Dec 8, 2015
6:00pm - 7:30pm    |    Ford Foundation Building, 320 East 43rd Street, New York, NY 10017

This lecture is held annually with­ the aim of bringing together leading human rights activists, policy makers, academics, and practitioners to explore issues at the forefront of the debate on transitional justice.

We are very pleased to announce that this year’s speaker is UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. He previously served as the President of the UN Security Council and the first President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.

In conversation with leading international journalist Indira Lakshmanan, the UN High Commissioner will discuss the state of the field of human rights and the fight against impunity, which includes his recent warning that unless dramatic change occurs in approach, the international community risks becoming inconsequential in the face of mounting violations.

It is noteworthy in this regard that the UN High Commissioner pointed to Syria, in his opening speech to the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council, as the stark reminder that — despite horrific human rights violations that have been investigated, enumerated, and discussed — the international community has failed to act. In an ICTJ online debate earlier this year, perhaps as signs of hope, he remarked that significant steps have been taken in the pursuit of accountability at the national level that would have been unthinkable only a decade ago.

Lakshmanan, as a foreign correspondent for National Public Radio, Bloomberg News, and The Boston Globe, has reported from over 80 countries and interviewed Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.

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