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PDHRE Board of Directors, Advisory Board, Endorsers, Staff & Regional Offices

Board of Directors

Shulamith Koenig
Founder of PDHRE, Executive Director, President Emeritus
New York

Peter Leuprecht
Dean Faculty of Law, McGill University, Canada; formerly Director of human rights and Deputy to SG, Council of Europe. Rapporteur on Cambodia.

Kamal Hossain
Vice President
Lawyer, Former Foreign Minister of Bangladesh. Rapporteur on Pakistan

Betty Reardon
Vice President
Founding Member. Prof. of Peace & HR Education, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Daniel Solomon
Founding Member. Lawyer- Labor law expert and donor. USA.

Stephen Marks
Prof. of HR Int'l. Law and UN Studies, Columbia Univ. Formerly HR Division UNESCO.

Upendra Baxi
Philosopher of Law and Writer. Prof. of Law, Warwick University, Formerly Vice Chancellor Delhi University - India

Wolfgang Benedek
Professor, Director ETC, European Training Center for Human Rights and Democracy, Graz , Austria, affiliates of PDHRE Europe

Fantu Cheru
Professor of African and Development Studies. American University, Washington DC; Rapporteur on Structural Adjustments and Debt.

Susana Chiarotti
President of CLADEM, a Latin American 17 country women's network- Argentina

Ivanka Corti
Former Chair of CEDAW and currently member of CEDAW - Italy

Virginia B. Dandan
Chairperson, United Nations Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, Philippines.

Richard Goldstone
Justice, Constitutional Court of South Africa.

Iva Kaufman
A founding member of PDHRE, Media Consultant- New York

Miloon Kothari
Habitat International Coalition, Chair of the Committee on eviction & housing, Geneva, Delhi

Catherine Lalumiere
Member of the European Parliament, former Secretary General of the Council of Europe, France.

Walter Lichem
Director, UN Office of the Foreign Ministry of Austria, Former Ambassador of Austria to Canada, Formerly of UNDP

Minar Pimple
Founder / Director of YUVA, Youth Unity for Voluntary Action, Mumbai, India. Director PDHRE South Asia.

Adama Sanassekou
Former Minister of Basic Education, Republic of Mali, President PDHRE/ Africa.

Danilo Turk
UN Assistant Secretary General for Political affairs. Former Ambassador of Slovenia to the UN. Law Prof.

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Kathleen Modrowski
Professor, Social Anthropologist, Long Island University, NY

Rebeca Rios Kohn
Director human rights, Division of Governance, UNDP. Formerly Legal advisor UNICEF, Uruguay

Madeleine Spiegler
Writer, Researcher, Educator: Social History and Women's Studies. French

Elsa Stamatopoulou
Director, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Office, New York, Greece

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P. N. Bhagwati
Willy Brandt
Jimmy Carter
Rosalynn Carter
Adolfo Perez-Esquivel

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Advisory Board

Fatma Alloo
Tanzania Media Women's Association (TAMWA)

Theo Van Boven
Professor of Law, Netherlands, and former Director of UN Centre for Human Rights

Thomas Bergenthal
George Washington University, USA

Elis Boulding

Richard Claude
Professor Emeritus, University of Maryland, USA

Adama Dieng
Director, ICJ, Switzerland

F. Robert Drinan
Georgetown University Law Center, USA

Asbjorn Eide
Director, Norwegian Institute for Human Rights, Norway

Richard Falk
Institute of Advanced Studies, Princeton University, USA

Marvin Frankel
Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, USA

Cheri Honkala
Executive Director Kensington Welfare Rights Uniion, KWRU

Paul Martin
Director, Human Rights Center, Columbia University, USA

Abraham Magendzo
Director of PIE in Chile

Veronica Matus
Member, Human Rights Commission, Chile

Vitit Muntarbhorn
Chulalongkorn University, Faculty of Law, Thailand

Sonia Picado
Ambassador to the U.S., Costa Rica

Loretta Ross
Executive Director, Center for Human Rights Education, Atlanta, USA

Cancada Trindade
Director of Inter-American Institute, Costa Rica

Ann Walker
International Women Tribune Center, USA

Achi Yotm
Adler Institute, Israel

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Shulamith Koenig, Founder and Executive Director
Louise Nylin, Program Assistant

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PDHRE Regional Offices

PDHRE- Latin America. This Regional Office is in collaboration with:


The Institute of Gender, Law and Development in Rosario Argentina, promotes women's rights through law and policy reform and works to bring about the domestic application of international human rights norms for the achievements of women’s rights. The institute conducts on-going seminars and training on cultural, civil, economic, political and social human rights from a gender perspective, and promotes advocacy and action on these issues as related to women’s lives.

Contact Person: Ms Susana Chiarotti
Rosario, Argentina
Tel/Fax: +54 341 4370 874


PDHRE- South Asia. This Regional Office in collaboration with:


YUVA, based in Mumbai and Nagpur, India, is dedicated to educating and empowering street children and developing advocacy and policy on the issue of child labour. Over the years it has worked with more then 40,00 children, training youth to develop self-help educational programs, support groups, and hotlines on issues of heath and child labour. It also conducts training for marginalized groups such as the Dalit people in slum areas, focusing on systemic change towards poverty alleviation with a special focus on women’s issues in these communities.

Contact Person: Mr. Minar Pimple
YUVA, Mumbai, India
Tel: +91.22.414 3498/ 4155250, fax: +91-22-413 5314
Email: yuva@vsnl.com


PDHRE-Africa. This Regional Office, was newly established in Bamako, Mali, on June 22, 2000, for the purpose of promoting Human Rights Education, in particular through the creation of the Institut Africain d' Apprentissage de l' Education aux Droits Humains /African Learning Institute for Human Rights Education (INAFAEDH/ALIHRE)

Leadership of the team includes several members who participated actively in the creation of the national initiative. Its goal is the promotion of HRE using the "PDHRE approach", and taking into account Malian and African realities and positive values, in particular the values of solidarity, sharing and consensus.

Mr. Adama Samassekou, former Minister of Basic Education, is the President of PDHRE/DPEDH-Mali and assumes the responsibility of establishing the National Institute for the INAFAEDH/ALIHRE.

The leadership of the organization includes several of the original participants in the creation of the national initiative.  Mr. Adama Samassekou, until recently Minister of Basic Education, has been named director of PDHRE Mali and will be responsible for establishing ALIHRE.

Contact Person:
Adama Samassekou
PDHRE Mali/ Africa
BP E 214, Bamako, Mali
Tel/Fax: (223) 23 16 63
Mobile: (223) 77 48 70


PDHRE- Europe.  In partnership with ETC European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy

Contact Person: Prof. Wolfgang Benedeck
Schubertstrasse 29,
A-8010 Graz, Austria.
tel.: 0043 316 380 3419, fax: 0043 316 380 9455
e-mail: gerd.oberleitner@kfunigraz.ac.at


PDHRE- South East Asia and Pacific is now in formation. The creation of the PDHRE office has been undertaken by Member of the PDHRE Board and Chairperson of the ESCR Committee.

Contact Person: Virginia B. Dandan
15 A Bautista, U.P. Campus
University of Philippines
Diliman, Quezon City 1101
Tel: (632) 434-6981 (work) Tel: (632) 926-1110 (home)
Fax: (632) 434-7981

For more information, please contact PDHRE:

The People's Movement for Human Rights Education (PDHRE) / NY Office
Shulamith Koenig / Executive Director
526 West 111th Street, New York, NY 10025, USA
tel: +1 212.749-3156; fax: +1 212.666-6325
e-mail: pdhre@igc.org