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Human rights leader Dr. Joseph Grieboski to speak at CU

By Joan C. McKinney
News from Campbellsville University

Campbellsville University will learn about major international human rights issues when Dr. Joseph Grieboski, founder and chair of the board of directors of the Institute on Religion and Public Policy in Washington, DC, speaks at the Kentucky Heartland Institute on Public Policy event Tuesday, April 6, 2010 at 5pmET/4pmCT, in the Banquet Hall of the Badgett Academic Support Center (former Student Union Building) at 110 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky.

Griesboski will also be the university's chapel speaker at 10amET/9amCT, Wednesday, April 7, 2010, in Ransdell Chapel at 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville. He will speak on the "Plight of the Persecuted Church" in the world. The public is invited to hear Grieboski's addresses on both April 6 and 7, 2010."Joe Grieboski's leadership has made the Institute on Religion and Public Policy (IRPP) a major player in the area of international human rights and religious liberty issues," John Chowning, vice president for church and external relations and executive assistant to the president at CU, said.

"Under Joe's leadership, the Institute has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize on a couple of occasions, and he brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the topics of human rights, religious liberty and plight of the persecuted church around the globe."

Chowning said, "It has been an honor for me to serve on the Institute's Board of Advisors for several years, and we are very grateful for the opportunity to host Joe to speak in a KHIPP forum and chapel service.

"Unfortunately, the violations of basic human rights and religious liberty are much too prevalent in today's world."

Grieboski's guiding principle for the Institute is that religious freedom is not simply a church-state issue, but involves the engagement of every segment of society to secure freedom of belief for each person.

As a religious freedom and human rights expert, he has testified before the United States Congress, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and many other legislative and international bodies.

Grieboski has traveled to Kosovo, China, South Sudan, Darfur and countless other areas to investigate the status of religious freedom.

He serves as the founder and secretary-general of the Interparliamentary Conference on Human Rights and Religious Freedom; editorial board member of the China Law and Religion Monitor; board member of the Committee for a Responsible Defense; and as a member of the Panel of Experts on International Religious Freedom of the United Kingdom's Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

He has lectured for the Close Up Foundation; the National Youth Leadership Forum on Defense, Intelligence, and Diplomacy; and the Washington Semester Program on Peace and Conflict Resolution at American University.

Grieboski has also served as a faculty member of the Boston University Institute on Religion and World Affairs (IRWA) Seminar "Religion and Democracy."

Before founding the Institute, Grieboski worked as director of the International Religious Liberty Program of the Center for Jewish and Christian Values.

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