Pier Antonio Panzeri
Founder and President of FIGHT IMPUNITY, Mr. Panzeri began his career as Secretary General of the Milan Metropolitan Chamber of Labour (from 1995 to 2003), responsible for European policies (2003-2004).
Since 1997 he has been president of the cultural association "Archivio del Lavoro". As head of European policies of the italian trade union CGIL he deepens the issues related to the enlargement of the European Union to 25 countries, with particular attention to the issues of work, social conditions, fundamental rights of citizens.
In 2004 he was elected to the European Parliament in the North-West region, receiving 105,000 votes. From 2004 to 2009 he held the following positions: Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs; Deputy Member of the Internal Market Commission (IMCO); Member of the Delegation for relations with the United States; Member of the Foreign Affairs Commission (AFET); Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries (DMAG); Deputy Member of the Delegation for relations with the countries of South East Asia (ASEAN).
In 2014, he was re-elected to the European elections with 77,102 votes, and held the following positions: President Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI); Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET); Member of the Delegation for relations with the Maghreb countries and the Arab Maghreb Union (DMAG); Member of the Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Union for the Mediterranean (DMED).
In September 2019, he founded a non-profit organisation in Brussels, called "FIGHT IMPUNITY : association against impunity and for transitional justice"
Denis Mukwege is a Congolese gynecologist, Pentecostal pastor and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2018. After the First Congo War began, he returned to Bukavu due to violent incidents, and founded the Panzi Hospital in 1999. Since its foundation, Panzi Hospital has treated more than 82,000 patients with complex gynecological damage and trauma, an estimated 60 percent of injuries has been caused by sexual violence. Most of the patients of that time were coming from conflict zones. In 2018, Mukwege and Iraqi Yazidi human rights activist Nadia Murad were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for "their efforts to end the use of sexual violence as a weapon of war and armed conflict".
Bernard Guy Georges Cazeneuve is a French politician and lawyer who served as Prime Minister of France from 6 December 2016 to 10 May 2017. He began his legal career at the People's Bank before joining the ministerial offices. He then became technical consultant to Thierry de Beaucé in 1991, Secretary of State for International Cultural Relations, in 1992 Chief of Staff to Alain Vivien, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, and in 1993 he was appointed Secretary General of the Nautical and Water Sports Council under the then Secretary of State for the Sea, Charles Josselin. He was first elected in 1997 to the National Assembly representing the 5th constituency of the Manche department, then became Mayor of Cherbourg-Octeville in 2001. He was appointed Minister of European Affairs on 16 May 2012, under the government of Laurent Fabius. On the same day that Manuel Valls resigned, President François Hollande instructed Cazeneuve to set up a new executive: the Cazeneuve government was born, with the task of leading the country for a few months, until the 2017 electoral round.
Emma Bonino is currently a Senator in the Italian parliament and former European commissioner. A veteran legislator in Italian politics and an activist for various reform policies, she was elected six times as deputy and two times as senator. Bonino was elected to the European Parliament in 1979 and re-elected in 1984 and 1999. She served as the Secretary of the Transnational Radical Party in 1993–94 and the party's president in 1991–1993. In October 1994, she was appointed head of the Italian Government delegation to the UN General Assembly for the "Moratorium on death penalty" initiative. From 1994 to 1999, she was European Commissioner responsible for Consumer Policy, Fisheries and the European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO). In 1997, her field of competence was widened to include consumer health protection and food safety. Along with Marco Pannella, another member of the Radical Party, Bonino has fought numerous battles for civil rights and individual liberty such as the end to capital punishment, end of the female genital mutilation, and the eradication of world hunger.
Dimitris Avramopoulos is a Greek politician and former EU Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship in the Juncker Commission between 2014 and 2019. In 1980, Avramopoulos joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Athens, where he worked until 1993 when he was promoted to director of the Prime Minister of Greece Const. Mitsotakis Diplomatic Office.
In 1993 he resigned from the diplomatic service and ran for deputy.He was elected member of the Parliament and in 1994 he was elected Mayor of Athens for two full terms until 2002.
When in 2004 New Democracy won the parliamentary elections, Avramopoulos was appointed Minister of Tourism, serving until 2006, and afterwards, from 2006 until 2009, as Minister of Health and Social Solidarity ,from 2011-2012 as Minister of Defence,from 2012-2013 as Minister of For.Affairs .from 2013-2014 as Minister of Defence.From the outset of his political career, Avramopoulos served for twenty years as Honorary President of the Athens’ International Prize for Democracy for UNESCO in Paris (until 2013). He has also been Chairman of the Steering Committee on Cities´ Diplomacy,created on his own initiative and established by the Global Forum (Rome) and the World Bank Institute (Washington D.C.).
