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Global Exchange 3rd Annual Human Rights Awards Ceremony
Thursday, May 22nd 2003 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
San Francisco, California


The Global Exchange Human Rights Awards is an annual event that shines a spotlight on an activists or organizations engaged in the struggle for human rights as outlined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

This year's ceremony honors Arab-Israeli lawmaker Dr. Azmi Bishara and human rights and peace activist Father Louis Vitale.

Dr. Azmi Bishara is an Palestinian-Israeli member of the Israeli Parliament -- the Knesset. He works tirelessly for the cause of equality for Palestinians living in Israel. Currently, Palestinians-Israelis do not enjoy equal civil rights, access to education or economic opportunities, or even equal protection under the law. Dr. Bishara founded the National Democratic Assembly (NDA) a political party that works for the universal human values of democracy, freedom, social justice, human rights, and the right of a people to self-determination. Dr. Bishara works to transform Israel into "a state for all its citizens". For his work on behalf of Palestinians living in Israel and the Occupied Territories, Dr. Bishara was brought up on criminal charges that would have stripped him of his seat in Parliament and sentenced him to prison. To impartial observers, it was clear that the allegations were entirely politically motivated. He was recently exonerated of all charges by the Supreme Court of Israel. Dr. Bishara works against very difficult odds so that all citizens living in Israel can enjoy full and equal civil political, and economic rights, dignity, and peace.

Breaking with the tradition of recognizing one international and one national honoree, in these extraordinary times, Global Exchange will also pay special homage to "Women of Peace", honoring Congresswoman Barbara Lee, award-winning author Arundhati Roy, co-founder of Voices in the Wilderness Kathy Kelly, and international human rights activist Bianca Jagger.

Join us for an inspirational evening of dinner, dancing, and sharing with people who are truly having a positive impact in the world.

If you would like to purchase tickets for the event, host a table, place a congratulatory ad in the souvenir journal, or donate to the silent auction, contact Karolo Aparicio at 415.558.6939 or via email, karolo@globalexchange.org.


Location: 
Palace of Fine Arts  San Francisco California  

Contact:
Karolo Aparicio
karolo@globalexchange.org
415.558.6939 http://www.globalexchange.org/getInvolved/gxawards.html


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