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New Speakers Announced

Keep Your Calendars Clear for 9-10 June

Association for Baha'i Studies' Human Rights Conference 2000

A conference exploring current and future progress in creating a world in which the human rights of every individual will be protected.

Dr Elizabeth Evatt, Former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia and current member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee

Dr Melinda Jones, Director of the Australian Human Rights Centre, University of New South Wales

Mr Andre Frankovits, Executive Director, Human Rights Council of Australia

Registration now available: see below - or access the form via the Association for Baha'i Studies web site

Keynote Speaker: Sir Ronald Wilson, former Justice of the High Court of Australia and the former President of the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission.

Other Speakers:

Ms Layli Bashir Miller, Baha'i lawyer and women's rights worker based in the US - her work recently subject of a book "Do They Hear You When You Cry" by Fauziya Kassindya. Ms Kassindya fled female genital mutilation in Africa. Ms Miller, through the Tahirih Justice Centre helped her gain asylum in the US.

Theme: Article 28 Of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

"Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realised."

The conference will seek to make a distinctive exploration of this right which has been little addressed in the fifty years since its adaptation, despite its profound implications for the ordering of society.

Topics for discussion include:

the international legal order
the development of the international human rights system
the fostering of an international culture of human rights

9 - 10 June 2000, Canberra

For further information contact Michael Curtotti at

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