61st Annual DPI/NGO Conference
Paris, 3 - 5 Septembre 2008

Live Webcast

September 2008

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Thursday, 4 September 2008

10:00 - 11:30 - Round Table 2: Overcoming Discrimination to Realize Human Rights and Dignity for All

Round table 2"Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, color, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status." (Art.2, Universal Declaration of Human Rights).

[ Segment - English Video ] [ Segment - French Video ] 1 hour and 15 minutes

[ Press release in English ] [ Press release in French ]

People are discriminated against for various reasons including race, color, descent, national or ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, language, religion, political opinion, social origin, property, disability, birth or any other status. Factors such as violence, impunity, social exclusion and extreme poverty exacerbate the vulnerability of discriminated groups. Human rights treaties and instruments have affirmed the principles of equality and non-discrimination and require that states and non-state actors take affirmative action. However, in practice, many countries continue to allow discrimination. The aim of the rights-based approach to discrimination is to ensure the active participation of discriminated persons, and to empower them and make them actors of change. Recognizing the success of many discriminated groups in claiming their rights and becoming empowered agents of change, this roundtable will highlight their efforts, in particular the actions they have taken through the UN human rights mechanisms. Panelists will also identify strategies for fostering global ethics by forming partnerships across sectors.

Gillian SorensenModerator:

Gillian Sorensen, Senior Advisor, UN Foundation

[ English ] [ French ] 6 minutes

Speakers:Eugen Brand

Eugen Brand, Director General, International Movement ATD Fourth World

[ English ] [ French ] 14 minutes

Dan PescodDan Pescod, European and International Campaigns Manager, Royal National Institute of Blind People

[ English ] [ French ] 10 minutes

Madina QuerreMadina Querre, Social Anthropologist

[ English ] [ French ] 11 minutes

Dr. René StockmanDr. René Stockman, Superior General of the Congregation of Brothers of Charity

[ English ] [ French ] 9 minutes

Additional comments, questions from the floor and wrap-up:

[ English ] [ French ] 26 minutes

15:00 - 16:15 - Round Table 3: Human Rights and Human Security

Round table 3"Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world?" (Preamble, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)

[ Segment - English Video ] [ Segment - French Video ] 1 hour and 19 minutes

[ Press release in English ] [ Press release in French ]

Security of the individual is a basic human right and the protection of individuals is, therefore, a fundamental obligation of Government. However, in recent years, despite global economic turmoil, diminished food security, and increases in natural disasters, military and intelligence expenditures often outweigh funds directed to education, healthcare and other human rights and humanitarian needs. In addition, the measures adopted by States to counter terrorism have themselves often posed serious challenges to human rights, good governance and the rule of law. Independence of the judiciary has been undermined, and repressive measures have been used to stifle the voices of human rights defenders, journalists, minorities and other members of civil society. This round-table will analyze the impact of the enforcement of security measures on the enjoyment of human rights and the challenges of finding the balance between liberty and security. Panelists will also discuss the importance of implementing Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace, and Security in order to achieve these goals.

Moderator: Joanna Weschler

Joanna Weschler, Director of Research, Security Council Report

[ English ] [ French ] 4 minutes


Theo van BovenTheo van Boven, former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture

[ English ] [ French ] 11 minutes

Joanne MarinerJoanne Mariner, Director, Terrorism and Counterterrorism Program, Human Rights Watch

[ English ] [ French ] 6 minutes

Daniel BekeleDaniel Bekele, Head of Policy Research and Advocacy, Action Aid Ethiopia

[ English ] [ French ] 9 minutes

Netsanet DemissieNetsanet Demissie, Co-founder, Organization for Social Justice Ethiopia

[ English ] [ French ] 8 minutes

Additional comments, questions from the floor and wrap-up:

[ English ] [ French ] 30 minutes

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