Human rights and international law at the coal face – in the UN and in Palestinian human rights activity
Both speakers will share their experiences of using and engaging with human rights law in their respective work environments – at the coal face.
Hillel Neuer is the executive director of UN Watch, a human rights NGO in Geneva, Switzerland. Mr Neuer appears regularly before the United Nations Human Rights Council, intervening for the victims of Darfur, the rights of women, political prisoners in China, Russia and Zimbabwe and the cause of Middle East peace. Mr Neuer has taught international human rights at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, and in 2008 was elected Vice-President of the Conference of NGOs’ Special Committee on Human Rights in Geneva, on which he served until 2011. Since 2009, Neuer has represented 25 human rights groups as chair of the annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy.
Bassem Eid is director of the Jerusalem-based Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group. Born in Jerusalem, he spent the first 33 years of his life in the UNRWA Shuafat Refugee Camp in Jerusalem. He became a prominent figure during the first Intifada, the Palestinian uprising, as senior field researcher for B’Tselem, the Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. He has publicly condemned the widespread killing of Palestinian collaborators, often for reasons unrelated to the Intifada. In response to the deterioration in the human rights situation under the Palestinian Authority, he founded the Palestinian Human Rights Monitoring Group, which monitors abuses committed by the PA, and also deals to some extent with Israel. It is a nonpartisan human rights organisation, dedicated to exposing human rights violations and supporting a democratic and pluralistic Palestine.