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International Human Rights Day Events at the State Department

Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 9, 2011



The State Department is hosting a series of events in recognition of International Human Rights Day 2011. The events this year are accessible online through the CO.NX portal and the Department’s many social media platforms. Follow @StateDept, @State_DRL and @CONX for the latest human rights day information.

On Monday, December 12, the State Department and George Washington University Law School will host “2011: A Banner Year for Human Rights?” Join Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner, Legal Advisor Harold Koh, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer and George Washington University Law Professor Ralph Steinhardt for a conversation on human rights developments in 2011 at 2:30 pm in the Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom, GW Law School, 2000 H Street, NW. Follow the conversation on Twitter under the hashtag: #HumanRightsGov.

On Tuesday, December 13, Special Representative for International Labor Affairs Barbara Shailor will host “Labor Rights: A Path to Durable Democracy.” Join the conversation online for a discussion about the role of labor rights, decent work and freedom of association in ensuring the development of durable democracies. The event will be live-streamed at 8:00 am (EST) and available through the CO.NX Portal:

On Thursday, December 15, the Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor will host “Supporting Front Line Human Rights Advocates.” Join Deputy Assistant Secretary Daniel Baer, Doug Rutzen of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, and Brian Dooley of Human Rights First for a discussion about supporting human rights defenders and civil society. The event will be live-streamed at 8:00 am (EST) and available through the CO.NX Portal:






PRN: 2011/2106

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