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Apr 30

U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18: Respect for Religions or Anti-Freedom of Expression?

Co-hosted by Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia (CDHR), and American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD)

U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18 was negotiated between the Obama Administration and Egypt, a prominent member of the Saudi-championed Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). Resolution 16/18 was purportedly a compromise between advocates of a resolution condemning “defamation of religions” and those who were concerned that such a resolution would threaten freedoms of expression and religion. The Council adopted Resolution 16/18 in March 2011.

Please join us as the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia and The Heritage Foundation host a group of well-informed defenders of freedom of expression and religion to shed light on the potential ramifications of Resolution 16/18 and what should be done about them.

More About the Speakers

Opening Remarks by
Ali Alyami
Director of the Center for Democracy and Human Rights in Saudi Arabia

Followed by a Panel Featuring
Dr. Tawfik Hamid
Senior Fellow and Director of Islamic Radicalization, Potomac Institute

Jack Pearce
Former White House and Justice Department official and advisor to U.S. AID

Deborah Weiss
Attorney and Policy Analyst, Vigilance, Inc., vigilancenow.org

Sam Nunberg
Director, The Legal Project, The Middle East Forum

Moderated by
Clare Lopez
Senior Fellow at Center for Security Policy