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California State University, Long Beach

March 4 - 6, 2009

Fundamental Human Rights

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations General Assembly approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, establishing the right to “freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” as well as the right to “freedom of opinion and expression” for people throughout the world regardless of race, gender or age.

Though most of the world’s nations acknowledge such principles in theory, after 60 years basic freedoms of expression and belief are still under challenge – across the globe, and here in the United States. The President’s Forum on International Human Rights will explore these challenges and the efforts underway to protect these fundamental rights in the United States and throughout the world.

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About the Forum


Brotman Hall

From March 4-6, 2009 California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) will host the second President’s Forum on International Human Rights. The 2009 focus will be “Exploring Challenges to Free Expression and Belief.”

The primary objective of the Forum is to increase global engagement and broaden understanding of some of the most difficult challenges facing human advancement. The three-day event will focus on continuing challenges to free expression and belief, promoting the national and international importance of the issue.

Through the eyes of international activists, scholars, journalists, filmmakers and many others, this event will serve as a significant educational tool and resource for CSULB and the Southern California community.

All events are open to the public and are free of charge. No registration is required. Please arrive early as seats will be occupied on a first-come basis.

Modern Genocides and Global Responsibilities ForumExploring Challenges to Free Expression and Belief