Together with Imstar, AWAke Internaitonal, Dwars and Jonge Democraten, FFIPP NL is organizing a youth conference on Opportunities for Justice and Peace
Youth all over Europe has shown to be concerned with the human rights situation following from the Israeli occupation. This conference brings together youth from the Netherlands and Palestine to talk about these human rights issues, but also about the opportunities for justice and peace in the Middle-East.
The conference will address issues of international law, the role of the European Union and the Netherlands in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the case of businesses invested in illegal settlements. Next to lectures there will be workshops to give you a chance to participate and exchange thoughts with speakers. You will be joined by Palestinian youth to be able to hear their view on these issues.
We hope to welcome you and give you a chance to meet with other youth working on or interested in human rights issues in the Middle-East and perhaps even create a common vision.
The conference will take place on March 22nd 2014, from 10:00 until 17:00 at Academiegebouw Utrecht
The cost of participation is 5€. Costs include coffee and lunch. Sign up through this link after 28th of February 2014. Payment is done through ideal. Please note the form is in Dutch, for technical reasons. Please contact us if you have any trouble signing up.
Preliminary schedule, changes may occur:
10:30-11:00 Opening speech
11:00-12:30 Lectures: the role of the Netherlands and the EU, the role of international law in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and on investments in settlements
13:30-14.45 First round of workshops
14:45-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16:30 Second round of workshops
16:30-17:00 Plenary wrap-up
The speakers will be
Marcel Brus is professor of Public International Law and Academic Director at the University of Groningen. His research concentrates on a.o. the interaction between international law and politics, the development of international law as a system of law, international investment law and international dispute settlement.
Jeff Handmaker is a Senior Lecturer in Law, Human Rights and Development at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, part of Erasmus University Rotterdam. He has published several articles on a.o. the rights of Palestinian children and the illegal settlements.
Tiny Kox is a SP member of Parliament and part of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. He is PACE’s rapporteur on Palestine.
Riyad Mansour is a Palestinian-American and the Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations.
Carolien Roelants is a columnist for NRC and has been NRC Middle East editor nearly her whole life. She wrote several columns on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict recently.
Michiel Servaes is a member of the House of Representatives (Tweede Kamer) for the labor party (PvdA) and member of the commission for Foreign Affairs.
Sjoerd Sjoerdsma is a member of the House of Representatives for the democrat party (D66), member of the commission for Foreign Affairs and worked as a diplomat in Ramallah.
Mieke Zagt is Middle East expert at ICCO, board member for the Nuhanovic Foundation. ICCO was one of the organizations contributing to the recent report “Dutch institutional investors and investments related to the occupation of the Palestinian territories”.
For more information, visit http://www.youthforjusticeandpeace.nl
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