Mr. Avramopoulos is the founder of the Global Union of Olympic Cities and Permanent Honorary President. On 27 July 2014, Prime Minister Antonis Samaras nominated Avramopoulos as Greece's next member of the European Commission and Jean-Claude Juncker then nominated him European Commissioner for Migration,Home Affairs and Citizenship.. In this capacity, Avramopoulos shared among his other responsibilities competency over counter-terrorism, cyber-security matters with all EU member states,USA and UK.
Federica Mogherini served as High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission from 2014 to 2019. She previously served as Italy's Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation from February 2014 to October 2014. She was a Member of the Chamber of Deputies (MP) from 2008 to 2014. In 2020 she becomes rector of the College of Europe, which operates in Bruges (Belgium) and Natolin (Poland). In 2022, she joined as Honorary Board member, Fight Impunity organization.
Cecilia Wikström served as Member of the European Parliament from 2009 until 2019, representing the Liberal Party of Sweden, part of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe. Between 2002 and 2009, Wikström was a member of the Swedish Parliament for the Liberal People's Party (today simply the Liberals)., representing the county of Uppsala. She was elected on a personal preferential vote in 2006 and her personal vote was highest in the parliament at that time. In 2006 until 2009 she was deputy Chairman of the Committee on Cultural Affairs and substitute member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs. Wikström has been very engaged in questions relating to freedom of expression, in Sweden as well as in other countries. Cecilia Wikström got her Bachelor of Theology at the Department of Theology at Uppsala University in 1993. She has had various positions in the Church of Sweden, such as parish minister, university chaplain, prison chaplain, and canon of the Uppsala Cathedral. In the European Parliament, Wikström was from 2009 to 2014 a full member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE) and the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI), where she also served as the coordinator of the Renew Europe group.
From 2014-2019, Wikström chaired the Conference of Committee Chairs, and in this capacity she was responsible for the legislative process in all of the committees of the EP. She was given the trust to negotiate on Interinstitutional matters between the EP, Council and Commission. She is currently the Executive Director of Kjell and Märta Beijer Foundation, dealing with sciences and culture in Sweden, Chair of the European Institute of Public Administration, EIPA, in Maastricht/Luxembourg and Chair of the Alva Myrdal Centre at Uppsala University. Since May 2021, she has been appointed as Fight Impunity Honorary Member.
Mrs. Isabel Santos is since 2019 a Member of the European Parliament where she performs, among others, the role of Chair of the Delegation for relations with the Mashreq countries, Member of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Subcommittee on Human Rights, the Delegation to the Eurolat Parliamentary Assembly and is the European Parliament Rapporteur for Albania.
Previously, Mrs. Santos was a Member of the Portuguese Parliament (between 2005-2011 and 2015-2019) having, simultaneously, carried out the roles of both Vice-President of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly and President of the Commission on Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions of the OSCE.
Within Mrs. Santos’ areas of interest there are, among others, Human Rights, Foreign Affairs, the Rule of Law, and Migrations.
Haydee Silvia Contrafatto is an Argentinian Lawyer. She graduated from Buenos Aires University. She holds a Master in Human Rights from the National University of Comahue, Argentina and a Ph.D. in International Public Rights from the National University of Mendoza, Argentina.
In 2008 she attended the International Criminal Court in The Hague as a visiting professional which then allowed her to be invited to The States Parts Assembly also held at the aforementioned Court.
From 2003 to 2018 she attended The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) in New York City.
From 2009 to 2014 she held the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights at the National University of Comahue, Argentina and was distinguished professor at the National University of Rio Negro from 2006 until 2017.
In 2012 she was a receiver of the Yad Vashem International School scholarship in Holocaust Studies in Jerusalem, Israel.
During 2015, two important events continued to shape her path; becoming a member of an expert group roundtable who analyzed The Principles of International Criminal Justice. This was held at the Baltazar Garzon Foundation in Buenos Aires presided by Baltazar Garzon himself. The second one was the invitation from Ecuador’s General Prosecutor which was about developing ideas for the possible creation of a Latin American Criminal Court in UNASUR.
Dr. Contrafatto has written several articles about Human Rights, ICC, International Criminal Law, and Habeas Data. Co-Author of different books with an extensive range of subjects that go from Human Rights within the Women’s Penitentiary System to the violation of human rights by multinational companies who practice fracking in Latin America.
She was a member of the Jury in the International Competition ‘Victor Carlos Garcia Moreno’’ on Criminal Court Procedure which takes place in the National University of Mexico (UNAM). She currently and actively continues her work as a researcher inside the Investigative and Research Department of the Buenos Aires School of Law within the University of Buenos Aires.