The Human Rights and Sri Lanka Conference

Friday, April 3, 2009 - 13:30 to 22:00

Human Rights and Sri Lanka Conference which is organized by the Canadian Human Rights Voice (CHRV).  CHRV is a not-for-profit, non-governmental, and independent organization committed to the protection and promotion of Human Rights. Conference will be held in downtown Toronto on April 3rd, 2009 at North York Civic Center from 8am to 5pm.
The conference will bring together officials and politicians of the federal and provincial governments, international human rights activists, Sri Lanka experts, NGO representatives, and a wide spectrum of private sector representatives to examine the importance of Civil and Political Rights as it relates to the Sri Lanka conflict.  The Conference will address several themes:  The Present Humanitarian Crisis, The Deterioration of Law and Order, The Rights of Women and Children, Media and Freedom, and Peace and Democracy in Sri Lanka. 

At the conference, the keynote speakers are the Hon. Bob Rae, MP (Canadian Loyal Opposition Foreign Affairs Critic), Hon. George Smitherman (Ontario Deputy Premier and Minister of Energy and Infrastructure), Ms. Barbara Hall (Chair of the Ontario Human Rights Commission) and other internationally acclaimed scholars on Human Rights and Sri Lanka.

Mr. John Argue – International Amnesty, Sri Lanka rep. – Open after 2:30 P.M

Hon. Paul Calandra – Conservative MP.

Katherine Borlongan - Directrice générale / Executive director - Reporters sans frontières Canada

Karen Parker - San Francisco based attorney, Humanitarian Law

Helen Kennedy - Executive director of the gay and lesbian group EAGLE

Prof. Robert Oberst – Professor of Political Science, Nebraska Wesleyan University

Dr. Ellyn Shander - Humanitarian worker, US
Pam McConnell - city councilor in Toronto

John Beaucage - Grand Council Chief

Justin Trudeau, Montreal Liberal MP

As a result of the urgency of the situation in Sri Lanka, the value of your participation is monumental and very much appreciated.

Please contact Dayana Yoganathan, Attendee Services Coordinator at 416-644-7287, or via email at [email protected] to indicate your availability for the Human Rights and Sri Lanka conference.

North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge Street
M2N 5V7 Toronto
43° 45' 59.8968" N, 79° 24' 44.0028" W

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