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Agenda of the 2005 Human Rights Defenders Conference

Human Rights Defenders on the Frontlines of Freedom:
Advancing Security and the Rule of Law

A conference in Atlanta, GA, June 6-7, 2005
Co-Sponsored by The Carter Center and Human Rights First

All events are open to the media and are located in The Carter Center Chapel unless otherwise indicated.

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2005

11:30 - 12:15 Welcome to the Carter Center and Introduction of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter: Ashley Barr

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Louise Arbour: Toward a Larger Freedom--the centrality of human rights in U.N. reform

U.N. Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders Hina Jilani: Democracy in Detail--the role of defenders in protecting human rights in the law and in practice

12:15 - 1:00 No Security Without Rights: New Challenges for the Human Rights Movement. Moderated by Karin Ryan

Featured Speakers:
Saad Eddin Ibrahim, Ibn Khaldoun Center for Development Studies, Egypt
Nozima Kamalova, Legal Aid Society of Uzbekistan
Gustavo Gallon, Director, Colombian Commission of Jurists

1:00 - 1:15 GROUP PHOTO
Location: Stairs Down

1:15 - 2:00 SEATED LUNCH
Location: Chapel Lobby

2:15 - 3:45 Featured Speakers:
Betty Murungi, Director, Urgent Action Fund-Africa, Kenya
Poengky Indarti, Imparsial, Indonesia

3:45 - 4:00 BREAK

4:00 - 5:30 Human Rights and Policymaking: Maximizing Impact
Harold Koh, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights, Democracy and Labor (1997-2001)
Jorge Santistevan, former Ombudsman, Peru

John Prendergast, Director, African Affairs, U.S. National Security Council (1996-1999)
Gay McDougall, Executive Director, Global Rights
DISCUSSION: moderated by Peggy Hicks, Advocacy Director, HRW


9:00-9:15 Neil Hicks and Karin Ryan: Summary of Day 1 Issues and Goals

9:15 - 10:30 Michael Posner, Executive Director of Human Rights First: Putting Human Rights First in the Face of Insecurity
Discussants: Hina Jilani and Robert Archer, International Center for Human Rights Policy

DISCUSSION: Moderated by President Carter and Neil Hicks

10: 30 - 10:45 BREAK
Location: Chapel Lobby

10:45 - 11:30 Implications for United Nations Reform: goals and strategies
DISCUSSION: Moderated by Louise Arbour

11:30 - 12:15 CLOSING DISCUSSION: Moderated by President Carter and Louise Arbour

12:30-1:30 SEATED LUNCH
Location: Chapel Lobby

Location: Cyprus Room

2:45 BUSES DEPART from Carter Center Chapel to hotel and airport

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