From CIVIL RIGHTS to
HUMAN RIGHTS and
SELF-DETERMINATION?
APRIL 20-21, 2012
East-West University, Chicago
“Why not, like Europe, work to
negotiate agreements between
governments and national
minorities that will permit
government to recognize what
UNESCO calls the most
important human right of all: the
democratic right of minorities
and nations to self-
determination,
without which all other rights
have no meaning.”
     Dr. Y. N. Kly
“Kly’s strategic placement of the US view of the
collective rights of its minorities within the more
widely accepted normative discourse of
international law provides
not only an alternative
vision of race relations in the United States, but
also, even more importantly, an alternative
solution
.  Kly’s unique perspective is worthy of
consideration and debate by minority and non-
minority individuals alike.”
excerpt from review by
American Journal of
International Law  
of International Law and the
Black Minority in the United States / Y. N. Kly
Dinner/Speaker –

Professor Francis A. Boyle
“African Americans' Right to Self-
Determination”

WHAT WAS THE PURPOSE OF THIS CONFERENCE?

IHRAAM sought to introduce African Americans to the full range of their
human rights protection under international law.  It intends to open these
politico-legal options up for discussion with a view to weighing their
possible utility in addressing the historical and ongoing needs and
grievances of  African Americans in the United States.

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

CONFERENCE SPEAKERS
Authoritative African American and international legal scholars of stature
as well as primary actors from the African American community who are
actively engaged with African American organizations and institutions.

CONFERENCE  PRESS RELEASE

CONFERENCE PHOTOS

CONFERENCE BOOK

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PHOTOS
The Second International Conference on the
Right to Self-determination, the United  
Nations and International Civil Society,
Geneva, August 6-8, 2004
PHOTOS
The First International Conference on the
Right to Self-determination and the United
Nations,
Geneva, 2000
Left to right:  Atty. Musa Dan Fodio, Dr. Tyson King-Meadows, Diana Collier Kly, Cynthia
McKinney, Vernellia Randall, Judge Leonard Murray, Dr. Farid I. Muhammad.
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