Copenhagen Human Rights Debate 2017

Join the Danish Institute for Human Rights, The Danish Arab Partnership Programme, Kvinfo and the Danish Foreign Policy Society in a high profile debate on the state of affairs in the Middle East.

With the aim to draw attention and raise general awareness in Denmark about the human rights situation in the Middle East and North Africa, every year the Danish Institute for Human Rights facilitates a major public debate about human rights challenges common to the region and to our partners there.

The debate is aimed at interested citizens, as well as at academia, the press and media, the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) present and former staff, and people from the MENA region based in Denmark.

Topic and debate setup: Human rights in conflict

This year’s topic is: “Are the latest legal reforms on women’s rights the most effective way to put human rights first in the Middle East or is the way forward securing political stability and promoting economic development?”

Two teams will debate whether ‘women’s rights and human rights first’ or ‘political stability and economic development’ is the best way forward for the Middle East. Before and after the debate the audience will vote in favour of one of the two propositions.

Debate teams and panellists

TEAM 1: Civil liberties and political reforms

  • Ms Bochra Belhaj Hmida – Chairwoman of the Committee of Gender Equality, Tunisian House of Representatives, Tunisia
  • Ms Asma Khader, member of the Jordanian Upper House, Majlis al-A’yan. Jordan

TEAM 2: Economic development and stimulus

  • Ms Sahar Attar, Editor in Chief of Commerce du Levant
  • Mr Hazem Saghieh, Writer
  • Mr Adam Hannestad, Editor, Danish Daily Politiken, Denmark

Moderator and presenters

  • Mr Martin Krasnik, Editor in Chief of Weekendavisen, Denmark
  • Dr Jonas Christoffersen, Executive Director, DIHR
  • Ms Eva Grambye, International Director, DIHR

Debate agenda

  • 15.00 – 15.10: Opening remarks by Dr Jonas Christoffersen, Executive Director, DIHR.
  • 15.10 – 15.25: Presentation of the panellists and initial vote introduced by moderator, Mr Martin Krasnik, journalist, Denmark
  • 15.25 – 15.55: Team 1: Women rights and human rights first
  • 15.55 – 16.25: Team 2: Economic development and political stability
  • 16.25 – 16.45: Refreshments and short break
  • 16.45 – 17.10: Rebuttals from the two teams: Five minutes for each panellist
  • 17.10 – 17.45: General discussion
  • 17.45 – 17.55: Final remarks by Ms Eva Grambye, International Director, DIHR
  • 17.55 – 18.00: Voting and presentation of the result by moderator, Mr Martin Krasnik

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