The International Human Rights Community and Israeli Crimes of Apartheid
Date(s) - 04/21/2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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About the Webinar
On March 22, 2022, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) concluding that the situation in Israel and the occupied territories amounts to apartheid. This comes on the heels of mounting reports by international and Israeli organizations labelling Israeli policies as apartheid, including by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and B’Tselem. While Palestinian human rights organizations have been calling the situation apartheid for years, these reports represent a growing international consensus that Israeli authorities are committing apartheid against the Palestinian people.
Arab Center Washington DC is organizing a special conversation with United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967, Stanley Michael Lynk, to discuss his report’s findings, process, methodology, and the evidence collected. The webinar will also include a discussion of international law and legal frameworks for the definition of apartheid, the global and political reactions to the report, the significance of this consensus forming in the international human rights community, the application of international law in this context, and what possible next steps and legal and political actions can be taken.
About the Speaker
Professor S. Michael Lynk was appointed in 2016 by the United Nations Human Rights Council as the 7th Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian Territory occupied since 1967.
Lynk is a Canadian legal academic and Associate Professor of Law at Western University in London, Ontario, where he teaches labor law, constitutional law, and human rights law. He also served as Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law at Western University between 2008 and 2011, and taught labor law courses at the University of Ottawa, Carleton University, and Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. Before becoming an academic, he practiced labor law and refugee law for a decade in Ottawa and Toronto. He worked for the United Nations on human rights and refugee issues in Jerusalem. Professor Lynk has written widely on labor law and human rights issues in Canada, and has published articles on the application of international law to the Middle East conflict. He has regularly acted as a labor arbitrator in Canada, he speaks frequently at labor law and industrial relations conferences and he has advised governments and international organizations on labor law and human rights issues. Professor Lynk received his B.A. (with honors) and his LL.B. from Dalhousie University, and completed his LL.M. at Queen’s University in 2001. In 2015, Professor Lynk was named to the Mayor of London’s Honours List for his work on humanitarian issues.
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