Conference Against Racism, Discrimination and Persecution

Geneva, April 22, 2009, during week of the U.N.’s Durban Review Conference (Durban II)

Ignored by the U.N.’s Durban II event, leading voices in the battle against discrimination, including activists for women’s rights, gay rights, and victims of racism and genocide from around the world, addressed this simultaneously-timed conference in Geneva. Co-organized by UN Watch and numerous other NGOs.

OPENING SESSION: Old and New Hatreds
Video:
 Part I —  Part II  —  Part III  —  Part IV  —  Part V  —  Part VI

Chairman’s Welcome
Ambassador Alfred H. Moses, Chair of UN Watch

Moderator: Harold Tanner, Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations

Old Hatreds: Lessons from The Past
Father Patrick Desbois, Vatican advisor, author of The Holocaust by Bullets—A Priest’s Journey to Uncover the Truth Behind the Murder of 1.5 Million Jews

New Hatreds: Fighting for the Future
Denis MacShane, British MP, former UK Minister for Europe, author

COMBATING RACISM, DISCRIMINATION AND INTOLERANCE
Video: Part I —  Part II  —  Part III  —  Part IV  —  Part V  — Part VI  — Part VII  —  Part VIII  —  Part IX

Moderator: Sabine Simkhovitch, Vice-President, Swiss Federation of Jewish Communities 

KEYNOTE: Irwin Cotler, Canadian MP; former Justice Minister and Attorney General; human rights advocate

Panel:

  • Dounia Ettaib, Vice-President, Italian Association of Moroccan Women
  • Louis George Tin, Founder, International Day Against Homophobia

DURBAN II: HUMAN RIGHTS AND ANTI-RACISM IN THE 21ST CENTURY
Video: Part I —  Part II  —  Part III

Bernard-Henri Levy, French philosopher, author, public intellectual

VOICES FOR VICTIMS
Video: Part I  — Part II  — Part III  — Part IV —  Part V

Panel:

  • Nazanin Afshin Jam, President, Stop Child Executions, member of Canadian Race Relations Foundation
  • Gibreil Hamid, President, Darfur Peace and Development Center
  • Ester Mujawayo, Psychologist, survivor of the genocide in Rwanda

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