Fernand de Varennes
Fernand de VarennesRead more
Fernand de Varennes is Extraordinary Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Adjunct Professor at the National University of Ireland-Galway (Ireland), and Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (China).
Fernand de Varennes’ work and commitment focusses on the human rights of minorities, as well as the prevention of ethnic conflicts, the rights of migrants, the relationship between ethnicity, human rights and democracies, and the use of federalism and other forms of autonomy arrangements to balance competing cultural interests. His contributions on these topics in many parts of the world, including as a professor for almost 20 years at Murdoch University in Australia, and as a guest professor at the following institutions in Africa, Asia and Europe: Åbo Academy, Dato Bunka University, Ethiopian Civil Service University, Gakushuin University, Peking University, Seikei University, Universitas Pelita Harapan, Universitas Sam Ratulangi, Université de la Réunion, University of Hong Kong, University of Pretoria, and Vytautas Magnus University.
Fernand de Varennes holds degrees from the Université de Moncton (LLB, 1988), the London School of Economics and Political Science (LLM, 1992), and the Rijksuniversiteit Limburg (becoming in 1996 the University of Maastricht, Dr Juris, 1996).
Dawda A. Jallow
Dawda A. JallowRead more
Mr. Dawda A. Jallow is the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of The Gambia. He was born in the West Coast region of The Gambia on 27 November 1975. He obtained an LLB from the University of The Gambia in 2010, and an LLM in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from the School of Law, University of Essex, United Kingdom in 2014. He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of The Gambia having been called to The Gambia Bar in January 2013.
Until his appointment as Attorney General and Minister of Justice in July 2020, he was a private Legal Practitioner at Kansala Law Chambers. Before taking up private legal practice in June 2016, Mr. Jallow was the Principal Legal Officer at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs of the Republic of The Gambia. Mr Dawda A Jallow also served as a First-Class Magistrate and Principal Magistrate respectively at the Judiciary of The Gambia from 2011 to 2015 (4 years).
Prior to joining the Legal field, Mr Dawda A. Jallow served as Civic Education Officer and Program Officer at the National Council for Civic Education from 2002 to 2011. He also served as a Teacher at Charles Jow Memorial Academy between 2000 and early 2002 after completing a two years professional training at the Gambia College School of Education.
Alice Wairimu Nderitu
Alice Wairimu NderituRead more
Ms. Nderitu is a recognized voice in the field of peacebuilding and violence prevention, having led as mediator and senior adviser in reconciliation processes among communities in Kenya, as well as in other African settings. She served as Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Kenya, as well as Founding Member and co-Chair of the Uwiano Platform for Peace, a prevention agency linking early warning to early response. She is also the founder of Community Voices for Peace and Pluralism, a network of African women professionals preventing, transforming and solving violent, ethnic, racial and religious conflicts worldwide.
Ms. Nderitu’s national experience includes her tenure as Director of the Education for Social Justice programme at Fahamu, and as Head of the Human Rights Education and Capacity-Building Programme for the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and its predecessor, the Standing Committee on Human Rights. Previously, she was Researcher and Administrator of the Kenya Prisons Service within the Ministry of Home Affairs. She is a member of the Kenya National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination, as well as the African Union Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (Fem-Wise), and the Women Waging Peace Network.
Ms. Nderitu holds a master’s degree in armed conflict and peace studies and a Bachelor of Arts, Literature and Philosophy from the University of Nairobi. She is a Transitional Justice Fellow at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa. Widely published, she is the recipient of awards recognizing her commitment to peaceful conflict resolution throughout Africa and her innovative approach to mediation.
Ambassador Nassima Baghli
Ambassador Nassima BaghliRead more
Ambassador Nassima Baghli is a senior Algerian diplomat. During her career at the Ministry of Foreign affairs of Algeria she successively dealt with Communication, African affairs, Multilateral issues notably disarmament.
ln 2009, she was appointed Ambassador of Algeria to the Kingdom of The Netherlands.
Since 2017, she is the Permanent Observer of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to the United Nations Office in Geneva. In this capacity, she participates in many forums where she presents the contribution of the OIC to the international efforts aimed at addressing the many challenges the world is facing notably in the field of peace and security, socio-economic development, the fight against discriminations and hate speech, the importance of dialogue among civilizations and cultures, as well as other issues of interest for the OIC.
H.E Ambassador Haifa Abu Ghazaeh
H.E Ambassador Haifa Abu GhazaehRead more
A passionate, humanitarian driven, motivator leader and a women’s rights advocate, Her Excellency Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh is the Assistant Secretary General - Head of Social Sector at the League of Arab States (LAS) on August 2018 and previously headed the Media and Communication Sector from 2013 to 2018. She is a laureate of numerous prestigious international and regional women leadership awards, who published over 100 papers, publications, and journal articles based on her knowledge and expertise. Her Excellency Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 following her nomination selection for the '1000 women for Noble Peace Prize 2005’.
