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Monday, May 11 • 11:00 - 12:30
1B: Rights for All: How Restrictions on Civic Space Affect Marginalized Groups
Limited Capacity seats available

The rights to peaceful assembly and association are guaranteed to everyone without distinction. Yet governments often deny these rights to marginalized groups, including persons with disabilities, LGBTI people, ethnic minorities, and indigenous peoples. This session will explore how legislation and practices discriminate against such groups and highlight successful efforts to overcome these challenges. Participants will also help develop a rapid assessment tool to help the international community and in-country experts identify discriminatory legislation.

Resource Materials:

  1. UNSR Report: Threats Against Groups Most at Risk
  2. Advocating for Uganda's LGBT -- risk and resilience | Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera | TEDxLiberdade
  3. Nothing about us without us | Mara Gabrilli | TEDxLiberdade



Birgitta Weibahr

Policy Specialist, Human Rights and Democracy, Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Birgitta Weibahr has worked with Human Rights and Democratic Governance issues for Sida since 2001. Her main focus in her present position is on non-discrimination, the Human Rights Based Approach and the justice sector. Before joining Sida, she worked for the Red Cross on humanitarian... Read More →

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Juan Auz

Legal Advisor and Project Coordinator, Terra Mater
Mr. Auz is an Ecuadorian attorney with expertise in human rights and environmental issues. A political and legal advisor for indigenous organizations, he is the co-founder of Terra Mater. Previously, he was the Executive Director of Fundación Pachamama, an NGO that has defended the... Read More →
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Hannah Forster

Executive Director, African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS)
Hannah Forster is a human rights and gender activist with over 25 years working with civil society, especially with women and other marginalized groups, at the national, regional and International levels. She has vast expertise in coalition building and specializes in human rights... Read More →

Czeslaw Walek

Director, Open Society p.b.o,
Czeslaw Walek has worked in the area of human rights protection since 2000 when he graduated from the Human Rights stream of Central European University. He has worked both in the governmental sector - for example, as the Czech Deputy Minister for Human Rights he was responsible for... Read More →
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Aubrey Webson

Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations
Dr. Aubrey Webson is the Ambassador to the United Nations for the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Formerly Dr. Webson was an Institutional Development Consultant for the Perkins School for the Blind since 1992, specializing in management and leadership training and policy formulation... Read More →

Monday May 11, 2015 11:00 - 12:30 CEST
Room C2 Clarion Sign Hotel