (@SEASForman) and Roya Hakakian, a fellow at Yale University’s Whitney Humanities Center and a founding member of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center.

Read the transcript — available in multiple languages — or watch the video from this event: http://www.humanrights.gov/2014/06/26/state-of-rights-reality-check-an-examination-of-anti-semitism-in-2014/

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