The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor has participated in the Second Eurasia Law Meeting on the International Law and Justice in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku, from 17-18 December 2018. The event brought together 250 delegations from more than 20 countries around the world including lawyers and international law and human rights specialized academics.
The conference, which was organized by the International Jurists Union, the Lawyers Union in Azerbaijan and the Turkish Law Platform, aims to exchange local and international expertise between lawyers, jurists and human rights defenders from European and Asian countries. The event also aims to increase the cooperation between Europe and Asia in the legal and the human rights fields, in addition to building bridges of cooperation between the official and the civil institutions in the same fields.
Ihsan Adel, the chairman of the Euro-Med, during his participation in the conference, called for activating cooperation between academics and academic institutions in Asia and Europe, on one hand, and the human rights organizations, on the other hand. His call came in order to create solutions that combine the theoretical and practical aspects regarding the crises in many states and to affect maintaining human rights.
Adel talked about his organization's experience of launching a joint study with the Legal Clinic at the University of Amsterdam on stateless persons in the European Union in light of the refugee crisis during the last few years. Adel also mentioned the The Summer School on International Law and Armed Conflicts held by the Euro-Med in partnership with the University of Jordan which was attended by students and graduates from seven Arab countries.
The participants, from universities and student unions from Turkey, Azerbaijan and Ukraine, discussed the possibility of building a partnership with the Euro-Med in their working areas in the Middle East and North Africa. The partnership included training students, within the TMP induction training program, which is supervised by the Euro-Med program, and lunching training courses and summer schools on human rights and armed conflicts. The partnership also aims at launching joint research projects aiming at providing approaches to deal with the global crises such as terrorism, asylum and migration while preserving victims' rights.
Participants reviewed experiences and programs of victim advocacy and raising awareness of international humanitarian law. They also discussed the international human rights institutions’ work philosophy and their engagement with the pressing humanitarian issues such as migration, asylum, crimes against humanity, terrorism and disarmament.
The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Monitor’s participation in such conferences is part of its partnership-building program which is aimed at improving the level of human rights work in the region, raising awareness and intensifying efforts to support victims of violence and armed conflicts, especially in the Middle East and North Africa.