Before becoming the Assistant Secretary-General at the League, Dr. Abu Ghazaleh was appointed as a Special Envoy for the League of Arab States Secretary-General to the Civil Society, and as a Jordanian Representative to the Arab Women Organization (AWO) and a Member of the Executive Committee. While serving at the Arab Women Organization, Dr. Abu Ghazaleh was appointed by His Majesty King Abdullah II as a Minister of Tourism and Antiquities in 2011 and a Senator to the Jordanian Upper House of Parliament in 2009.
During the period of 2007 – 2011, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah II appointed Dr. Abu Ghazaleh as a Secretary-General at the National Council for Family Affairs (NCFA). Dr. Abu Ghazaleh conducted pioneering work for more than 12 years while being the Regional Director of UN Women (previously known as UNIFEM) - Arab States Regional Office.
Among Her Excellency Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh’s most remarkable achievements as the Assistant Secretary-General - Head of Media and Communication at the League of Arab States, was the formulation of Pan Arab Network for Early Warning and Crisis Responses through a joint LAS-EU-UNDP programme to respond to political, social, economic and environmental crises.
For more than three decades, Dr. Abu Ghazaleh has been heavily involved and active at the Global Regional and National level in the areas of policy and legislative reform, gender mainstreaming, strategic planning, human rights, peace and security, Media & Communication and Early warning. Her Excellency Dr. Haifa Abu Ghazaleh is a champion for the rights of women and gender equality.
Dr. Abu Ghazaleh holds two Ph.Ds in Education & Psychology, an MA in Educational Counseling and a BA in Psychology and Sociology.
Hon. Solomon Ayele Dersso
Rouieda El Hage
Rouieda El HageRead more
Appointed Regional Representative for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region 1 October 2018.
Over 20 years of experience in human rights and has extensive knowledge of international law and political affairs with the United Nations, in particular in conflict context in MENA, Asia and Africa.
In her previous incarnations, Ms. El Hage was deployed in Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iraq, Libya, Yemen, the Philippines, and Western Sahara.
Prior to this appointment, Ms. El Hage served as Coordinator of the Secretariat of the Group of Eminent Experts on Yemen, deputy Director of the Human Rights Component (UNAMI) in Iraq and Chief of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) Human Rights Regional Office in Northern Iraq, Acting Chief of MENA Section at OHCHR in Geneva, among other functions including with international and regional NGOs.
Bafou JengRead more
Ms Bafou Jeng currently works as a Senior State Counsel and Coordinator of the Human and Child Rights Units of the Ministry of Justice. She was born in The Gambia on the 11 March 1984. She attended Gambia High School in Banjul before proceeding to the Igbinedion University in Okada, Federal Republic of Nigeria, where she acquired an LLB (Hons) in 2013. She did her Law School in The Gambia and was subsequently called to the Gambian Bar in 2014.
Ms Jeng started her career at the Ministry of Justice in November 2009 as a Clerk supporting the Child Rights Unit and subsequently became a Public Prosecutor between2013-2014, a State Counsel between 2015-2019 and got promoted to Senior State Counsel in 2019. A position she currently holds.
H.E. Dr. Turki Abdulla Al-Mahmoud
H.E. Dr. Turki Abdulla Al-MahmoudRead more
Dr. Turki is currently the Director of the Human Rights Department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is also a member at the National Human Rights Committee, the National Committee for the Affairs of Woman, Children, the Elderly and People with disabilities and the National Commission for International Humanitarian Law.
Dr. Turki has a BA degree in Computer Engineering from Qatar University (QU), and holds 3 Master's degrees in leadership from Qatar University (QU), in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Colorado and in International Law and Foreign Affairs from (HBKU). He also earned a Doctorate degree in Educational Policies from the University of Southern California (USC).
Dr. Turki also has extensive knowledge in the fields of International Laws, Human Rights Issues, International Politics, Education, leaderships, and communication.
Hannah ForsterRead more
A Gambian, she has been engaged extensively with the African and International Human Rights System and Mechanisms for almost three decades. During her tenure, she has had engaged with the African Union Commission as well as Regional Economic Communities (RECs) in Africa. Furthermore, Hannah has worked for and with civil society at the local, national, sub region, regional and international levels for over three decades, prior to this she served in the Ministry of Education, as an educationist and information scientist for over twelve years.
As an expert and activist, she has extensive practical experience programme and project development and planning, implementation; and monitoring and evaluation; as well as in the development of training and education programmes on Human Rights, Governance, Gender Equality and Conflict Management; has also designed and carried out various research in these areas as well as directed a number of human rights and democracy initiatives in Africa. She serves as a founding expert on the Committee on the Prevention of Torture in Africa (CPTA); Study Group on Freedom of Association, Assembly; and Advisory Group on the Report of Women Human Rights Defenders of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, among other engagements.
