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2012-2013 Human Rights Luncheon

Last December 11, UNA-NCA hosted its annual Human Rights Luncheon to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the Cannon House Office Building's Caucus Room in Washington, DC. The 2012-2013 awardees include:

UNA-NCA Louis B. Sohn Human Rights AwardTom Andrews, Former member of Congress and President and CEO of United to End Genocide

UNA-NCA Perdita Huston Human Rights AwardCharito Kruvant, Founder and CEO of Creative Associates International

Over 150 partners and supporters attended the event, including Congressman James Moran of Virginia, The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, the first ever American UN Youth Observer, Brooke Loughrin, and many other distinguished guests.

The program began with opening remarks from former UNA-NCA President, Karen Mulhauser, and a moving invocation from Susie Hayward, Senior Program Officer of the Religion and Peacemaking Center at the United States Institute of Peace. Rodney Bent, Director of the United Nations Information Center, read Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon's Proclamation of Human Rights Day.

Congressman James Moran presented the 2012 UNA-NCA Louis B. Sohn Human Rights Award to his long-time friend, Tom Andrews. Andrews shared his experiences working with human rights organizations and in the field, talking about traveling across the Chinese border into Myanmar to witness firsthand the treatment of the ethnic minority groups. He described historic failures to promote human rights, especially regarding the genocide in Rwanda. Andrews implored the audience to take a proactive stance against genocide and other human rights atrocities.

Kathleen Kuehnast, Director of the Gender and Peacebuilding Center at the United States Institute of Peace, introduced the 2012 Perdita Huston Human Rights Award to Charito Kruvant. In her speech, Kruvant reminded the audience, "Sometimes we have forgotten our humanity. We have forgotten the most vulnerable. We must remember to always honor our humanity. We have a responsibility to always work for those who are the most vulnerable." Throughout her career, Kruvant has advocated for the education of women and girls, recognizing the impact that empowered women can have on their communities.

The Human Rights Luncheon is celebrated every second week of December, and is designed to engage the community in the discourse on human rights issues. For more information, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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