May 7, 2013
6:30pm - 8:30pm    |    Vanderbilt Hall, NYU School of Law, 40 Washington Square South, New York, NY

An evening conversation with human rights activist Maryam al-Khawaja (below)

and Aryeh Neier, Ruth Wedgwood, and Sarah Leah Witson

Free & Open to the Public

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Please join us on Tuesday May 7th, at 6:30 pm, for an evening discussion with the remarkable¬†Maryam al-Khawaja, just about the only member of her astonishing dissident human rights activist family not currently in prison for trying to bring a measure of democracy to the violently repressive autocratic monarchy in her island homeland off the Arabian peninsula (home to the U.S. Fifth Fleet). The family has received several nominations for this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, and both her father Abdulhadi and her sister Zainab regularly launch extended hunger strikes, protesting conditions of their incarceration.¬† Her interlocutors will include Aryeh Neier (President Emeritus of the Open Society Foundations), Ruth Wedgwood (Burling professor of international law and diplomacy, Johns Hopkins SAIS; former U.S. member, United Nations Human Rights Committee), and Sarah Leah Whitson (Director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch).

This free public program is co-sponsored by the New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) at NYU School of Law.  For additional information, including more on Bahrain and the al-Khawajas, visit or facebook.



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