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FRC Annual Conference

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Being remotely held on the week of Human Right’s Day, the FRC Annual Conference will take place on Tuesday, 7th December 2021, 13.30 - 19 (Brussels time).


This one afternoon-conference will focus on the current situation in Afghanistan and will  dive into three topics deeply linked to human rights and FRC’s research interests: namely counter-terrorism, migration, minority rights, women's rights, and LGBTIQ* rights.


To register, please send an email to: Before Monday, 6th December.


What follows is our final programme:

13:30 - 13:45

Opening remarks


Prof. Stefaan Smis (FRC Co-Director)

13:45 - 14:15

Opening keynote speech


Khatera Shamal (Nasle Omid)

14:15 - 15:15

Panel I: Terrorism and Counter-terrorism


Rumyana Van Ark (ICCT)
Paul Pillar (Georgetown University)
Marvin Weinbaum (Middle East Institute) 


Moderator: Ahmad Wali Ahmad Yar (BCUS, VUB)

15:15 - 15:30 Break
15:30 - 17:00

Panel II: Migration and minority rights


Eleonora Milazzo (King’s College)
Annelies Nachtergaele (AgII Belgium)


Minority rights:
Hafizullah Saeedi (HR activist)
Saber Jafari (HR activist)


Moderator: Madeline Garlick (UNHCR)

17:00 - 17:15 Break
17:15 - 18:15

Panel III: women's and LGBTIQ* rights


Prof. Sari Kuovo (University of Gothenburg)
Fereshta Abbasi (Human Rights Watch Consultant)
Nemat Sadat (LGBTIQ* activist)


Moderator: Dr. Aledys Nissen (FRC post-doc researcher)

18:15 - 18:45

Closing keynote speech


Megan Manion (Legal advisor to the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism)

18:45 - 19:00

Closing remarks


Prof. Kristin Henrard (FRC Co-director)