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Democracy and Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights

Mrs. Eleonora Cercavschi, a human rights activist and the 2008 recipient of the Ion Ratiu Democracy Award, will speak on Democracy and Freedom as Fundamental Human Rights. The Honorable Paula J. Dobriansky, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, and Samuel Donaldson, Chairman of the Wilson Council, and will provide introductory remarks.

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Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: Implications for U.S. Policy

The Kennan Institute and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation sponsored a one-day seminar on 3 May 2011 to explore the role of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) on the development of the rule of law in Russia.

Human Rights Defenders on the Front Lines of Freedom

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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 and Environmental Activism in Russia: Lessons from the Past and Challenges for the Future

At a recent Kennan Institute talk, Ivan Pavlov, Director of the Bellona Environmental Human Rights Center in St. Petersburg and Galina Starovoitova Fellow on Human Rights and Conflict Resolution at the Kennan Institute, described the state of the human rights and environmental movements in Russia today. Pavlov warned that these movements are in a state of crisis. In order to survive this crisis, organizations must improve their professional capacity and overcome internal divisions to overcome the obstacles posed by a hostile government and an indifferent population.

Previewing the OAS General Assembly: Citizen Security in the Americas

The Hon. José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General, Organization of American States; Adam Blackwell, Chief of Multidimensional Security, Organization of American States; Francisco Lloreda, Presidential Counselor for Citizen Security, Colombia; Aminta Granera, Chief of the National Police, Nicaragua (invited); Lynne Anne Williams, CARICOM Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS)

A Discussion with His Excellency Angelino Garzón, Vice President of the Republic of Colombia

On January 26, 2011, Vice President of Colombia Angelino Garzón spoke at the Wilson Center in an event co-sponsored with the Brookings Institution, the Inter-American Dialogue, the United States Institute of Peace, and the Council of the Americas.

A New Approach to Social Policy: Measuring Access to Opportunity

Ten of the fifteen most income-unequal countries of the world are based in the Western hemisphere; indeed, by some measures, nearly all Latin American countries suffer from greater income inequality that those of Sub-Saharan Africa. On September 30, 2011, Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, opened a discussion on how to reduce that inequality.

Challenges for Latin American Police Forces: The Complex and Changing Environment

The Latin America Program held a seminar that included a panel of experts from the region discussing the challenges of police reform throughout Latin America.

Crime and Violence in Central America: A Human Development Approach

Fifteen years following democratic transitions and the end of civil conflicts, Central America is experiencing more violence than ever.

Common Crime and Organized Crime in Latin American Cities: Commonalities and Differences

The Latin American Program held the conference, "Common Crime and Organized Crime in Latin American Cities: Commonalities and Differences," on May 19, 2010, to deepen the understanding of the connection between existing levels of delincuencia, or common crime, and the growing presence of organized crime in the region.