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International Conference on the Future of Human Rights

The International Conference on the Future of Human Rights, will be held on Thursday 16 and Friday 17 June, in the Library reading room of the European Parliament (located in Spinelli D fifth floor). This is the first joint conference in an annual series organized by Fight Impunity Organization and the European Parliamentary Research Service, with the participation of No Peace without Justice. The conference will bring together representatives from European Union and United Nations, international experts, academics, civil-society representatives, and actors engaged in the process of defending human rights and fighting against impunity worldwide. The protection of human rights and the fight against impunity are today, more than ever, a very major pressing global challenge and one that needs to be highlighted and addressed with urgency. In recent months, we have seen a very significant growth in grave human rights violations of various kinds, and the purpose of this conference will be to shed light on such abuse, to foster a better-informed public debate on this subject, and to help generate a greater commitment to prioritise it with appropriate resources internationally. Fight Impunity and the European Parliamentary Research Service hope to send an important signal and equally that this event may prove to be one of many opportunities to help amplify the voice of human rights defenders and others engaged on these pressing issues around the globe. Please, register here to attend the conference (before June 11th at 6:00 pm): You can also attend this event online on Interactio, with no need for registration. Please click on the following link: (only active on the days of the conference). PROGRAMME THURSDAY 16 JUNE - Afternoon

14:00 - 15:00 Introduction:

  • Anthony Teasdale, Director-General, European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS)

  • Pierantonio Panzeri, Chair of Fight Impunity Organisation

  • Niccolò Figà Talamanca, Secretary General of No Peace without Justice

Official opening session:

  • Roberta Metsola, MEP, President of the European Parliament

  • David Miliband, President and CEO of the International Rescue Committee

  • Eamon Gilmore, EU Special Representative for Human Rights

  • Dr. Denis Mukwege, Nobel Peace Prize 2018 and Sakharov Prize 2014

15:00 - 16:30 First session: The state of human rights worldwide Chair: Isabel Santos, MEP

  • Silvia Contrafatto, lawyer and researcher, Investigative and Research Department of theBuenos Aires School of Law

  • Manfred Nowak, Secretary General, Global Campus of Human Rights

  • Flavia Pansieri, Former United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

  • Nader Nadery, Human Rights activist and former Peace Negotiator, Afghanistan

16:30 - 18:00 Second session: Discussion on war crimes and the fight against impunity Chair: Maria Soraya Rodriguez Ramos, MEP

  • Stephan Parmentier, Professor of Criminology and Human Rights, University of Leuven

  • Cesar Sivo, Human Rights lawyer

  • Alison Smith, Legal Counsel and Director for International Criminal Justice, No Peace without Justice

FRIDAY 17 JUNE - Morning 09:30 - 11:00 Third session: The interconnection between human rights and social rights Chair: Sara Matthieu, MEP (TBC)

  • Roberto Smeraldi, Environmental activist, Vice-President of Instituto Atá

  • Luca Visentini, Secretary General, European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC)

  • Malcolm Langford, Professor of Public Law, University of Oslo; Director of the Centre on Experiential Legal Learning (CELL)

  • Marcio Monzane, President, Centre for Organization and Strategy, UNI Global Union

12:00 - 13:30 Fourth session: Threats to peace and democracy Chair: Leopoldo López Gil, MEP

  • Nadia Volkova, lawyer, founder and Director of Ukrainian Legal Advisory Group (ULAG)

  • Ayman Nour, former Presidential candidate and the Chair of the Egyptian National Alliance(ENA)

  • Adam Lupel, Vice-President of the International Peace Institute (IPI)

  • Shada Islam, Visiting Professor, College of Europe (Bruges)

FRIDAY 17 JUNE - Afternoon 15:00 - 16:30 Fifth session - A new approach to human rights at EU and global level Chair: Eliana Capretti, EU public affairs and communications consultant

  • Ana Valéria Araujo, Executive Director, Fundo Brasil de Direitos Humanos

  • Ghada Aoun, Judge and Mount Lebanon's state prosecutor

  • Javier El Hage, Chief Legal & Policy Officer of the Human Rights Foundation

  • Alexandra Kirby, Senior Programme Manager, European Endowment for Democracy (EED)

16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break 17:00 – 18:00 Closing session Reports from thematic sessions • Maria Arena, MEP, Chair of the EP Subcommittee on Human Rights


Day 1 :

Meet our Speakers - day 1
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Day 2:

Meet our Speakers - day 2
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