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[casi] Democracy Now! roundtable: CESR Iraq team members

Hi all,

Three returning members of CESR's Emergency Mission to Iraq will be guests in a roundtable 
discussion on "Democracy Now!" this Monday morning, February 3rd, at 9am.

Philip Alston, Elisabeth Benjamin, and Ronald Waldman will discuss the findings of the CESR 
research team, as well as talks held with the Iraqi government as part of the CESR Civic Peace 

For more information about the CESR Emergency Mission to Iraq, please visit

On Thursday, Hans von Sponeck, CESR Special Envoy to Iraq and former UN Humanitarian Coordinator 
for Iraq, spoke from Baghdad to Democracy Now! about the Mission.  That program is archived at

Philip Alston is President of the Board of Directors of the Center for Economic and Social Rights, 
Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York 
University Law School, Co-Director of the Academy of European Law, Editor-in-Chief of the European 
Journal of International Law, and member of the Carter Center's Human Rights Council.  He chaired 
the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 1991-98, and was elected to chair the 
Meeting of Chairpersons of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies.  He was appointed by the UN 
Secretary-General to report on the long-term effectiveness of the human rights bodies (reporting in 
1989, 1993, and 1997).  He is Special Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and a 
member of the consultative group for the World Commission on the Social Dimensions of Globalization.

Elisabeth Ryden Benjamin, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Economic and Social 
Rights and a specialist in public health law, is founder of the New York Legal Aid Society's Health 
Law Unit.  She has conducted assessments in Iraq with the Harvard Study Team and International 
Study Team missions.

Ronald Jay Waldman, Professor of Clinical Public Health at the Mailman School of Public Health of 
Columbia University, has worked in complex emergencies in Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Albania, Congo, 
and Afghanistan.  He is immediate past Chairman of the International Health Section of the American 
Public Health Association.

"Democracy Now!" is a national, listener-sponsored public radio and TV news show which airs on over 
120 stations including Pacifica radio stations, Pacifica affiliates,, public access TV 
stations, Free Speech TV (DishNetwork Channel 9415), and Shortwave Radio (Radio for Peace 
International).  For information on how to tune in, please visit

Listeners outside of the US and Canada can listen on the Web : Streaming LIVE on WBIX,, 9AM(EST) or listen to the day's show and all the web archives at 
(daily show posted by 3 PM EST).


Jacob Park
Center for Economic and Social Rights
Emergency Campaign on Iraq
162 Montague St., 2nd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11201
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