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Protecting Human Rights in an Anti-Terrorist World

Tuesday 10 December, 6pm
Old Theatre, Old Building

In response to the 11 September terrorist attacks, leaders around the world - dictators and democrats alike - are telling their citizens to choose between security and freedom. But the real choice is between a world in which human rights are universally respected and one in which no one is safe.

Hina Jilani, UN Special Representative for Human Rights Defenders, will be speaking on the protection of human rights and asking whether the discourse of Human Rights is at a critical turning point on Tuesday 10 December at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). This lecture is being held in conjunction with the BBC World Service Trust.

Ms Jilani will examine the role of civil society and the ways in which Human Rights NGOs can maintain their influence in a very difficult climate.

Protecting Human Rights in an Anti-Terrorist World is free and open to all. No ticket is required.

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Notes for editors:

On 10 December 1948 the United National adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Since that day, 10 December is celebrated worldwide as International Human Rights Day. To mark the day, the Centre for the Study of Human Rights, in conjunction with the BBC World Service Trust, is delighted to host this lecture.

Hina Jilani was appointed last year as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders. She is a founding member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and is currently the Secretary General of Commission. As an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, she has steadfastly advocated for those who have had their human rights violated, including victims of domestic violence, fundamentalist violence, bonded workers and victims of 'honour killings'.

Ms Jilani also set up and currently runs the largest free legal aid centre in Pakistan, AGHS Legal Aid Cell, which focuses on women and promotes legal awareness, education, protection from exploitation, legal research, counselling and providing legal assistance. She has received a number of international awards, including most recently, the Amnesty International Genetta Sagan Award for Women's Rights and the UNIFEM Millennium Peace Prize for Women.

Hina Jilani will be guest on the BBC World Service's weekly programme, Agenda, to continue discussion on the challenge of upholding and defending human rights principles in the context of current international anti-terrorist strategies. Agenda looks at people like Hina Jilani who are at the forefront of progress that are shaping our world and the way we think.

The Protecting Human Rights in an anti-terrorist world lecture is a key part of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights' Public Lecture programme and also marks the completion of the BBC World Service Trust's human rights multi-platform project I have a right to... which aims to help individuals to understand their rights and looks at people who are making a difference.

For further information on I have a right to... contact Eleanor Morris, BBC World Service Trust, on 0207 557 3526.

5 December 2002

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