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Key Trends and Challenges of Freedom Of Expression on the Internet

October 14, 2011


The Leo Nevas Human Rights Program of the United Nations Association-USA,

co-sponsored by UNA Southern NYS Division and Council of Organizations 

 invites you to a discussion with

Frank La Rue

UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

With introductory remarks by

Felice Gaer

Chair of the Leo Nevas Human Rights Task Force

 Tuesday, October 18, 6:00 p.m.
Foundation for the Global Compact
801 Second Avenue, Second  Floor
New York, NY 10017

RSVP to Roger Nokes at  Or at 212-907-1359

  Space is limited 

Frank La Rue is the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, a position he has held since 2008. His most recent report, which he will be discussing at the General Assembly this week, establishes that access to the Internet is a human right and explores the key trends and challenges of freedom of expression on the Internet. Mr. La Rue has worked on human rights for the past 25 years. He is the founder of the Center for Legal Action for Human Rights (CALDH), both in Washington DC and Guatemala, which became the first Guatemalan NGO to bring cases of human rights violations to the Inter-American System. Mr. La Rue also brought the first genocide case against the military dictatorship in Guatemala. As a human rights activist, his name was presented to the Nobel Peace Prize committee in 2004. He has previously served as a Presidential Commissioner for Human Rights in Guatemala, as a Human Rights Adviser to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala, as President of the Governing Board of the Centro-American Institute of Social Democracy Studies and as a consultant to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mr. La Rue holds a B.A. in Legal and Social Sciences from the University of San Carlos, Guatemala and a postgraduate degree in U.S. foreign policy from Johns Hopkins University.

Felice Gaer is director of the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights. Since 2001, she has been chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a federal commission advising the president and secretary of state on U.S. policy to advance freedom of religion around the world. Ms. Gaer was a member of nine U.S. delegations to UN human rights negotiations, including the UN Commission on Human Rights and the World Conference on Women (1995.) She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the steering committee of Human Rights Watch/Europe and Central Asia. She also a board member of the Andrei Sakharov Foundation; the Eleanor Roosevelt Center; the Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute; and the International League for Human Rights, of which she is vice president, and is a member of the Carter Center’s International Human Rights Council. Gaer earned her bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Wellesley College and master of arts and philosophy degrees in political science from Columbia University. Previously she served as Executive Director for European Programs at UNA-USA, as Executive Director of the International League for Human Rights, and on the Atlantic Council’s advisory panel on human rights and ethnic conflict.

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