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    Human Rights in North Korea

    Michael Kirby, chair of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea, gave the keynote address on the findings and recommendations that came out of a series of…

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    State Department Annual Human Rights Report

    Secretary of State John Kerry released the 2013 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which examines the status of human rights in countries around the world. He highlighted parts…

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    Future of Lebanon

    State and Defense Department officials and Middle East experts testified on Lebanon’s future. The previous day, February 24, Israeli jets carried out air strikes in eastern…

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    United Nations Report on North Korea

    John Park, Harvard Kennedy School Adjunct Lecturer, talked by video link from West Newton, Massachusetts, about a United Nations report on North Korea that accused leader Kim Jong-un of…

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    Senator John McCain on Syria

    Senator John McCain (R-AZ),a member of the Armed Services Committee, came to the floor to urge his colleagues to take action on the situation in Syria. He showed several graphic…

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    Syrian Refugees

    Diplomatic and security officials testified on the Syrian refugee crisis in which 2.3 million Syrians have fled the country since the outbreak of the civil war. Aid to host countries…

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    Senator Patrick Leahy on Human Rights

    Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Patrick Leahy (D-VT) talked about U.S. leadership on human rights issues. In his speech, he said it was time to close down Guantanamo Bay and that…

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    Foster Care and Sex Trafficking

    The House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Human Resources held a hearing on foster care kids who become involved in sex trafficking. Witnesses included several members of Congress who…

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    Radio: Drone Strikes and Human Rights

    Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch held a joint news conference to release their two new reports on U.S. drone strikes and other air strikes in Pakistan and Yemen. The…

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    United Nations General Assembly Speech by North Korean Vice Foreign Minister

    North Korean Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Pak Kil-yon addressed the United Nations General Assembly. He responded to a recent U.N. human rights investigation into the conditions in…

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    Human Trafficking in the U.S.

    Federal, state, local, and tribal officials testified on their efforts to combat human trafficking within the United States. The State Department reported that nearly 20,000 people…

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    Syrian Refugee Camps

    Dr. Ronald Waldman talked about his humanitarian mission to Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon, to examine the health impacts of the Syrian civil war. He also discussed the work of…

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    Electronic Surveillance and Human Rights

    Katherine Maher led a discussion on the National Security Agency surveillance programs. She said that regardless of their legality in the U.S., they said might violate international…

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    Human Trafficking Prevention

    Maya Soetoro-Ng talked about the challenges relating to ending trafficking and exploitation of women and children. She focused on strategies which emphasized education, victim…

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    FBI Arrests in Child Prostitution Rings

    Michael Harpster talked about the FBI announcement that it had arrested 150 people and rescued more than 105 teenagers involved in a child prostitution ring across 76 cities. He also…

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    Congressional Ceremony to Honor Nelson Mandela

    Congressional leaders celebrated the life of Nelson Mandela on the occasion of the South African leader’s 95th birthday. Speakers read quotes from his public life. House…

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    Human Rights in China

    Prior to the anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre, experts on the human rights situation in China testified before the House Subcommittee on Global Human Rights. In their…

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    Book Discussion on And the Mountains Echoed

    Khaled Hosseini talked about his book, And the Mountains Echoed, in which he chronicles his travels around Afghanistan and the relief work he had been doing there with the United Nations…

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    Holocaust Experiences

    Participants talked about survivors and others affected by the Holocaust. They highlighted stories of teachers, students, police officers, and neighbors who overcame fear and community…

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    Preventing Genocide in the 21st Century

    Anthony Blinken spoke about international security and human rights issues, focusing on efforts of the Atrocities Prevention Board and U.S. policy toward Syria following reports of chemical…

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