The Carter Center participates in hosting Human Rights Defenders Policy Forums, which bring together human rights activists from a number of countries. President and Mrs. Carter, the U. N. high commissioner for human rights, and the special representative on human rights defenders have keynoted these conferences.
The next forum will be held at the Center on June 18-21 to discuss ways to end violence in all its forms: "A Time for Peace: "Rejecting Violence to Secure Human Rights."
Among the themes of this year's forum are the economics of peace, unlearning violence, and nonviolent approaches to security and law enforcement. Learn more >
Religious leaders, scholars, and activists from several continents participated in a human rights forum at The Carter Center in June 2013 to explore the role that religious leaders can play in ending gender-based violations of human rights.
Courageous and effective activists for the rights of others often face great risks in countries where basic human rights are still ignored. Many are ordinary people — lawyers, policy-makers, or staff of nongovernmental organizations.
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