The following are some of the activities that have been undertaken by
IHRAAM. This list does not include activities such as Interventions to the
UN Commission on Human Rights, UN Sub-Commission, consultations to
indigenous and minority groups, internship activities, etc. performed by
IHRAAM on an ongoing basis
Facilitated UN Briefing to over 100 representatives from minority organizations from Canada, the U.S., India and Africa on the subject of
minority rights in international law. The Briefing was held in the Dag Hammarskjold Library, UN headquarters, New York. Speaker: Elsa
Facilitated American minority lobbying with regard to the drafting of the Declaration on the Rights of Minorities
Petitioned the Secretary-General of the United Nations under Resolution 1503
(XLVIII) concerning the gross violation of human rights, concerning the beating of
Los Angeles motorist Rodney King (April 1992) and the death sentence to juvenile offender Gary Graham (November 1993), in the context of
the persistent history of gross violations of human rights of the African-American minority
Petitioned the Inter-American Court concerning the beating of Los Angeles motorist Rodney King (April 1992)
Facilitated the attendance of representatives from minority organizations to various international fora, such as the UNPO Conference on Self-
Determination in the Hague and the Technical Meeting of the Experts, UN Working Group on Minorities, United Nations, Geneva
Co-sponsored Conference on "African-Americans & the Right to Self-
Determination," held at Hamline University on May 14, 1993
In cooperation with the Minnesota Advocates, solicited input from American
minority organizations concerning forthcoming state report to the Human Rights
Committee of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Participated in foundation and on-going development of the North American
Partners for Human Rights Education (NAPHRE) in conjunction with Amnesty
International (Canada and USA), Decade of Human Rights Education, Center for
World Education (University of Vermont), National Institute for Citizen Education in
the Law, Human Rights Center (University of Minnesota), Human Rights Research and Education Centre (University of Ottawa)
Submitted a formal Communication of several hundred pages to the Human Rights Committee concerning the human rights situation in a
state submitting its report as obliged under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
Attended the World Conference on Human Rights, Vienna, and preparatory
conferences in Saskatoon, Montreal and Bangkok
Conferred with the UN Special Rapporteur on Contemporary Forms of Racism during his mission of investigation to the U.S., and
submitted videos and substantial documentation, 1994
At Special Rapporteur's request, submitted critique of U.S. Response to the Special Rapporteur's Final Report, 1996
Provided extensive consultation to American minority organization concerning its
presentation of a Petition under Resolution 1503 (XVLIII) and made a number of
interventions concerning the Final Report of Theo van Boven, UN Special Rapporteur on Reparations, the Dalit population in India, African-
Americans, and Native American rights in relation to the Tribal Court
Conducted human rights educational seminars for the US National Bar Association trainees in Geneva during 1994 session of the UN Sub-
Provided consultation to IHRAAM Director Thlau-Goo-Yailth-Thlee and presiding
judge , as well as interviews to USA Today and Seattle Times, concerning the
historic trial referral of two aboriginal youths charged with robbery and assault from the Superior Court of Washington State to the Kuye-di
Kuiu Kwaan Tribal Court
Co-publication with Clarity Press, Inc.of A Popular Guide to Minority Rights, edited by IHRAAM Chair, Y.N. Kly. Published with support from
the European Human Rights Foundation, Brussels
Made numerous interventions at sessions of the UN Working Group and Sub-
Commission concerning the situation of African-Americans, the Dalits in India, and the Haitian minority in the Dominican Republic, 1995
Facilitated communications between the National Organizing Committee/Chicago, Million Man March and the UN , 1995
Intervened at the UN Working Group and Sub-Commission concerning the situation of the Kashmiris of India, and the Nauxalk Nation of
Submitted written communications, 1995, 1996 to the OSCE concerning human
dimension issues as they relate to minorities
Speaking engagements to minority organizations: National Bar Association, NCBL Annual Meeting, International Association of Black
Professional Firefighters, etc., 1994-1996
Consultation, Mr. Ibrahima Fall, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, UN, concerning UN resolution 1996/26 entitled "Minimum
humanitarian standards," November 1st, 1996
Invited to sit as Judge on International Tribunal of the Kuye'di Thlingit Nation
concerning a complaint issued by a Member of that indigenous nation against the
American I.R.S., January, 1997
Interventions with regard to the situation in Kashmir, 53rd Session of the
Commission on Human Rights, March, 1997
Attendance/intervention, meeting of the UN Working Group on Minorities, May 26-30, 1997
Written intervention to the UN Sub-Commission in support of the Working Group on Minorities, August 3, 1997. IHRAAM has been advised
that this intervention will be reproduced as an NGO document for the 54th Session of the Commission of Human Rights, under the item:
Report of the Sub-Commission.
Consultation with the High Commissioner for Human Rights in relation to request for comments on the Covenant on Social, Economic and
Oral intervention to the UN Sub-Commission concerning human rights situation of African-Americans, Dalits and Kashmiris, August 20,
Participation/exhibit at Commonwealth Conference, October, 1997. The Centre was visited by most of the government delegations including
Nelson Mandela, Tony Blair and Prince Charles. All of them were briefed about the IHRAAM work. IHRAAM has been advised by the Prince's
staff to coordinate with the Prince's trust about our activities.
