01.20 Violations

 

Event Details:

“Why they died. Investigating violations of humanitarian law during the July 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah.”
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
2:00 - 4:00 pm
Carr Center Conference Room (Rubenstein Building, Floor 2, Room 219) Harvard Kennedy School of Government


Why they died.
Investigating Violations of Humanitarian Law
during the July 2006 War
between Israel and Hezbollah.

Poster

a presentation by:

Nadim Houry
Senior Researcher and Beirut Director at Human Rights Watch

moderated by:

Loubna Freih
Founder, Human Rights Watch - Geneva

This is event is co-sponsored by the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.

The July 2006 War ended but the debates it has provoked have not. Why did so many civilians die? Was Hezbollah shielding itself? Were war crimes committed? Are the international rules governing conflict adequate for asymmetrical conflicts? What about accountability? Nadim Houry, senior researcher at Human Rights Watch, investigated violations of international humanitarian law during the 2006 conflict. He will discuss how he and his colleagues conducted their field investigations in South Lebanon, the challenges they faced during their research and subsequent reporting on the conflict, and how they overcame them.


Nadim Houry More on Nadim Houry:

Nadim Houry is Human Rights Watch's senior researcher for Lebanon and Syria and the director of the Beirut office. He has documented violations of international humanitarian law during the July 2006 war between Israel and Hezbollah. He has also researched human rights violations affecting vulnerable groups in Lebanon (such as migrant domestic workers, Iraqi and Palestinian refugees, victims of enforced disappearances and Lebanese detainees in Syria). His work on Syria focuses mostly on arrests of activists, restrictions on freedom of expression, trials by the State Security Court and repression of the Kurds.

Prior to joining HRW, Nadim served as Deputy Counsel for the Volcker Commission, where he spent over a year conducting fact-finding missions in the Middle East to unearth the facts of the U.N.'s prominent corruption inquiry into the Oil-for-Food Programme. An attorney by training, Nadim worked as a corporate lawyer for Shearman & Sterling in New York for the two years prior to his work at the Volcker Commission.
     Loubna Freih More on Loubna Freih Georges:

Loubna Freih Georges is Human Rights Watch's Europe-based Director for Strategic Initiatives where she identifies and leads international advocacy campaigns. Until 2006, Freih Georges was the organization’s main advocate to the United Nation in Geneva where she founded and ran HRW's presence in Switzerland. She contributed actively to the UN's Reform Agenda in 2005 that led to the creation of the Human Rights Council. Since 2000, she has followed human rights crises in Darfur, Iraq, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Nepal, Colombia and Uzbekistan, and worked closely with Mary Robinson, Sergio Vieira de Mello and Louise Arbour. Due to her advocacy efforts, an expert monitor on protecting human rights while countering terrorism was appointed in 2002.

Freih Georges was a Mason Fellow at Harvard Kennedy School where she earned a Masters in Public Administration in 1999 and she graduated with an MA in Journalism from New York University in 1994. She is currently working on a campaign to ensure Russia's accountability in crimes committed against civilians during the two wars in Chechnya and is writing a memoir of her first years in Iraq where she was born.

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