U.S. Leadership on Democracy and Human Rights at the United Nations Human Rights Council | Freedom House

U.S. Leadership on Democracy and Human Rights at the United Nations Human Rights Council

Thursday, April 14, 2011 - 10:00am

Congressional Meeting Room South
(In the CVC)

Featuring voices from the Ground: Iran and Burma
Congressman Russ Carnahan
On Thursday April 14, Freedom House, the Democracy Coalition Project, and the Open Society Foundations convened a briefing on the importance of U.S. engagement at the UN Human Rights Council. At the briefing, leading human rights defenders from Burma and Iran and current and former ambassadors to the Human Rights Council discussed the capacity of the HRC to address crisis situations as well as chronic human rights violations worldwide. 
The panel addressed recent HRC accomplishments and remaining challenges, including the appointment of a special rapporteur on human rights in Iran and the possibility of establishing a Commission of Inquiry on international crimes in Burma. Speakers also discussed the ways in which U.S. engagement and leadership have helped the HRC more effectively realize its mandate to protect and promote human rights.  To review the specific comments of each panelist, please click on the link below their name.
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Eileen Donahoe, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council
Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director, International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran
Dr. Thaung Htun, Representative for UN Affairs, National Coalition Government of the Union of Burma
Carlos Portales, former Chilean Ambassador to Geneva and Director, Program on
International Organizations, Law and Diplomacy, Washington College of Law, American University
Moderator:  Paula Schriefer, Advocacy Director, Freedom House
Opening and Closing Remarks: Dokhi Fassihian, Executive Director, Democracy Coalition Project

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