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University of Iowa News Release

Oct. 27, 2003

UI Center For Human Rights Guest To Speak On 'Human Rights City' Nov. 6

Shulamith Koenig, executive director and founder of the Organizing Committee of the People's Decade of Human Rights Education, will speak on "Making Iowa City a Human Rights City" on Thursday, Nov. 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the City Manager's Conference Room at City Hall in Iowa City. The event is sponsored by the University of Iowa Center for Human Rights and the Iowa City Human Rights Commission and is free and open to the public.

A "human rights city" is one in which all community members learn about and adhere to human rights obligations as guiding principles by which the community develops its future plans and institutions. The idea was developed by the Peoples Decade for Human Rights Education, a New York-based non-governmental organization affiliated with the United Nations, that has facilitated training in human rights for social transformation in more than 60 countries around the world. Burns Weston, director of the UI Center for Human Rights, serves on its Board of Directors.

Koenig spearheaded a worldwide human rights education advocacy and implementation campaign and the promotion of its strategy -- a Decade of Human Rights Education -- with the UN Human Rights Center, the UN commission of Human Rights and the Vienna Conference. These efforts resulted in the launching of the UN Decade for Human Rights Education (1995-2005) in December 1994. A dedicated promoter of mass education in human rights and democracy worldwide, she has organized and conducted consultation and workshops with educators, human rights advocates and community leaders in Asia, Africa, Central Europe, Latin America and the Middle East.

For further information, contact the UI Center for Human Rights, 319-335-3900.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Program: UI Center for Human Rights, 319-335-3900.