At the end of this turbulent year and celebrating Human Rights day, we would like to devote our last 2015 HagueTalk to the state of Human rights in the world.
Margaret Sekaggya is a founding member and Executive Director of the Human Rights Centre Uganda. She is also the former United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights Defenders. Margaret is visiting the Hague because she is a jury member of the Human rights Tulip, a Dutch state prize for human rights activists that will be awarded on Human rights day, 10 December. Margaret will elaborate on the current situation of Human rights in Africa and the importance of such a prize for Human Rights Defenders. Shahzad Ahmad is Director of Bytes for All, a human rights organisation that campaigns against internet censorship in Pakistan. He has brought a case to court claiming that the banning of You Tube is against the Pakistan constitution. Pakistan constitution includes the right to freedom of expression. Pakistan breaking news usually first comes on citizen journalism platforms, not on mainstream news sites. From a human rights perspective these channels are very important. Farida Mahri is the deputy rector of Fahmina Institute of Islamic Studies (ISIF) in Indonesia, a higher education institute on Islamic Studies focusing on issues of Islam, democracy and plurality. She will speak about the relationship between human rights and religion, drawing from personal experiences working in Indonesia. She will offer key lessons from her interpretations of Islam, and how this has shaped her approach to human rights work.
Join us in the dialogue on how we all can contribute to human rights.
Registrations are open: email@example.com. Seats are limited as always. First come first serve!