Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign
التضامن الإيرلندي الفلسطيني

[Dublin] Shawan Jabarin: Apartheid and Israel’s assault on Palestinian civil society

The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in association with Academics for Palestine and the TCD Mphil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict, are honoured to host a timely and important evening with preeminent Palestinian human rights defender Shawan Jabarin, Director of Al Haq, and a Secretary General of the FIDH, the International Federation for Human Rights.

When: Tuesday 18th October at 7pm
Where: Robert Emmet Theatre, Arts Block, Trinity College Dublin (map here)
All Welcome

Al Haq is Palestine’s oldest human rights organisation, and is one of seven leading Palestinian civil society organisations recently banned by Israel as ‘terrorist entities’ – a designation that has been rejected by the Irish government and other EU countries.

The event will see Shawan in conversation with Dr. John Reynolds, an international law lecturer in Maynooth University and member of Academics for Palestine. Their discussion will be followed by a question and answers session with the audience.

Come along to learn more about:

The Crime of Apartheid: What it is and why human right groups say Israel is guilty of perpetrating it;
• The escalation in attacks on Palestinian civil society, including Israel’s banning of seven leading human rights and advocacy organisations, including Al Haq itself;
• Palestine’s case against Israel at the International Criminal Court in the Hague;
• The situation on the ground and the prospects for peace and justice for Palestinians;
What people in Ireland can do to help Palestinians win their freedom;

Students, academics and the general public – all are welcome!

About the speaker

Shawan Jabarin is the General Director of Al-Haq, the largest, oldest and best known human-rights organization in the Palestinian territories. In 2011 he was appointed to the Human Rights Watch Middle East Advisory Board, and in 2013 he was elected as a Commissioner for the International Commission of Jurists. In 2016 he was elected Secretary-General of FIDH, the International Federation of Human Rights.

After studying sociology at Palestine’s Birzeit University, Jabarin later studied law in Ireland at the Irish Centre of Human Rights in Galway University.

Jabarin began volunteering with Al-Haq while he was a student, became a field worker in 1987 and was appointed director in 2006. He has been subject to administrative detention without trial, travel bans and death threats for his work as a human rights defender. In October 2021 the Israeli government declared Al Haq, along with several other Palestinian civil society organisations, to be ‘terrorist entities’ – a designation rejected by the Irish government and other European Union countries.

Organised by the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign, in association with Academics for Palestine and the TCD Mphil in Race, Ethnicity, Conflict.

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