Naji M Lahsen
Seenaa JimjimoRead more
Seenaa is an Oromo-American woman born in Ethiopia. She grew up witnessing injustice against the Oromo people by the Ethiopian security force and second-class treatment of the Oromo women. Wanting to make a difference, she studied political science as undergraduate and public health and administration as a graduate student. While at the University of Illinois, she was a Senator at Large for the Graduate Student Association and Treasurer for the African Student Organization, going on to found many of her organizations. She has received numerous awards, including the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and Whitney M. Young Fellowship., and was a key player in the adoption of House Resolution 128 – an important factor in enabling change in Ethiopia in 2018. Currently, she serves as the Executive Director of OLLAA, alongside numerous other projects advocating for the Oromo people.
Hedi Sarkar Mamand
Hedi Sarkar MamandRead more
Hedi is born in 1992, in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region, Program manager at the Alliance of Iraqi Minorities Network.
Hedi is a known name in the field of minority rights. He has been engaged actively with human rights including Iraqi minority issues to protect their rights, defend the minorities’ identity and encourage their actual participation in decision making. Equality and non-discrimination has always been important issue to work on it as well.
The most noticeable achievements in the field of the minority issues are: leading projects to amend the articles pertaining to the National identity card, launching a campaign on the mechanisms for protecting the minority rights, integrating the Iraqi minorities’ history, culture and religion with the Curriculum and education.
Currently, he is working on the conflicts involving minorities, and the ways of solution and reconciliation by launching campaigns on Peace-building, social cohesion and safe return of minorities to their homeland and raise the majority awareness about the minorities rights.
Laura Anyola Tufon
Laura Anyola TufonRead more
Ms. Laura ANYOLA TUFON a leadership professional in Human Rights, Peace and Security, Conflict Management and Post-Conflict reconstruction with over 13 years as a trainer, practitioner, and consultant advancing the nexus between human rights and peacebuilding. Specializes in human and gender rights including minority rights - all foundation of freedom, justice and peace, and essential factors of security and stability in a Country. Served on the National Human Rights Institution in Cameroon as a member and President of the Working Group on Civil and Political Rights (2006-2014). Worked with the Justice and Peace Commission of the Catholic Archdiocese of Bamenda (2002-2021)
Tahani Irfan Ruhi
Tahani Irfan RuhiRead more
* A journalist, lecturer, trainer; human rights defender who is striving for social change and holding unto media plus social responsibilities. Throughout her 27 years of experience, she managed to correlate contemporaneous social issues with the rights of minorities, refugees, and gender equality in the media realm. In addition, she also engaged in raising awareness projects pertaining to media as well as social action endeavors related to human rights and minority rights.
*As an expat journalist, with over 16 years of learning through societal immersion whilst living in various countries her multicultural mentality broadened, and her world-embracing vision solidified. Therefore, due to this exposure, she is managing a pioneers’ enterprise on youth empowerment programs to build local capacity to take charge as proactive agents of change by utilizing social media as their primary means and as part of the overarching theme: Al Karama (Human dignity).
* Tahani is a speaker/panelist at various local and international conferences and Interfaith dialogue events as a Baha’i religion representative of Jordan. Furthermore, she is hosting an ongoing round table discussion with eminent media figures on a vast array of topics related to empowering youth, religious coexistence, social justice, minority rights, and other social issues to attain a unified vision which would translate into the media realm with its necessary implications. As a result of these initiatives, she is being interviewed on a regular basis in local, international TV news networks to elucidate the concepts and activities about social issues.
* She is currently a media consultant at Waee Center for Human Rights Training. Her role is developing media training curriculums in terms of minority rights and coexistence. In addition to that, she is a columnist at a local and regional Arabic newspapers.
Aoife HegartyRead more
Aoife Hegarty is a Human Rights Officer with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Regional Office for the Middle East and North Africa (ROMENA), based in Beirut, Lebanon. Aoife holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the University of Copenhagen, with a specialization in international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Aoife serves as ROMENA focal point on thematic issues including minority rights, hate speech, civic space, and the human rights impact of COVID-19.Before joining the United Nations, Aoife worked for several years as a programme manager and trainer for various international human rights NGOs. She has a strong professional background in women’s rights and gender, freedom of expression, and international human rights mechanisms.
Honorable Lady Justice Jamila Mohammed
Honorable Lady Justice Jamila MohammedRead more
Justice Jamila Mohammed is the Chairperson of the Kenya National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and All Forms of Discrimination under the auspices of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR). She represents Kenya in the ICGLR Regional Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide.
Justice Jamila is the Chairperson of the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes - Africa Working Group (GAAMAC-AWG) and is the Focal Point for the East African Region. She served as the Vice Chairperson of the Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA Kenya) and was a member of the Committee on the Formulation of the Kenya Action Plan on United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women Peace and Security.
