ADC to Present at US Department of State/UNHCR Conference on Religious Freedom

Washington, DC | | December 12, 2011 – Today the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) will be presenting at the US State Department's Meeting on Religious Freedom.  Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom. Suzan Johnson Cook launched the first implementation meeting of the Istanbul Process for Combating Intolerance and Discrimination based on Religion or Belief, with opening remarks by Ambassador Johnson Cook, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Assistant Secretary David Heyman, and Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The Conference will conclude with remarks by Secretary of State Hilary Clinton on Wednesday, December 14. 

ADC will be represented by Legal Director Abed Ayoub, who will be presenting at the Plenary Session focusing on law enforcement and government agencies Engagement with Religious Minority Communities in the United States. The session is organized by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The session will be moderated by Ambassador Michael Kozak. Other sessions will focus on the enforcement of anti-discrimination laws, government outreach and training.

According to the Department of State, the Istanbul Process acts on that belief by providing a forum to implement U.N. Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18, which calls for specific steps to combat intolerance, discrimination, and violence on the basis of religion or belief, while also protecting freedom of speech and religion. Representatives from approximately 30 foreign countries and international organizations, including the European Union, the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will participate.

For more information visit the Department of State.


NOTE TO EDITORS: The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), which is non-profit, non-sectarian and non-partisan, is the largest grassroots Arab-American civil rights and civil liberties organization in the United States. It was founded in 1980 by former Senator James Abourezk. ADC has a national network of chapters and members in all 50 states.


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