Participation, NGO Coalition for an International Criminal Court, 1997-1998
Article for The Fourth R, the Human Rights Publication of Amnesty International, Vol. 8, No. 2, Fall, 1997. Member of the Editorial Board, The
Fourth R, ongoing.
Consultation, analytical paper for the Chair, UN Working Group on Minorities, "The
Hague Recommendations Regarding the Education Rights of National Minorities,"February 28, 1998, to be included in the analytical review
of the Hague
Recommendations conducted at the following session of the Working Group in May, 1998.
Interventions with regard to the situation in Kashmir, 54th session, United Nations Sub-Commission, March, 1998.
Co-sponsor, Celebration to mark the birthday of Dalit leader, Dr. Ambedkar, at
Howard University, May, 1998.
Judge and Guest Speaker, International Tribunal of Original Nations concerning safe-guarding Traditional Lakota Spirituality, May 5, 1998.
Submission of Court Brief Concerning Improper and Unauthorized Use of Indigenous Spiritual Teachings. Temporary injunction granted,
May 8th, 1998.
Attendance, intervention, Meeting of the UN Working Group on Minorities, May 25-29,1998.
Conducted international law training session at the United Nations for 13 students, May 28th, 1998.
Facilitated UN tour for 100 adults and students, John Hope Academy, Chicago, June 2nd, 1998.
UN-accredited Observer, XXth session of the United Nations General Assembly to
consider the fight against the illicit production, sale, traffic and distribution of
narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, New York, June 8-10th, 1998.
Official Observer, Public Meeting, Investigation into Human Rights Abuses at
Residential Schools, Canada, June 10-12th, 1998.
Intervention, 50th session of the UN Sub-Commission, concerning the situations in Chiapas and Kashmir, August, 1998.
Sent representatives to the 1998 session of the Commission on Human Rights
working group re Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, November 30-December 11, 1998.
Invitation to IHRAAM Chair from Jacques Chirac, President of France, Mary
Robinson, UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, and Federico Mayor, Directoro-General of UNESCO, to attend the REUNION DE
PARIS: Les Droits de l'homme al'aube du xxie siecle, UNESCO offices, Paris, December 7-8, 1998.
Intervention to the Human Rights Commission concerning the African American
Gullah claims of Ethnocide, April 1, 1999.
Round Table on "Children in Conflicts, April 15, 1999, at Commission on Human
Rights, Geneva. Co-sponsors: International Educational Development, WMC,
International Peace Burueau, MWl, IIFSO.
Nationwide survey of African American opinion on the issue of self-determination
and minority rights, 1999.
IHRAAM Petiton to the United Nations, July-August, 1999 on forced assimilation as itrelates to African Americans, Native Americans and
other national minorities in the U.S.
IHRAAM interventions to the Sub-Commission, July-August, 1999
Concerning African Americans in Prison, Chiapas, and Kashmir
Concerning the 1993 Police Shooting of Archie Elliot III
Concerning the Lakota Sioux Indian Nation
IHRAAM Briefing on "The Right to Self-Determination and the Role of the United
Nations," United Nations, New York, October 1st, 1999. Panel and video
Consultation with the Gullah-Geechee Coalition, and the Carlie Towne Foundation inrelation to preservation of cultural heritage sites and
minority rights of the African American Gullah-Geechee peoples, 1998-ongoing.
Consultation and cooperation with the Jamahir Society for Culture & Philosophy,
Vienna, concerning Youth Camps in North Africa, forthcoming Jamahir Society
Conferences and Publications. 1998-Ongoing.
Assistance in the development of an international program for the National Institute of Social Work and Social Sciences (NISWASS), India,
a Dalit-established and directed Institute practicing liberation-oriented pedagogy in serving the Dalit population, 1999-ongoing.
Consultant to law firm of Joseph Farkas, Toronto, concerning the preparation for the defense of immigration case for African American
couple seeking political asylum in Canada, October 1999. IHRAAM also prepared and submitted a Complaint to the Human Rights
Committee of the United Nations concerning refusal of Canada to grant asylum.
Sponsored seminar, "Human Rights & Armed Conflicts," Salle XVIII, Palais des
Nations, United Nations, April 11th, 2000.
IHRAAM Intervention to the Sub-Commission on Agenda Item 11: Forced
Disappearances, April, 2000.
Participated in the Prepcom of the World Conference Against Racism, Intervention
on Item 7-8, May, 2000.
Submitted Communication to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning Arbitrary Detention of Four Mexican Social
Activists, June 25, 2000.
Co-sponsor: First International Conference on the Right to Self-Determination and the United Nations: From Minority Rights to Political
Independence, Forum Park Hotel, Geneva, Aug. 11-13, 2000.
Co-sponsor with University of Regina, Roundtable on Justice and the Social,
Economic and Political Prerequisites for the Elimination of Weapons of Mass
Destruction, Regina, Canada, November 2003.
Co-sponsor, Second International Conference on the Right to Self-determination, the United Nations, and International Civil Society,
Geneva, August 2004.
Co-sponsor with East-West University, Roundtable on The United Nations &
International Power Politics: The Future of World Order, Chicago, IL. , June 2004
Consultation and Speaking Engagement, Gullah-Geechee Kwanzaa Conference,
December 26-30th, 2005, Charleston, S.C.