Beza DessalegnRead more
Beza Dessalegn is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of the Western Cape, Department of Public Law and Jurisprudence. His research focuses on minority rights, federalism, human rights and constitutional law, electoral laws, political participation, subnational autonomy and local government in Ethiopia.
Fateh AzzamRead more
Fateh Azzam Is a researcher and consultant and has previously served as founding director of the Asfari Institute for Civil Society and Citizenship at the American University of Beirut, Middle East regional representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and director of the Forced Migration and Refugee Studies Program at the American University in Cairo. He is a member of the Palestinian Independent Commission for Human Rights, Palestine’s national human rights institution and an Advisory Member for the Institute of Stateless and Inclusion. Azzam holds an LLM in international human rights law from the University of Essex, and has published on human rights and humanitarian law, the responsibility to protect, the right to development and the SDGs, and citizenship in Palestine and the Arab region. His most recent works include “Palestinian (non)Citizenship (Middle East Journal, 73:4, Winter 2019) and “A Human Rights Perspective on the Protection of Christians and Other Minorities” (K. Ellis, ed. Secular Nationalism and Citizenship in Muslim Countries, Springer, 2018)
Geofrey SabiitiRead more
Geofrey is a graduate of BA Community Psychology from Makerere University and Master of Science in Public Health (MPH) from Clarke International University and is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Human Rights at Uganda Martyrs University in Uganda. Geofrey is a Human right and Gender activist with nine years of experience working with civil society organizations (CSOs) and currently working with Minority Rights Group International as Africa Conflict Prevention and Peace building Coordinator based at Africa Regional Office, Kampala. Geofrey is working with Indigenous and Minority communities in the region, campaigning for the recognition of their rights and ensuring that disadvantaged minorities often the poorest of the poor, can make their voices heard. He has worked with conflict affected people (Refugees) and other marginalized groups in Africa for six years offering protection services.
Amina AmharechRead more
Amina AMHARECH, indigenous Amazigh woman from Morocco. President of the association Acal El Hajeb, founding member of the Amazigh community network AZUL in 2013. Member of the Global Council of the International Land Coalition (ILC) for the EMENA region since 2018. Founding member of the Feminist Land Platform ( FLP ) 2019. Recipient of the OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Programme, 2018. Teacher trainer of French and communication for 27 years. Currently studying Law at the University of Tangier
Poetess, painter Advocate for the rights of the Amazigh people under the terms of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Kwadwo Appiagyei-AtuaRead more
Prof. Appiagyei-Atua is Associate Professor at the School of Law, University of Ghana, where he teaches Public International Law, International Human Rights Law and Law of Diplomacy. He was a Marie Curie International Incoming Fellow at the Centre for Educational Research and Development, Lincoln University, UK and a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, New York, USA. Kwadwo is a member of the Ghana Bar. He completed his LLB at University of Ghana, Legon; LLM at Dalhousie University and DCL at McGill University, all in Canada. Kwadwo has been a consultant for different inter-governmental and non-governmental organisations in the broad areas of public international law and international human rights law.
Frank OkyereRead more
Mr. Frank O. Okyere is the Head of the Peace Support Operations Programme at KAIPTC. He has over ten years’ experience in policy research, training and capacity building in peace and security. His research expertise and publications cover state-building, mass atrocity prevention and contemporary security issues in Africa. He has consulted for the United Nations and other international organizations such as the International Peace Institute and the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes on peacebuilding, infrastructure for peace and human protection.
Wale AdeboyeRead more
Dr. Wale Adeboye is peace threats & stability management professional with an academic background in communication, peace & conflict studies and Mass Atrocity Crimes (MAC) Prevention. He is the Secretary and English West Africa focal person at the Global Action against Mass Atrocities, Africa Working Group (GAMAAC-AWG). He is also the founder and director, West Africa Responsibility to Protect Coalition (WAC-R2P), a multidisciplinary research and policy think-tank. He is especially interested in how the actions of state and non-state armed actors affect human security, as well as the implications of such actions for atrocity crimes commitment and prevention. He earned his PhD in Peace & conflict studies at University of Ibadan, Nigeria.
Aya ManaaRead more
Aya Manaa, is a 35 years old Palestinian activist and human rights defender; for her community; the Palestinian minority in Israel. Aya holds M.A in Human rights and conflict management from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa, Italy.(2011)
Aya has gained significant experience as a human rights advocate through Civil Society Organizations. To this end, she has been involved for over 10 years in the promotion and protection of human rights in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, where she has worked for several human rights organizations.
She is the manager of the community center in her village for the last three years, where she has made a significant change both in the quality and quantity of projects for the community. Women and youth are her main target groups besides people with disabilities.