Between Terror and Repression: The Role of Human Rights in the Struggle against Extremist Violence

Between Terror and Repression: The Role of Human Rights in the Struggle against Extremist Violence

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:00am

Freedom House
1850 M Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036

A light breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. 

Please join us for a discussion on how support for international human rights policies and programs can play a role in countering violent extremism. Extremist ideologies used to justify violence and terror explicitly reject the values that lie at the heart of the international human rights system.

Around the world, violent extremist groups attempt to curtail free expression, religious liberty, gender equality, and other fundamental rights. At the same time, some governments have cited the global struggle against extremist violence to justify actions against political opposition, increasing abuse by security forces, and curtailing civil liberties of their citizens, which ultimately undermines democratic values and principles.

Remarks by
Shamil Idriss
President & Chief Executive Officer
Search for Common Ground

Discussion with
Linda Bishai 
Director of Research, Learning, and Evaluation
American Bar Association - Rule of Law Initiative 

Shannon Green
Director and Senior Fellow
Human Rights Initiative, CSIS

Marjorie Rouse
Senior Vice President for Programs

Bobby Herman
Vice President for International Programs, Emergency Assistance, and Multilateral Initiatives
Freedom House


Freedom House, the American Bar Association, Pact, Internews, and Search for Common Ground formed the “Protecting Global Rights through Sustainable Solutions” Consortium (PROGRESS) to implement USAID’s Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG) Strategy, namely objective #3: Protect and promote universally recognized human rights, through the Human Rights Support Mechanism (HRSM). This event is part of the HRSM Learning Forum, a series of discussions on specific issues in the field of democracy, human rights, and governance. This event was made possible with the generous support of the American People through USAID. The contents are the responsibility of PROGRESS and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.

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