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MRG at Durban review conference

24 April 2009

Minority Rights Group International (MRG) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) cordially invite you to a side event at the Durban Review Conference: ‘Racism, counter-terrorism and discrimination against Muslims: action beyond Durban’.

When: Friday 24 April 2009, 10:00-12:00

Where: Room XXV, Palais des Nations

  • Asma Jahangir, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
  • Gerald Staberock, Director Global Security and the Rule of Law Initiative, International Commission of Jurists
  • Kevin Boyle, Professor of International Law at Essex University and former Special Adviser to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights
  • Massoud Shadjareh, Chair, Islamic Human Rights Commission
  • Mark Lattimer, Executive Director, Minority Rights Group International (Moderator)

Days after the Durban conference, the attacks of 9/11 significantly changed global security priorities, and with it the perception of minority communities, in particular Muslim communities. Counter-terrorism measures since have led to allegations of racial profiling, attacks on freedom of religion, expression and association, and grave violations of rights to physical integrity. This event will consider the human rights implications of these developments which were largely unforeseen at the time of the Durban Declaration and Plan of Action. It will consider whether there is the start of a consensus emerging now on what action can be taken post the Durban Review Conference to help safeguard the rights of vulnerable communities while preventing terrorism and other forms of violent conflict.

For more information, contact the MRG Press Office on [email protected].