Friday, March 18, 2011

Gathering human rights leaders

This weekend, Renny Cushing will be participating in the "Unimpeachable Voices Against the Death Penalty" panel at Amnesty International's Annual General Meeting in San Francisco. It's Amnesty's 50th Anniversary Annual General Meeting and the agenda is full of many different presentations and meetings covering a range of human rights issues.

From Amnesty's info about the event:

Fifty years ago, dignitaries from around the world gathered at the Fairmont Hotel to sign the UN Charter. The UN Charter explicitly refers to human rights seven times throughout the document and the preamble reads, “We the people of the United Nations, determined to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small.”

Today, Amnesty International returns to this historic site to gather activists, students and human rights leaders to reflect on the progress and impact Amnesty has made thus far. The significance of the environment in which we will gather over these three days, will help launch us into a discussion about how our efforts have championed human rights, as well as allow us to look towards the future and how we will shape the discourse and action of human rights for the next fifty years.

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