A N N O U N C I N G
IHRAAM
ICHR
FIRST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
on the Right to Self Determination and
the United Nations:
From Minority Rights to Political Independence
Democratizing the International System
11-13 August, 2000
Concurrent with the 52nd session of the United Nations Sub-Commission
Hotel Forum Park, Geneva
IHRAAM and the ICHR were pleased to co-sponsor The
First International Conference on the Right to
Self-Determination and the United Nations:  Exploring the
Peoples' Fundamental Human Right to Democratic
Choice, Ranging From Minority Rights to Political
Independence
and the effects of just demands for
self-determination on the functionality of the international
system.
The Conference explored the institutional options for
pursuing cultural and socio-economic equal status
between dominant groups and national minorities within
multinational states.  It  fostered discussion on whether  
just demands for self-determination will animate collective
restorative justice and greater democracy or international
systemic overload, economic malfunction and chaos. It  
attracted Members of Governments, UN officials,
International NGOs, Civil Society Representatives and
Representatives from salient minority groups and nations,
who  explored a series of Conference Themes introduced
by a distinguished roster of experts.
The Conference was the first 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 international system.
For more information, see
PRESS RELEASES.
Resolutions resulting from the Conference deliberations
were submitted to the UN Commission on Human Rights,
as well as to the UN Working Group on Minorities and
other pertinent bodies.