Glenn Greenwald to Speak at Amnesty’s Annual Human Rights Conference

Amnesty International USA is bringing our membership to Chicago for our 2014 Human Rights Conference. This year, we’re talking about how we must forge change at home in order to have an impact globally.

And today, we are proud to announce that Glenn Greenwald will join the conference via video link from Brazil for a discussion about the U.S. government’s use of mass surveillance. Glenn will also discuss the federal government’s persecution of whistleblowers who seek to tell the truth about human rights violations. 

Glenn is a journalist, constitutional lawyer, commentator, and author of three New York Times best-selling books on politics and law. Next month, he’s set to release his fifth book, No Place to Hide, about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the documents disclosed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

From mass surveillance to mass incarceration, human rights must be restored, and Mr. Greenwald represents a commitment to justice that Amnesty shares.

Amnesty International is campaigning to end mass surveillance by the United States government and urging the Obama administration to respect the right to privacy of people everywhere, regardless of nationality or other discriminatory factors.

Our Human Rights Conference will take place from April 4-6. The theme is “Bringing Human Rights Home” and we will be focusing on strengthening the links between the local and global aspects of the human rights movement.

Amnesty is also calling on Congress to pass the USA Freedom Act, a bipartisan bill that would help to end the dragnet collection of information about personal r communications and require greater transparency from the administration.

Amnesty believes that any use of surveillance must be narrow in scope, subject to judicial review, and necessary and proportionate to a legitimate aim.

“I am honored to be asked to speak at Amnesty International USA’s annual conference. Amnesty’s work is vital in a world where human rights are constantly under threat.”

– Glenn Greenwald

We’re honored to have you Glenn. Join us in Chicago April 4-6 for our annual Human Rights Conference.

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