Event: Right to Identity in Americas Conference [RFK Memorial]

Right to Identity in Americas: The Role of Civil Society
Date: March 7, 2008
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Location: American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW; Room 603
Washington, DC 20016
Live Webcast: http://www.wcl.american.edu/humright/center/
RSVP: rsvp [at} rfkmemorial {dot] org

The issue of national identification and civil registration has been garnering increased attention in the Americas. There are a number of countries where citizens’ right to identity is being violated by the state, by omission or commission. The right to be officially recognized as a citizen by the state, and to have that state ensure the registration of one’s civil status from birth to death, are minimum guarantees which allow citizens to participate in democracy and claim their international human rights. International and regional organizations have seized on this reality and have taken steps to promote civil registration in Latin America and the Caribbean. However, much more needs to be done to understand the human rights implications related to national identification and civil registration, especially in countries where these rights are being violated.

The conference will include two panels of experts and opening remarks from American University’s Washington College of Law (WCL).

9:30 Opening Remarks, Dean Claudio Grossman, American University Washington College of Law

10:00 – 11:30 Panel 1: Violations of the Right to Identity in the Americas

Moderator: Marselha Gonçalves Margerin, Program Officer, RFK Center

Roxanna Altholz, Associate Director of the International Human Rights Law Clinic at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Sonia Pierre (Dominican Republic), 2005 RFK Human Rights Award Winner and Director, Movement of Dominican Women of Haitian Descent (MUDHA)

Colette Lespinasse (Haiti), Coordinator, Support Group for Repatriates and Refugees (GARR)

Sofia Macher (Peru), Former Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Committee and now Director Institute of Legal Defense (IDL)

Ramiro Llanas Moscoso (Bolivia), Foro Boliviano de Medio Ambiente y Desarrollo (FOBOMADE) and Centro de Estudios Agropecuarios (CESA)

11:45 – 1:15 Panel 2: International Response to Violations of the Right to Identity
Panelists include representatives from: Organization of American States, the United Nations, and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

Related Post:
Haitian/Dominican Human Rights Advocate Sonia Pierre in NYTimes