Amal Clooney to keynote Wings Luncheon benefiting New Friends New Life on April 14th 2016 in Dallas

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New Friends New Life announces that Amal Clooney will headline its 13th Annual WINGS Luncheon on Thursday, April 14, 2016, at the Hilton Anatole Dallas. She and her husband, famed actor and director, George Clooney, share a passion for philanthropic work with a focus on protecting human rights. This will be her first trip to Dallas.

The Honorable Jeanne Johnson Phillips will serve as luncheon chair for the second year in a row. Honorary Co-Chairs the former First Lady Laura Bush and Ruth Altshuler, also in their second year with the WINGS Luncheon, are joined this year by Caren Prothro and Annette Simmons as well as Board Chair Nancy Ann Hunt.

“As a human rights activist on a global scale, Amal Clooney is a perfect voice to advocate against a crime that is happening in our own backyard,” said Jeanne Johnson Phillips. “The subject of sex trafficking and the sex industry as a whole were rarely spoken of just a few years ago, but thanks to the incredible work of organizations like New Friends New Life and a corporate community that is willing to step forward with funding, we are making huge strides to end human trafficking in Dallas and throughout Texas and empower its survivors. Clooney’s knowledge, experience, and presentation will help us educate the community and send a strong message that Dallas is a no tolerance zone for human trafficking as we strive to protect our children, an estimated 400 teens on the streets each night – the most vulnerable targets of human traffickers.”

A Lebanese-British barrister, human rights activist, philanthropist, and author, Amal Clooney’s long and accomplished career in the fields of international law and human rights has won her international acclaim. Her recent work as of 2015 has been in the field of advocating for the protection of women against physical and sexual violence in combat zones.

“New Friends New Life is elated to bring Clooney to Dallas for so many reasons,” said New Friends New Life Chief Executive Officer Katie Pedigo. “She shares the organization’s passion to help women and children escape physical and sexual abuse, and her perspective, insight and international acclaim, along with her wide appeal to the public, will help us create an even greater awareness of this worldwide epidemic. Without question, this will enable us to raise more dollars to combat human trafficking in the Dallas area and throughout our state and nation.”

Serving more than 1,200 women and children annually, New Friends New Life provides holistic services for sexually exploited girls, women, and their children including access to education, job training, interim financial assistance, mental health and spiritual support. By partnering with law enforcement, corporate sponsors, community organizations and individual donors and volunteers, New Friends New Life helps to provide legal assistance, medical services, budget counseling, job-readiness training, and educational opportunities. The nonprofit’s High Risk and Trafficked Teen Girls Program offers sexual abuse recovery groups for adolescents, teaching girls, ages 12 to 17, how to define, recognize, and ultimately recover from abuse. The program is an intervention and prevention effort to help girls avoid a lifetime of exploitation as human trafficking victims.

Past WINGS luncheon speakers have included Kevin Costner, Sally Field, Barbara P. Bush, Nicholas Sparks, and Harriet Miers.

Sponsorships are available, ranging from $2,000 to $100,000. Contact Kelly Cruse at wings@newfriendsnewlife.org or (214) 965-0935 for more information.

Source New Friends New Life

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Amal Clooney talks human rights in Mideast speech 20.03.2016

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SHARJAH, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Advocate and lawyer Amal Clooney told an audience in the Middle East on Sunday that governments around the world should be vocal, consistent, principled and transparent about human rights.

Clooney was speaking at the opening of a government communications summit in the United Arab Emirates. She was a headline speaker at the annual event, which included the ruler of the emirate of Sharjah, Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.

“The first piece of advice I would have from my experience is that governments need to be vocal about human rights,” she said.

She said Arab countries are facing “an unprecedented human rights crisis.” She urged that criticism of ruling systems be met with dialogue, not prison terms, and that protests be met with “crowd control,” not bullets.

“My advice to you is not only to be vocal and consistent, but also to be principled in communications about human rights. The fourth suggestion I have is to be quick,” she said. “Governments must be prepared to be transparent and get their message out first.”

Clooney mentioned countries such as Sudan, Iran and North Korea in her 12-minute speech, however she made no specific references to rights abuses in Gulf Arab countries or the humanitarian toll of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen, which the UAE is taking part in.

U.N. human rights chief Zeid Raad al-Hussein condemned the “repeated failure” of the coalition to avoid hitting civilians after more than 100 people were killed in an airstrike on a crowded market Tuesday.

