NYC EVENT: “Negotiating Human Rights in the Afghan Context,” Open Society Institute, Thu Feb 28, 2008 @ 6pm


The Open Society Institute’s Middle East/North Africa Initiative invites you to:
NEGOTIATING HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE AFGHAN CONTEXT

Human rights advocates in Afghanistan must navigate a careful balance when promoting global human rights standards in a conservative Muslim society recovering from decades of conflict and extremism. Those charged with protecting human rights in Afghanistan must work in a context where Taliban and militia forces are resurgent, a powerful constituency of hardline conservatives support strict and narrow interpretations of Islamic law, and American-led forces continue to resist the application of international legal standards to their own detainees. A local court’s recent decision to levy the death penalty against a journalist accused of blasphemy further highlights the challenges of implementing human rights in Afghanistan today.

Featuring
NADER NADERY
FARID HAMIDI
And an additional speaker to be announced

Moderated by ARYEH NEIER

Nader Nadery is a lawyer, political analyst and social activist. Before being appointed as a member of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission, he worked with the International Human Rights Law Group and served as a spokesman for the Emergency Loya Jirga. He is also a prominent leader in Afghan civil society and served as a representative to the Bonn peace talks. He is the recipient of several human rights awards, including the Reebok Human Rights Award.

Mohammad Farid Hamidi is a member of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission. A well-known lawyer with extensive experience on criminology and investigation, he also served as a member of the Emergency Loya Jirga, where he was responsible for developing rules and regulation for election. He has worked closely with the Judicial Reform Commission in the training of Afghan lawyers and judges on international human rights law and standards.

Aryeh Neier is President of the Open Society Institute. Prior to joining OSI, he served for 12 years as Executive Director of Human Rights Watch. He also spent 15 years at the American Civil Liberties Union, including 8 years as national Executive Director. Neier has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York University for more than a dozen years, and is the author of six books and numerous articles on human rights.

Open Society Institute, 400 West 59th Street* * *

Thursday, February 28th, 6:00-8:00pm

Open Society Institute
400 West 59th Street
New York, NY 10019
Conference Room 3AB

Refreshments will be served

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