Human Rights and the Role of Small States in the Global Arena

Tuesday December 10 from 9:00 to 11:00 in Aula, University of Iceland

Open seminar hosted by the Institute of International Affairs, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the Icelandic Human Rights Center

Human Rights and the Role of Small States in the Global Arena

Does the UN Human Rights Council make a difference? How can we hold states that violate human rights accountable? 

Iceland will finish its term as an elected member of the Human Rights Council at the end of this year. In celebration of Human Rights Day, we therefore invite you to join us in a discussion on human rights and what role small states can play in fighting the push back against human rights. 

Programme

Opening remarks: Guðlaugur Þór Þórðarsson, Minister for Foreign Affairs 

Keynote address: Lina al-Hathloul, Saudi activist known for her relentless advocacy to free her sister, Loujain al-Hathloul, who was imprisoned in 2018 for protesting the ban against women driving

Panel Discussions:

Rita French, International Ambassador for Human Rights and Deputy Permanent Representative [of the United Kingdom] to the United Nations in Geneva, United Kingdom

Kevin Whelan, Senior Advocate, Amnesty International, Geneva

Petter Wille, former Director of the Norwegian National Human Rights Institution

Harald Aspelund, Permanent Representative of Iceland to the United Nations in Geneva and Vice President of the Human Rights Council 

Discussants:

Bryndís Haraldsdóttir, Parliamentarian and Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee

Kári Hólmar Ragnarsson, SJD Candidate Harvard Law School and member of the Human Rights Institute at the University of Iceland 

Smári McCarthy, Parliamentarian and Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee

Moderator: Sveinn H. Guðmarsson, Press Officer, Ministry for Foreign Affairs