Human Rights Day News Conference 2012

2012 Human Rights Day – News Conference: “Universal Human Rights, Dignity, and Compassion for All,” including Film on China Human Rights

Human rights groups leaders will hold a joint news conference on December 10, 2012 from 12 to 3 PM ET at the National Press Club’s Zenger Room. The address is: National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC. The keynote theme will be: “Universal Human Rights, Dignity, and Compassion for All.”

The human rights groups will recognize Human Rights Day, and make a renewed call for universal human rights, and dignity, and compassion for all of our fellow human beings.

The event will also include a showing of the documentary: “Free China: The Courage to Believe,” regarding the widespread human rights violations in China and the oppression of the Falun Gong, a type of Taoist and Buddhist meditation practice.

Speakers’ focus will be on human rights issues in the United States, China, Sudan, Pakistan, Balochistan, and the Middle East, including women’s rights and children’s rights. These groups share the common goal of universal human rights for all people, remembering “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”

The event will be sponsored by the following groups, with speakers from their organizations:
(a) Responsible for Equality and Liberty (R.E.A.L.) – Jeffrey Imm on consistency in human rights and compassion for all and the future of our children

(b) Global Service Center for Quitting the Chinese Communist Party - Dr. Charles Lee, who will be addressing the human rights atrocities against the Falun Gong in China and the courage to believe

(c) Darfur Women Action Group (DWAG) – Niemat Ahmadi on the continuing human rights abuses against Darfuri and Sudanese people

(d) Pakistan Christian Congress/Post – Dr. Nazir Bhatti on the human rights abuses against Pakistan Christians and minorities

(e) United for Equality (U4E) – Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.) and Women’s Rights Activist Carolyn Cook on consistency for women’s rights

(f) Ahmar Mustikhan, Senior Balochistan Journalist and Human Rights Defender on human rights issues for the Baloch people and around the world.

(g) The International Committee To Support The Non-Violent Movement For Human Rights in Vietnam – Acting Vice Chairman, Mrs. Nathalie Nguyen, who will address “Raising Awareness of Human Rights Violations in Vietnam & Territorial Expansion Policy By The Chinese Communist Party”.

Human Rights Day is celebrated in remembrance of the December 10, 1948 adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) by the United Nations General Assembly.

Conference Coordinator Contact: Jeffrey Imm, Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.), usa@realcourage.org, 301-613-8789

A report on the 2011 Human Rights Day is online at:
http://www.realcourage.org/2011/12/human-rights-day-2011/

Human Rights Day - Remembering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR)

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Documentary: FREE CHINA: THE COURAGE TO BELIEVE

The film the Chinese Communist Regime doesn’t want you to see…

From the award-winning director of “Tibet: Beyond Fear,” Free China: The Courage to Believe examines the widespread human rights violations in China through the remarkable and uplifting stories of Jennifer Zeng, a mother and former Communist Party member and Dr. Charles Lee, a Chinese American businessman, who along with hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens are imprisoned and tortured for their spiritual beliefs.

In 1997, while living in different parts of the world, both Jennifer and Charles began to practice Falun Gong, a type of Taoist and Buddhist meditation practice that swept across China in the 1990s. When it was estimated that the number of Chinese practitioners exceeded Communist Party membership, more than 70 million strong the government initiated a brutal crackdown against the spiritual movement that continues to this day. Jennifer, Charles and hundreds of thousands of practitioners were arrested, tortured and forced into slave labor, making products such as Homer Simpson slippers for export to the West. The

As political scandals surface and tensions rise along with more than one hundred and fifty thousand protests occurring each year inside China, this timely documentary also highlights how Internet technologies are aiding human rights activists in China and around the world by allowing online collaboration and uncensored information into closed societies. In addition, the film sheds light on how are-emergence of traditional Chinese culture and spirituality are helping bring about a new China.

But the story doesn’t end here. It’s just the beginning…

Interviewees in the film include:
– Hon. David Kilgour, Former Canadian Secretary of State for Asia-Pacific
– Rep. Chris Smith, US Congressman, Senior Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee (Chairman of its Africa, Global Health and Human Rights Subcommittee)
– Ethan Gutmann, Author of “Losing The New China” and Contributor for The Asian Wall Street Journal
– Dr. Charles Lee, Chinese American Businessman
– Jennifer Zeng, Former Chinese Communist Party Member, bestselling author of “Witnessing History: One Chinese Woman’s Fight for Freedom.” (Now an Australian citizen)
– This is not just a Film. But the start of a peaceful movement towards a Free China.
– For inquiries related to distribution/sponsorship/donations please contact:
http://freechinamovie.com/

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Directions to Visitors via DC Subway

Exit via Metro Center Subway Station

Walking Directions from Metro Center Subway Station (Red/Blue/Orange Line) to National Press Club on 14th Street NW

METRO CENTER METRO STATION to 14TH ST NW:

1. Exit station through 13TH ST NW & G ST NW entrance.
2. Walk approx. 1 block S on 13th St NW.
3. Turn right on F St NW.
4. Walk approx. 1 block W on F St NW.
5. Turn left on 14th St NW.
6. Walk approx. 1 block S on 14th St NW.

Press Club Directions for Visitors Web Link

BY METRO
Take Metro to Metro Center.
Take the 13th Street Exit, take escalator to 13th Street; you should be at the corner of 13th and G Streets.
Walk one block south to F Street.
Turn right (West) and walk one block to 14th Street
Turn left and walk downhill to the National Press Building lobby.
Enter and take the elevators to the 13th Floor

FROM MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Take River Road south to Goldsboro Road and turn Right.
Turn Left onto Massachusetts Avenue.
Follow Massachusetts Avenue to 14th Street NW and turn right.
From 14th Street turn left onto G Street – the PMI Garage is halfway down the block on the left at 1325 G Street
Walk out of the garage and turn right. At 14th Street turn left. Walk 1 1/2 blocks to the entrance to the National Press Building.
Enter and take the elevators to the 13th Floor

FROM VIRGINIA

I-395 North
Follow signs to 14th Street Bridge; Exit to 14th St
Continue north on 14th St past Washington Monument past Freedom Plaza and Pennsylvania Ave
The National Press Building is in the next block, next door to the J.W. Marriott Hotel

Memorial Bridge
Cross Memorial Bridge to D.C.
Bear left at the Lincoln Memorial.
Right on Constitution Ave
Left on 15th St
Right on F St
The National Press Building is at the corner of 14th and F St next to the J.W. Marriott Hotel

I-66
Take I-66 east across the Roosevelt Bridge into D.C.
This becomes Constitution Ave.
Left on 15th St
Right on F
The National Press Building is at the corner of 14th and F St next to the J.W. Marriott Hotel

FROM BALTIMORE
Take the Baltimore-Washington Parkway south and exit at New York Ave (Route 50)
Follow New York Ave all the way to 14th St and turn left (south).
The National Press Building is at the corner of 14th and F St next to the J.W. Marriott Hotel.

PARKING
The PMI garage is located on the north side of G St between 13th and 14th Streets. Car Park is located at the corner of 15th and F Streets.

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