Muwatin Institute to hold 24th conference on human rights’ history and future

Muwatin Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at Birzeit University announced that it will hold its 24th annual conference on Friday and Saturday, October 5-6, 2018, on the university campus. The conference is entitled “Seven Decades since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: The History and Future of Human Rights and Palestine.”

The conference tackles questions related to the fate of human rights seven decades after the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) . It will reflect on the UDHR’s implications, impact, achievements, and failures, and consider the UDHR’s future and human responsibilities toward it. Although the UDHR has formed the cornerstone of a global movement to recognize human rights, protect human dignity, defend freedoms, and safeguard human lives, it has also illustrated the shortcomings characteristic of international treaties drafted during the colonial era.

Professors and researchers from different disciplines will review the human rights paradigm in the local and international contexts. The discussion will focus on the prospects of implementing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its role and place in the context of the Palestinian liberation, as well as offering a better future for Palestinians and the world.

The conference will include a wide array of activities, such as an exhibition on environmental pollution in Palestine, a booth for the Right to Enter Campaign, and a book fair showcasing Muwatin’s publications.