UK Event: IHRC Conference – Human Rights and Israel at 60: A look at the conflicting paths of two contemporaneous projects

Islamic Human Rights Commission

Human Rights and Israel at 60:
A look at the conflicting paths of two contemporaneous projects

2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Islamic Human Rights Commission’s conference looks at both projects in a critical and contemporary light. All those interested in human rights and justice from activists, to students and academics are invited to attend and discuss what human rights mean in the context of Palestine-Israel, and what the violation of these rights means of the project of universal human rights.

IHRC researchers will present brief overviews of aspects of international human rights norms like freedom of movement, the right to life, land and water and global progress towards the universalisation of these rights. Those with direct experience from Palestine-Israel are invited to address what the violation of these rights mean in a practical sense.

Among those attending are:

Jennifer Loewenstein from the University of Wisconsin, talking about her experiences in Gaza in the aftermath of extrajudicial killings;
Meir Margalit from ICAHD talking about house demolitions;
Yehudit Keshet from Checkpoint Watch, on the operation of checkpoints and the paralysis of movement for Palestinians;
Daud Abdullah from the Palestinian Return Centre on refugee rights;
Michael Warschawski on the problem of the right of self-determination and its realization as chauvinistic nationalism in state form.

The conference takes place at the Islamic Centre of England, 140 Maida Vale, London, W9 1QB on 4th May 2008, starting at 11am to 6pm. Lunch and refreshments will be provided, entry is free and breakout rooms with relay are provided with attendees with children.


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