Events

International conferences, webinars and workshops organized by the Minority Network and partners as part of the project “Inclusive Citizenship and Human Rights”:

2020

International webinar

Starvation as a method of war and vulnerable communities in Syria and Yemen

7 December 2020

In connection with the Nobel Peace Prize award 2020 to the World Food Program (WFP) and in preparation for Norway taking up a seat at the UN Security Council in January of 2021, the Minority Network at the Norwegian Centre for Holocaust and Minority-studies (HL-senteret) and the Norwegian Academy of International Law (NAIL) co-organized an international expert webinar on starvation as a weapon of war.

The webinar brought together international experts to discuss the return of starvation as a method of war in Yemen and Syria. The objective was to compare how deliberate strategies to deprive food disproportionately affect vulnerable communities in the in Syria and Yemen, and to discuss measures available to address prevention, enforcement and accountability in order to bring this scourge of war to a halt.

2019

International workshops

The right of linguistic minorities in education

Erbil, Iraq / KRG, 8 – 9 April 2019
Organized with Alliance of Iraqi Minorities (AIM) and Norwegian People’s Aid Erbil office as local partners, and with participation from international partners, including the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues and a representative from Minority Rights Group International (MRG).

Inter-faith understanding and dialogue

Dohuk, Iraq / KRG, 12 – 13 April 2019

Organized in collaboration with Norwegian Church Aid’s Dohuk office as local partner, and with cooperation from local Yazidi activists in recruiting participants. Among the participants were Christian, Muslim, Yazidi, Kakei and Sabaean Mandaean youth.

Rights of children born on genocidel rape

Oslo, Norway / 5 September 2019
Participants included several Yazidi, among them Lamiya, a Yazidi woman who had escaped from ISIS and a Yazidi professor from Dohuk University, as well as international experts on the issue and Norwegian civil society experts and researchers.

Hate speech and incitement to violence against minorities

Oslo, Norway / 6 November 2019

Introduction by the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues. Main focus of the round-table discussion was on hate speech in social media.

Minorities and statelessness

Oslo, Norway / 8 November 2019
Introduction by Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Mahidol University, Institute of Peace and Human Rights. The round-table discussion compared issues of citizenship and statelessness for Muslim minorities in the Assam province in India and for the Rohingya in Myanmar and in flight in Cox’s Bazar.

International conferences

Mass atrocities, prevention and punishment: Lessons learned from the Yazidi and Rohingya cases

Oslo, Norway, HL-senteret / 6 September 2019

Bigotry and Hate: Local and global perspectives

Oslo, Norway, HL-senteret / 2 – 13 December 2019

In cooperation with “Global Consortium on Bigorty and Hate”
2018

International workshops / panel discussions

National identity and inclusive citizenship in Myanmar

Yangon, Myanmar / 6 February 2018

Inclusive citizenship and rights of linguistic minorities in education

Yangon, Myanmar / 10 February 2018

National identity and inclusive citizenship in South East Asia

Bangkok, Mahidol University, Institute of Human Rights and Peace Studies / 14 February 2018

Inclusive citizenship in education

Belgrade, Serbia / 3 May 2018

In cooperation with Helsinki Committee

Prevention of mass atrocities against minorities in the Middle East / Northern Africa

Oslo, HL-senteret / 17 June 2018

Prevention of mass atrocities against minorities -and inclusive education

Tunis, Tunisia / 1 October 2018

In cooperation with Minority Rights Group

Inclusive Citizenship and Minority Rights in South East Asia

Manila, Philippines / 4 – 6 October 2018

Research panel organised by the Minority Network at the SEAHRN Fifth International Conference on Human Rights and Peace & Conflict

International conferences

Human Rights and Inclusive Citizenship: Conditions for co-existence in conflict ridden societies

Oslo, Norway, Nobel Institute and the Fritt Ord Foundation /  17-18 June 2018

Organizer was the Minority Network/Norwegian Center for Holocaust and Minority Studies in cooperation with Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee.

Genocide on the Yazidi people: The role of documentation

Organised by the Minority Network at the HL-senteret together with Norwegian Peoples Aid, Norwegian Church Aid, Stefanus Alliance, the Yazidi Cultural House in Norway and other CSO partners and scholars affiliated with the network. More than half of the over 100 participants at the conference were Yazidi.

2017

International workshops

National identity, citizenship and minority rights

Oslo, Norway, HL-senteret / 1 December 2017, 09.00 am – 12.30 pm

Inclusive citizenship and rights of linguistic minorities in education

Oslo, Norway, HL-senteret / 1 December 2017, 13.30 pm – 15.30 pm