Status of Human Rights in Global Hot Spots Media Roundtable

Press Release
March 19, 2013

Status of Human Rights in Global Hot Spots Media Roundtable

Frontline Defenders to Provide First-Hand Experiences on Friday, March 22 in Advance of Amnesty International USA Human Rights Conference

Contact: Sharon Singh, ssingh@aiusa.org, 202-675-8579, @AIUSAmedia

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - In advance of its Use Your Power conference, Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) will host a media roundtable with some of the world's leading human rights defenders to discuss the status of human rights in global hot spots. The conference is one of the largest grassroots gatherings of human rights activists in the United States.

The media roundtable will be on Friday, March 22, 2013 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the AIUSA offices located at 600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, 5th floor in Washington, D.C.

Key speakers confirmed thus far include Salil Shetty, Secretary General of Amnesty International's global movement, Kirk Bloodsworth, the first death row inmate in the United States to have his innocence proven via DNA testing and Farida Ghulam Ismail, a Bahraini women's rights activist.

The human rights conference begins on Friday, March 22, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. with remarks from a variety of leaders, including Mexican journalist and activist Lydia Cacho.

Details:

What:     Status of Human Rights media roundtable with frontline
               human rights defenders

When:     Friday, March 22, 2013 at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Location:     AIUSA offices
                     600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, 5th Floor
                     Washington, D.C. 20003

Remote participants may dial into the conference line at 866-952-1906.

To RSVP or for more information, please contact Sharon Singh, AIUSA media relations director, at ssingh@aiusa.org or 202-675-8579 to attend the roundtable.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.