Panel discussion: human rights and conflict

To what extent are human rights a domestic issue, and to what extent are they a concern of the international community; when is humanitarian intervention justified? Who can or should authorise humanitarian intervention?

On the 31st of October 2019, the third event in the series “conversations on conflict” took place at the Humanity Hub in the Hague, co-organized by LINKS Europe and the Security and Human Rights Monitor. The focus was  on Human Rights and Conflict, highlighting how human rights violations can be the cause of an outbreak of conflict, and the importance of respect for human rights in ensuring long-term sustainability in any resolution of violent conflict.

The panelists for the event were:

Dr Nienke van der Have, Senior Legal Specialist advising the Dutch Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations on human rights, and author of ‘The Prevention of Gross Human Rights Violations Under International Human Rights Law’;

Piet de Klerk, the current Chairman of the Netherlands Helsinki Committee, former Netherlands Ambassador-at-large (acting as Special Envoy for Counterterrorism), and the former Dutch Ambassador for Human Rights

Fulco van Deventer, Deputy Director and Co-founder of the Human Security Collective (HSC) and Associate Fellow at the International Center for Counter Terrorism (ICCT)

Each panelist opened with their thoughts and experiences in relation to the topic, before an open discussion with the audience.

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