Freedom Through Democracy and Human Rights

January 14, 2013
Hosted by Audrey E. Kitagawa

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In the midst of seeing his country's "descent into hell," from 1965-1997, under the totalitarian rule of Dictator Mobutu Sese Seko, of the Democratic Republic of Congo, attorney Jean Mbuyu, was imprisoned when he sought an explanation for the massacre of civilians in the city of Lubumbashi. Providing an oral history of life under Mobutu, Mr. Mbuyu has dedicated his life to the promotion and preservation of the rule of law, human rights, and justice. Though the Congo is one of the world's wealthiest countries in natural resources, the people endured extreme poverty while Mobuto amassed incredible wealth. Infrastructure, schools, hospitals, and public services deteriorated, and have not yet been fully restored. Mr. Mbuyu was part of an investigation into Mobutu's foreign bank holdings, but until today, no one knows where all of the monies were secreted. Mr. Mbuyu seeks to improve the lives of others through his belief in the fundamental rights of people to be free from oppression.

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Audrey E. Kitagawa

Audrey E. Kitagawa

Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Audrey E. Kitagawa, is a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, and a graduate of Boston College Law School. She practiced law in Honolulu for twenty years. At the time of her retirement in 1996, Ms. Kitagawa had a Martindale-Hubbel AV rating, (i.e. highest rating for professional and ethical excellence in the legal profession). She is President of the Light of Awareness International Spiritual Family, a nondenominational, ecumenical, spiritual community with broad global outreach. She is the former Advisor to the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict at the United Nations, and the former Vice President/Trustee of Council For A Parliament of The World’s Religions, one of the world’s largest conveners of communities of faith. She is currently a Founding Trustee of the New York City Peace Museum.

She has been enstooled into the royal family as the Nekoso Hemaa (i.e.Queen Mother of Development), of Ajiyamanti in Ghana, West Africa, and has a school named after her in her African name, the Nana Ode Anyankobea Junior Secondary School. She has published articles in World Affairs, The Journal of International Issues. She has authored chapters for three books, and has been listed in Who's Who of American Law, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, and Prominent People of Hawaii.

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