Renowned Human Rights Defender Discusses Challenges in Upholding Human Rights

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2011 Leo Nevas Human Rights Award Winner Makes First Presentation since Receiving Honor at United Nations Association of the USA Event

Dr. Asma Jahangir, frequently the target of threats for her work, is a renowned international human rights champion, as well as Pakistan’s most celebrated human rights lawyer. She is the recipient of the 2011 Leo Nevas Human Rights Award for her work as a UN Special Rapporteur. This award is given annually by the Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force to an individual who has worked to promote human rights around the world. Drawing on her extensive experience in the field of human rights, Dr. Jahangir will speak on the challenges she faced working as an international monitor and as an activist, pushing for domestic reforms and rule of law in Pakistan. Karen Woodin-Rodriguez will receive the 2011 Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Award at the event for her work raising awareness of the UN and human rights mechanisms.

WHAT:    Discussion on “Fighting the Odds to Uphold Human Rights: Domestic and International Challenges”
Presentation of 2011 Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Award

WHO:     Asma Jahangir, 2011 Leo Nevas Human Rights Award Winner
Karen Woodin-Rodriguez, 2011 Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Award Winner
Joanna Weschler, Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force (moderator)
Patrick Madden, UNA-USA Executive Director

WHEN:     November 9, 2011, 10:00-11:30 am ET

WHERE:     Grand Hyatt New York
Park Avenue at Grand Central
New York, NY 10017

Please RSVP to Joseph Catapano at jcatapano(at)unausa(dot)org.

MORE ON UNA-USA
The United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA), a program of the UN Foundation, is a membership organization dedicated to inform, inspire and mobilize the American people to support the principles and vital work of the United Nations. UNA-USA works to accomplish its mission through its national network of chapters, advocacy efforts, education programs, and public events. UNA-USA and the UN Foundation create the single largest network of advocates and supporters of the United Nations in the world. For more information on UNA-USA, visit http://www.unausa.org/.

MORE ON THE LEO NEVAS PROGRAM ON HUMAN RIGHTS
The Leo Nevas Program on Human Rights was established in 2007 in honor of UNA-USA’s longest-serving board member, Leo Nevas, an attorney and human rights advocate. The Leo Nevas Task Force on Human Rights is a team of citizens knowledgeable and vitally concerned about the role of the UN and the U.S. in protecting international human rights for all. Recipients of the Leo Nevas prize, awarded annually since 2007, have included Tom Lantos (presented posthumously), Sheryl WuDunn, Kati Marton, and Mr. Nevas himself. The Leo Nevas Human Rights Youth Advocate Award recognizes the work of a young person who has earned distinction for raising awareness of the UN and human rights mechanisms. For more information, visit http://www.unausa.org/policy/nevas.

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