23 January 2019

feb. Amsterdam: Human Rights Weekend 2019

Human Rights Watch, De Balie and partners present the seventh edition of the Human Rights Weekend on 7-10 February at De Balie in Amsterdam. Sigrid Kaag, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, is the keynote speaker of this edition.

This year’s Human Rights Weekend invites you to reflect: What is your opinion on important human rights issues of our time? How are you indirectly involved in human rights violations elsewhere? What role could you play in defending human rights?

Find out where you stand and learn more about human rights, by participating in a weekend of films, discussions and photography. Meet film directors, Human Rights Watch researchers, journalists, members of parliament and others and discover your position on topics such as the link between modern slavery and your seafood, the challenges to democracy and migration in Europe, increasing pressure on press freedom, forgotten war crimes and the impact of artificial intelligence on human rights.

The event covers a wide range of countries, from Spain to Iraq and from Thailand to Israel/Palestine. Join us in Amsterdam, and find out where you stand.

All programs will be in English.

About Palestine:

In this masterclass, we take you behind the scenes of our work in Iraq and Israel/Palestine. Together with Senior Iraq Researcher Belkis Wille and Israel and Palestine Director Omar Shakir, we explore the practical challenges, how to research and report on all parties involved and feasible advocacy strategies to bring about change.


SCREWDRIVER (Sunday 10 Feb / 20:30)
After spending more than a decade in prison for an attack on an Israeli settler, Ziad struggles to readjust to life in Ramallah and doesn’t recognize the world around him. He’s weighed down by an incredible sadness as he tries to live what feels like an already lost life. When he meets a young Palestinian-American filmmaker, it becomes clear Ziad’s problems aren’t just sociological, but also psychological. With no real help to heal this unseen wound, it seems that he might end up exactly where he began.

Shot on location in the West Bank with an almost entirely Palestinian crew, Bassam Jarbawi’s feature debut Screwdriver is an important exploration of mental trauma, an invisible effect of the ongoing occupation.

With: Omar Shakir (Israel and Palestine Director at Human Rights Watch)


Sponsors and partners of Human Rights Weekend 2019 are:

Institute for War and Peace Reporting, PAX, De Groene Amsterdammer, World Press Photo, OUTtv, LexisNexis and PechaKucha Amsterdam


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