Amnesty International and San Juan library host meeting on UN Declaration of Human Rights

The Friday Harbor Group of Amnesty International, in conjunction with the Friends of the San Juan Island Library, invites your participation in the third of the series of panel discussions devoted to Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century and in preparation for the celebration on December 10th of the sixtieth anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly. The third panel discussion entitled, ?Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights?, will be on Sunday, November 9, 2008, from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. at the San Juan Island Library. The discussion will be devoted to Articles 22 to 31 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The panel members will be Mr. Jack Cory, editor of the online The Island Guardian, Ms. Carolyn deRoos, an attorney, and Mr. Howard Rosenfeld, Chairman of the San Juan County Council. and Ms. Janet Thomas, writer and author of the book, ?The Battle In Seattle?. Free copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights booklet are available at the San Juan Island Library.

The honored speaker at the December 10th sixtieth Anniversary Celebration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will beformer United States Army Captain James Yee, a Muslim Chaplin at GuantánamoBay, Cuba.Despite awards for his service, Chaplain Yee was arrested and charged with treason and espionage in September 2003. Chaplain Yee subsequently was exonerated, the charges dropped and, without apology, Chaplain Yee was honorably discharged in January 2005. Chaplain Yee will address, ? My Experiences at Guantánamo Bay: Human Rights and the Lessons Learned ?, at Saint David?s Episcopal Church, on Wednesday, December 10th, at 7:00 PM.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is the primary international articulation of the fundamental and inalienable rights of all members of the human family. It represents the first comprehensive agreement among nations as to the specific rights and freedoms of all human beings. Amnesty International is a non-profit, non-partisan organization devoted to protecting human rights worldwide

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