Human Rights Defenders on the Front Lines of Freedom

June 08, 2005 // 2:00pm3:30pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
Project on Leadership and Building State Capacity
Africa Program
Latin American Program
Middle East Program

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This event is cosponsored by the Carter Center and Human Rights First.

Even as the promotion of democracy and the rule of law receive increased attention from both the Bush administration and Congress, those on the front lines of defending human rights and civil liberties often face heightened challenges in their home countries.

Human rights defenders are especially well suited to address how advancing human rights and democracy contributes to, rather than undermines, effective counter-terrorism policies. Prominent human rights defenders from Russia, Uzbekistan, Colombia, and Egypt will address the human rights consequences of the fight against terrorism and the principal challenges they face in each of their countries.

Among the key issues to be addressed are the following:

  • New opportunities and innovative models of collaboration to advance the promotion of human rights and democracy;
  • The impact of the "war on terror" on civil liberties and on the protection of human rights defenders;
  • The causes and effects of crackdowns on human rights organizations and other activist groups, including recent examples in Uzbekistan and Zimbabwe;
  • Means of developing and advancing specific recommendations to enhance the protection of human rights defenders while combating extremists opposed to human rights and the rule of law.

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