State of Rights

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor

“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.

State of Rights Events


Government for the People: Combatting Corruption – September 3, 2014 at 10 a.m. EDT
What is the cost of corruption on our values, our prosperity, and our security? Corruption tramples the aspirations of citizens, weakens judicial independence and the rights of civil society organizations, and hurts local and international businesses. And, in many countries, corruption and poor human rights practices are intertwined.

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


Reality Check: An Examination of Anti-Semitism in 2014 – June 26, 2014

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 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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