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Dissemination activities

Participation by the Department of International Law in the International Congress “Africa and People of African Descent: Issues and Actions to (Re)-envision the Future”

The International Congress entitled “Africa and People of African Descent: Issues and Actions to (Re)-envision the Future,” was held on September 14-16, 2011, organized by the Department of World Languages and Cultures of Howard University, Washington, D.C.

Participating in the Congress were academics, researchers, students, journalists, writers, leaders of Afro-descendant communities and of Afro-descendant civil society, and others. The main objectives of the Congress were to promote greater knowledge and respect for the diversity of the African cultural heritage; to publicize the fight for recognition of the African heritage; and to discuss the participation of African and Afro-descendant people in the political, economic, social and cultural life of their respective nations. One of key objectives, moreover, was to facilitate a connectin between Africa and the African disaspora in Europe and in the Americas.

The Department of International Law was invited to attend this prestigious event to take part in a panel discussion on “The Role of International Organizations in the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Afro-descendants.” The Department delivered a presentation entitled “Afro-descendants in the Americas and International Law: The contribution of the OAS Department of International Law to development of the subject of Afro-descendant issues.” The moderator for that panel was Gay McDougall, a well-known United Nations Independent Expert on Minority Issues. Other speakers at the panel discussion were Corinne Lennox of the University of London, Esther Ojulari, of ChildHope – UK, and Carlos Quesada, of Global Rights – USA.

Through its participation, the Department of International Law was able to disseminate its contributions in the field of Afro-descendant issues.

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