Human rights

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Panel Discussion

Human rights in times of change

5 September, 14.15 – 15.45, Hotel Golf, Jupiter Hall

Changes, rising insecurity, or the heightened perception of insecurity, coupled with the fear of the unknown, often give rise to human rights violations.

History teaches us that protecting human rights and dignity helps prevent conflict, dispel ignorance, instil respect for others, and build better societies that are more resilient to threats from within and from without. So in times of change and insecurity, we should seek to strengthen respect for human rights, not the opposite.

What is the role of human rights in today’s society, why do we need them, and how they can help us face the insecurities of modern times? These questions will be answered in a conversation with the person responsible for human rights protection at the global level, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.


  • H.E. Mr Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Moderator: Mr Dan Damon, Presenter/Reporter at BBC World Service, United Kingdom

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