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OCTOBER 21, 2003
3:23 PM
CONTACT:  Amnesty International USA
Nancy Bothne, 312-907-6673; Stacia Cardille, 202-544-0200, ext. 225
Amnesty International USA to Hold Annual Midwest Conference in Minneapolis This Weekend
War on Terror's Threat to Human Rights a Main Focus
WASHINGTON - October 21 - Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) will hold its annual Midwest Regional Conference, "Speak Truth to Power", in Minneapolis this weekend, October 24 to 26. This event will open with a session on the so-called war on terror and the threat it poses to human rights. The conference will feature a session on violence against women, as well as skill-building workshops and town hall meetings on issues such as post-crisis Iraq, the slaughter in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the humanitarian crisis in North Korea.

Nancy Bothne, AIUSA's Midwest regional director said, "There are numerous human rights issues confronting the world today. Citizens of Iraq, individuals living in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and women throughout the world all confront human rights challenges on a daily basis. This conference will energize activists throughout the region and encourage them to speak truth to power."

Speakers presenting seminars at the conference include: Dr. William F. Schulz, executive director of Amnesty International USA and author of the recently released book, Tainted Legacy: 9/11 and the Ruin of Human Rights; Shahnaz Bokhari, a women's rights activist working to end the practice of honor killings in Pakistan and the executive director of the Progressive Women Association; Tilly Black Bear, executive director of White Calf Buffalo Woman Society and founder of National Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Maher Sabry, Egyptian Theater director and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender human rights activist.

Members of the public are invited to attend and daily or full weekend passes are available onsite and there is no registration fee for members of the press.

WHAT: Amnesty International USA Midwest Regional Conference

WHEN: Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26

WHERE: Radisson Hotel Metrodome, 615 Washington Avenue SE, Minneapolis, Minn. 55414. (This is a change of venue.)


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