Civil liberties consideration for conference site selection

As library professionals, we should be considering the importance of the civil liberties of country, province/state/territory, or city when choosing a conference site. This issue was addressed in a recent article on the ARL News website on December 6, 2017. On behalf of the Association for Research Libraries (ARL), Mary Ann Mavrinac, ARL president, Gerald Beasley, chair of the ARL Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and Ed Van Gemert, chair of the ARL Advocacy and Public Policy Committee, issued a letter to the International Federation of Libraries Association (IFLA) via president Glòria Pérez-Salmerón in opposition of the 2018 World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) being held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The ARL letter cites the dangerous and discriminatory laws toward individuals that identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning, or intersex (LGBTQI) in addition to the government censorship and violation of privacy and confidentiality. The ARL letter states the importance of a safe environment where the freedom of expression is valued for all participants.

For more information please see the following links:
ARL News

US Department of State: Malaysia 2016 Human Rights Report