Media Advisory - Human rights advocate Louise Arbour to address PSAC convention



    VANCOUVER, April 27 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Louise Arbour,
acclaimed human rights expert, former Supreme Court Justice, outgoing UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights and incoming President of the International
Crisis Group, will address the Public Service Alliance of Canada's National
Triennial Convention on Tuesday, April 28 at 2:00 p.m.
    Louise Arbour recently completed a four-year term as United Nations High
Commissioner for Human Rights. In July 2009, she will become President and
Chief Executive Officer of the International Crisis Group.
    A Canadian national, Arbour began her academic career in 1974. In 1987,
she was nominated Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Osgoode Hall Law
School of York University in Toronto, Canada. In December of 1987, she was
appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario (High Court of Justice) and in 1990
she was appointed to the Court of Appeal for Ontario. In 1995, Arbour was
appointed Commissioner to conduct an inquiry into the Prison for Women in
Kingston, Ontario.
    In 1996, she was appointed by the Security Council of the United Nations
as Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former
Yugoslavia and for Rwanda. In 1999, she was appointed to the Supreme Court of
Canada.
    "The western world is emerging from a decade of intense preoccupation
with its security, focused principally on the threat caused by international
terrorism, to face an economic crisis of unprecedented proportion since the
Second World War," says Arbour. "These two issues mirror the fundamental
freedoms articulated by President Roosevelt as 'freedom from fear' and
'freedom from want', which became the pillars of the Universal Declaration on
Human Rights. The time has come to broaden our understanding of security to
embrace both civil and political rights as well as social and economic rights,
both at home and abroad."

    
    WHAT:     Address by the Honourable Louise Arbour

    WHEN:     Tuesday, April 28, 2009, 2:00 p.m.

    WHERE:    PSAC National Triennial Convention
              Vancouver Convention & Exhibit Centre, West Building
    

    A media room will be set up at all times during the convention and will
be equipped with a television monitor with live coverage from the convention
floor. Media badges and kits will be available upon registration in the media
room. PSAC staff members will be on hand to provide assistance.
    The full agenda for PSAC's 15th National Triennial Convention is
available online: http://www.psac.com/convention2009/home-e.asp




For further information:

For further information: Ariel Troster, PSAC Communications, (613)
292-8363 (cell)


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