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Jan 22

Day One - Human Rights Hotspots: The Middle East, Asia, Russia, and Cuba

~A special two-day program focusing on human rights around the world~

2014 saw a variety of human rights crises occur all around the world. The background to these crises – politics, corruption, ethnic and religious strife, and outright war – are varied and complicated. Although the human rights aspects of these instabilities may no longer be on the front page of the news, most situations are unresolved and remain no less dire for the affected populations. Join us for one or all of our special presentations, over the course of two days, featuring noted experts focusing on “Human Rights Hotspots” around the world.

Day One – Thursday, January 22 – will examine the Middle East, Asia and Russia. A separate announcement will follow for
Day Two – Friday, January 23 – which will feature two separate discussions on the situation in Cuba.

Keynote Remarks (9:30-10:00 a.m.)
The Honorable Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
Chairman, House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa

The Middle East (10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.)
Samuel Tadros, Senior Fellow, Center for Religious Freedom, Hudson Institute
Rod Sanjabi, Executive Director, Iran Human Rights Documentation Center
James Phillips, Senior Research Fellow for Middle Eastern Affairs, The Heritage Foundation (Host)

Asia (11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.)
Suzanne Scholte, President, Defense Forum Foundation
Pastor Bob Xiqiu Fu, Founder and President, ChinaAid
John Sifton, Asia Advocacy Director, Human Rights Watch
Walter Lohman, Director, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation (Host)

Russia (1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.)
David Kramer, Senior Director for Human Rights and Freedom, The McCain Institute
Stephen Nix, Regional Director, Eurasia, International Republican Institute
Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D., Distinguished Fellow, The Heritage Foundation (Host)

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