Dear Friends, The testimony for the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on February 16th went well! The panelists included Ted Orlin, Victor Conde, Jo-Marie Burt, Ed O'Brien and myself. We collectively recommended that Congress take leadership at the federal level in promoting HRE in the U.S., given the low level of human rights literacy. In my presentation I specifically mentioned that Margaret Spelling had not responded to a letter from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights asking for participation in the World Programme for Human Rights Education. The panelists also asked that more resources be made available for these purposes. There was a friendly audience of over 40 people. Tina Ramirez and her Republican staff member counterpart took notes on the testimony and ensuing discussion. An interesting point raised in the discussion was that in the U.S. HRE is seen as associated with a liberal/leftist issue agenda. There was agreement during the discussion period, I think, that HRE should be seen as non-partisan and that it should include discussions of many points of views on issues. Indeed, I think that this problem is a huge one for HRE in the U.S. Two of our testimonies are now posted on the HR Caucus website and can be found at http://lantos.house.gov/HoR/CA12/Human+Rights+Caucus/HRC+Hidden+Content/02-06-07+Human+Rights+Ed.htm Click on "Briefing testimonies" in the left-hand column. Here you can also find additional information about the work of the Human Rights Caucus. Thanks to all of you who sent me input and suggestions earlier on. I was given a quite limited topic to present on (the work of HREA) but I did try to weave in other key points as I could. Onward, Felisa ------------------------------------- Felisa Tibbitts, Director Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) - US office PO Box 382396, Cambridge, MA 02238 USA Visiting address: 97 Lowell Road, Concord, MA 01742 (tel) +1 978 341 0200 (fax) +1 978 341 0201 (e-mail) < > (Web) http://www.hrea.org ======== North American Human Rights Education listserv ======= Send mail intended for the list to < >. Archives of the list can be found at: http://www.hrea.org/lists/hr-education-na/ **You are welcome to reprint, copy, archive, quote or re-post this item, but please retain the original and listserv source.
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