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.
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