Islamic Human Rights Commission
22 April 2009
Forwarded Alert: UN / Switzerland – Side event at Durban Review Conference: Racism, counter-terrorism and discrimination against Muslims: Action beyond Durban
Minority Rights Group International and the International Commission of Jurists invite you to a side event at the Durban Review Conference: Racism, counter-terrorism and discrimination against Muslims: action beyond Durban
24 April 2009
10:00 – 12:00
Room XXV, Palais des Nations
Asma Jahangir, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
Gerald Staberock, Director, Global Security and the Rule of Law Initiative, International Commission of Jurists
Kevin Boyle, Professor of International Law at Essex University and former Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights
Massoud Shadjareh, Chair, Islamic Human Rights Commission
chaired by Mark Lattimer, Executive Director, Minority Rights Group International
Days after the Durban conference, the attacks of 9/11 significantly changed global security priorities, and with it the perception of minority communities, in particular Muslim communities. Counter-terrorism measures since have led to allegations of racial profiling, attacks on freedom of religion, expression and association, and grave violations of rights to physical integrity.
This event will consider the human rights implications of these developments which were largely unforeseen at the time of the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action. It will consider whether there is the start of a consensus emerging now on what action can be taken post the Durban Review Conference to help safeguard the rights of vulnerable communities while preventing terrorism and other forms of violent conflict.
For more information contact:
Farah Mihlar – MRG Media Officer
T: +44 207 422 4205
M: +44 7870 596 863
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