March 08, 2019 @ 20:00 – March 08, 2019 @ 22:30
Espace Pitoëff - Théâtre
Rue de Carouge 52
in Geneva 1205

Co-presented with the European Parliament, Amnesty International Switzerland, the International Service for Human Rights and the University of Geneva's Equal Opportunities Service

Dr. Chaloka Beyani, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, Prof. of International Law and Human Rights at the London School of Economics, will give us some keys to understanding some of today’s burning issues: the rise of populism and of inequality, the questioning of multilateral institutions such as the UN Human Rights Council, protracted conflicts, as well as the prospects for resistance. Dr. Chaloka Beyani will provide an overview of the political, security, identity and social challenges that face us by focusing on these main fault lines, with an emphasis on migrations.
The second part of this evening pays tribute to those who have made the defence of Human Rights their daily strife. Three women activists will be given the floor: Hajer Sharief, co-founder of Together we build it –a Libyan organization dedicated to political participation of women and youth. Tetiana Pechonchyk, director of the Human Rights Information Centre in Ukraine that focuses among other things on freedom of expression, protection of human rights defenders and prevention of torture. Sareta Ashraph, Chief Legal Analyst of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria from 2012 to 2016. They will highlight their struggles, the obstacles they face as well as the impact of their work on their lives. 
N.b. There will be a short break between the two parts of this evening.
The Festival's opening film, On Her Shoulders by Alexandria Bombach recounts the story of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Nadia Murad, who after surviving Daesh's violence and crimes against the Yezidi people, became the voice of her people and of all Iraqis.


Catherine-Lune Grayson Conseillère "Politique et diplomatie humanitaire", CICR


  • Chaloka Beyani Ancien Rapporteur Spécial auprès des Nations Unies sur les droits des personnes déplacées, Professeur à la London School of Economics
  • Hajer Sharief Co-fondatrice de "Together we build it" en Libye
  • Sareta Ashraph Avocate internationale travaillant sur la Syrie et l'Irak
  • Tetiana Pechonchyk Directrice du Centre d'information sur les droits humains en Ukraine
  • Moderated by Lyse Doucet Cheffe des correspondant·es internationaux·les à la BBC

More information here.