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Update on State Department-OIC Conference in DC: "The Istanbul Process"
by Ann Snyder
The Legal Project recently reported that the Obama Administration would be holding meetings this week in Washington on "implementing" UN Human Rights Council Resolution 16/18. (See Why is the Obama Administration Giving the OIC a Say in Our Right to Free Speech?) On December 13th, Nina Shea, Director of Hudson Institute's Center for Religious Freedom, reported on the first session of the three-day, closed-to-the-public conference called "The Istanbul Process."
According to Shea, her ability to report on the details is limited by the fact she has only been invited to attend the opening and closing sessions, and attendees were asked to follow "Chatham House Rules," which "forbid releasing anything about a specific delegation or quoting for attribution." So much for the transparency Obama promised! These sessions should not be happening at all, but as they proceed they should be open to the public.
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