for Human Rights
International Human Rights
Association of American Minorities
The First International Conference on the Right to Self-determination and the
United Nations, held in Geneva in August 2000, explored whether just demands for
self-determination would lead to collective restorative justice and greater democracy, or
to international systemic overload, economic malfunction and chaos. With a view to
conflict resolution, it sought to promote the institution of a global systemic mechanism to
facilitate negotiations which might lead to consociated democratic states or political
independence. Conference Resolutions were reported to the UN High Commissioner
requesting the UN to establish an Office of the High Commissioner for Self-determination
and a special Self-determination Commission composed of representatives of United
Nations member states.
This Second international Conference on the Right to Self-determination results from the
response of international civil society to the inaction of the UN on the resolutions of the
First Conference. Thus the Second International Conference will explore the justice,
economic and legal role that can be played by International Civil Society. It will serve
as a large international civil society forum. While some theme speakers have
been designated to get things started, all invitees will have the opportunity to
speak under each theme to the extent that intervention time permits.
The Conference will attract Government Representatives, UN officials, International
NGOs, Civil Society Representatives and Representatives from salient minority groups
and nations, who will explore a series of Conference Themes introduced by a
distinguished roster of scholars.
The UN Commission on Human Rights, the UN Working Group on Minorities and other
pertinent bodies will also be advised of resolutions resulting from deliberations of the
Second International Conference.
The Conference will foster discussion on whether such just demands will lead to
collective restorative justice and greater democracy or to international systemic overload,
economic malfunction and chaos. It will attract Government Representatives, UN officials,
International NGOs, Civil Society Representatives and Representatives from salient
minority groups and nations, who will explore a series of Conference Themes introduced
by a distinguished roster of experts.
The Conference will be the second in an ongoing series, permitting the international
community the needed latitude to explore issues of extreme relevance to our time related
to the preventive management or resolution of internal ethnic conflict or low intensity
warfare (often referred to as terrorism) in furtherance of democratic transformation of the
Resolutions resulting from the Conference deliberations will be submitted to the UN
Commission on Human Rights, as well as to the UN Working Group on Minorities and
other pertinent bodies.
It is hoped that the Second International Conference will lead towards the establishment
of the first International Civil Society Tribunal on the Right to Self-determination.
The Second International Conference on
The Right to Self Determination
The United Nations and International Civil Society
From the Call for a UN Self-Determination Commission
to the Establishment of an International Civil Tribunal
on the Right to Self-determination
Concurrent with the United Nations 56th Session of the UN Sub-Commission
Ramada Park Hotel, Geneva, 6-8 August, 2004
Final Press Release
Conference Schedule / Structure
the First International Conference
and Other Information