Issue 522

Celebrating Equality on Martin Luther King Jr. Day


UN Watch founder Morris B. Abram with Rev. Martin Luther King
and other fellow civil rights activists, Washington, DC, November 17, 1965. Veteran leader A. Philip Randolph launched the White House Conference on Civil Rights with a call for a “Freedom Budget” to wipe out black ghettos in U.S. cities. Here at the start of the conference are (Left to Right): Morris Abram, Co-Chairman of the conference; Dr. King; Randolph; John Lewis, head of the Students for Non-Violent Action; William T. Coleman, Co-Chair.

 

In tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, UN Watch invites you to listen to Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech from 1963 — one of the greatest speeches in history. Click here for video.

UN Watch founder Morris Abram worked closely with Dr. King in the civil rights struggle. To read Ambassador Abram’s story about growing up amid segregation, “A House Divided Can’t Stand,” click here.

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ANNOUNCING UN WATCH’S 2015 GENEVA SUMMIT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS


www.genevasummit.org

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Nigerian Girl Escaped from Boko Haram to Headline UN Watch’s 7th Annual Human Rights Summit

Also featuring: Leaders of protest movements and top dissidents from Iran, Ukraine, Turkey, China, Cuba, North Korea, and more

 

GENEVA, January 19, 2014 — The kidnapping of nearly 300 girls by Boko Haram in Nigeria will be spotlighted at the seat of the UN Human Rights Council, when one of the escaped students will speak out for the first time, joining top-name dissidents from Iran, North Korea, Turkey, Ukraine and China for the 7th annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy, on February 24, 2015.

The acclaimed annual conference is timed to take place in Geneva days before foreign ministers gather to open the 2015 UN Human Rights Council session, to be chaired this year by Germany.

“It’s a focal point for dissidents worldwide,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of the Geneva-based UN Watch, which for the seventh year in a row will be organizing the annual event together with a cross-regional coalition of 20 other human rights groups.

The global gathering is recognized as a one-stop opportunity to hear from and meet front-line human rights advocates, many of whom have personally suffered imprisonment and torture.

“The speakers’ compelling and vivid testimonies will be a call to action for the U.N. to address the most pressing human rights situations around the world,” said Neuer.

Subjects on the program will include: the escalating attacks on journalists, religious intolerance, and the persecution of human rights defenders.

 

Admission to this year’s February 24, 2015 summit is free and open to the public, but registration is mandatory. For accreditation, program and schedule information, visit www.genevasummit.org.

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