Civil Liberties Under the ObamaAdministration: Are We Still at Risk?Public Forum on Civil Liberties andNational Security
Wednesday, June 17, 2009, 7:00 PMPortland State University
Hateld School of Government Urban Center
506 SW Mill, Second Floor Gallery (SW Millbetween 5th and 6th Avenues)
(Portland Streetcar, bus lines 8, 9, 12, 19, 94;parking available)The National Lawyers Guild, the ACLU of Or
egon and the American Constitution Society aresponsoring an evening seminar entitled "CivilLiberties Under the Obama Administration: AreWe Still at Risk?".
The seminar will cover
continuing issues of race, preventive detention, the Obama adminis
tration's plans for Guantanamo detainees, andethnic and religious proling. Panelists will alsohighlight ongoing efforts by ACLU and NationalLawyers Guild to uncover the abuses of theprevious administration.
Speakers will include
Tom Nelson and AshleeAlbies, lawyers who are litigating a case againstthe NSA for warrantless wiretapping; StevenWax, Federal Public Defender, who has rep
resented a number of Guantanamo detainees;David Fidanque, Executive Director of the ACLUof Oregon; and Joann Bowman, Director of Oregon Action.
For more information contact:Mark Kramer: 503.243.2733;email@example.com
improved in North Kivu. Te UN Oce or the Coordinationo Humanitarian Aairs (OCHA) ound that since January, atleast 150,000 were displaced and probably many more. Mostdisplacements had occurred due to civilians escaping romFDLR activities.FDLR ghters have returned to many o their ormer posi-tions since Rwandawithdrew its army and this has led torenewed violence and displacement.Te FARDC (Congolese armed orces) are expected to extendtheir operations against the FDLR into South Kivu province, astronghold o the FDLR. MONUCwould collaborate with the FARDC in this campaign. Rwan-dan troops apparently would not be used. Te joint operationmight lead to urther displacement and attacks on civilians by FDLR in South Kivu, as well as human rights violations by theFARDC.In addition to recent FDLR reprisal attacks in North Kivu,which have included many unlawul killings o civilians, rapesand other violations o international humanitarian law, thereare already reports o threats and attacks against civilians inSouth Kivu by the FDLR. FARDC troops moving throughSouth Kivu towards the ront lines have also been responsibleor numerous human rights violations, including rapes andthe orced displacement o civilians rom their homes. Am-nesty International ears that this situation is likely to worsen.
Amnesty International believes the Security Council musttake immediate steps to protect civilians in the DRC. Pleasewrite a polite letter, email or ax to Susan Rice, US Ambassa-dor to the UN, urging the Security Council to take the ollow-ing steps to protect civilians in the DRC. ◌Ensure that the additional 3000 peacekeeping troops, airliand intelligence capacities authorized by the Security Coun-cil in November 2008 are placed in the DRC. Without theseadditional resources, MONUC will not be able to protectcivilians in North Kivu and in South Kivu when MONUC-FARDC operations begin. ◌Implement specic MONUC-FARDC plans to assist aect-ed civilian populations in South Kivu, including the deploy-