Source AP

From Amnesty United Arab States

“The authorities arbitrarily restricted freedom of expression, arresting and prosecuting government critics. A new law on combating discrimination and hatred imposed further limits on the rights to freedom of expression and association. Security forces subjected dozens of people to enforced disappearance. Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees was common. Prisoners of conscience remained imprisoned following unfair trials. Women faced discrimination in law and in practice. Migrant workers were inadequately protected by law and faced exploitation and abuse. The death penalty remained in force and there was one execution.”

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Amal Clooney criticized Iran and I received many messages from Iranian women mentioning “Women in Iran are educated, can drive and work”.

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Amal Alamuddin Clooney, writer, human rights activist, talks during the opening ceremony of the International Government Communications Forum in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, March 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

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Amal Clooney “Free Speech in Repressive Regimes” Conclave 2016

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Amal Clooney gave a speech at India Today Conclave 16 as latest topic of the evening with the title : “Free Speech in Repressive Regimes”

“Since 2010, there has been rise in assault on freedom of speech across the world — from Pakistan, which has witnessed most number of blasphemy cases, to Turkey whose government has seized Zamaan, the country’s largest daily, thus marking the end of democracy.”

And it did. When asked whether she would consider representing the JNU students charged with sedition, Amal Clooney said, “This is a completely hypothetical situation. It’s not happening here at all, is it? In any case, as my past cases show, I’m not one to shy away from controversy.

There has been no tradition of charging people on sedition in the country. And what’s happening now, with students who are protesting at campuses, is a step in the wrong direction.”

“It’s anachronistic. There should be no place for sedition in democracy. Line should not be drawn between freedom of speech and secession but between freedom of speech and inciting violence. There can be debates about changing governments and changing territories as long as they don’t call for violence.”

Amal Clooney also put her weight behind India’s claim for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council. She also hoped that young Indians would make “free speech their cause”.

While enumerating three highprofile cases she has fought to safeguard freedom of speech, including the one of former Maldives president Mohammed Nasheed, she said: “There are three Rs responsible for the crackdown on freedom of speech in today’s world — royalty, rulers and religion. The state needs to understand that stifling criticism can have serious repercussions.

Today, I see a lot of state squashing dissent by sending innocent men and women to prison.”

“Both of us (she and George Clooney) waited for a long time to make the ultimate plunge and get married. Even at our wedding, on both sides there were people who thought that we would never get married,” she said.

Amal Clooney also took questions on the upcoming US presidential elections, especially in the wake of the rise of Republican candidate Donald Trump, who has caused quite a ripples with his anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant statements.

“I read his anti-Muslim quotes. I just couldn’t believe what he said. He said ‘they’ a lot. Is Trump talking about Muslims who are part of the US army, those who are victims of extremist attacks?”

She added, “If it turns out to be Trump versus Hillary in the end, I’m hoping for the result to show the election of the first female president of the US.”

Source : DailyMail India

Some Amal’s quotes :

“Locking up dissenters does not stifle dissent”

“Being a human rights lawyer … I hope I will not meet any of you as clients”.

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Amal Clooney to visit India and take part in India Today Conclave 2016 on March 18th

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Amal Clooney is sheduled to visit India on March 18th as one of the speakers at the India Today Conclave. The two-day event will witness some of the finest minds come together to discuss and debate issues from around the world.

The conclave will provide an open platform for communication among the global experts from politicians to actors, according to organisers. “This edition of the India Today Conclave is firmly rooted in this millennium and looks ahead rather than at the past. The multi-sensory experience across two days will introduce new ways of communicating, interacting and debating,” said Conclave director Kalli Purie in a statement.

Kalli Purie added that the participants will get an opportunity to listen to bright minds and discuss new ideas. Amal Clooney will join  a line-up of 23 other speakers who will speak on various topics.

Along with the British-Lebanese lawyer, India Today Group has roped in French high-wire artist Philippe Petit. The latter’s life was the subject of recent Hollywood film “The Walk.”

For more information visit official website of the event

http://conclave.intoday.in/programme2016.html

Amal and George Clooney spotted leaving Nobu restaurant in Malibu 05.03.2016

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Amal and George Clooney were spotted leaving Nobu Restaurant in Malibu on March 6th after a dinner with friends Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber.

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“Nobu Malibu opened in October 1999 and has since recently transitioned from its original location to a new beachfront property located at 22706 Pacific Coast Highway. Views of the ocean are available from nearly every seat, with outdoor patio seating, an exterior lounge and floor to ceiling windows bordering our fourteen seat bar from the beautiful Pacific Ocean. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made up to one month in advance. The Sushi Bar and Bar area offer full menu dining and are on a first come first serve basis.”

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