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NPWJ will celebrate its thirtieth anniversary with an International Conference in Rome

18 May


On Saturday 18 May 2024, Non c’è Pace Senza Giustizia / No Peace Without Justice will celebrate its  thirtieth anniversary with an International Conference at the Campidoglio, in Rome.

Over these thirty years, NPSG has waged countless battles for justice and accountability, giving voice to the victims of atrocities and fighting against impunity for violations and crimes of international law. We have done so through international advocacy campaigns; on-the-ground documentation of crimes; legal and technical support for negotiations; contributions to the jurisprudence, and doctrine, as well as our role in the establishment and functioning of international justice mechanisms, including the International Criminal Court.

The common thread that ties these initiatives together is the belief that freedom for each of us is only a Right if it is protected by law; human rights must not just be aspirations, but must be backed and guaranteed by effective institutional and legal mechanisms that ensure compliance. Throughout our work, we have observed and directly experienced how impunity and the denial of justice create power dynamics based on the denial of freedom and violence: “dove c’è strage di diritto, c’è strage di popoli.”

The scale and brutality of atrocities committed before the eyes of the world to this day, and especially the impunity with which they are now openly flaunted, seem to deny the very existence of law and the legitimacy of the accountability mechanisms that we have helped set up over the past thirty years. But the conclusion we firmly reject is that international law is therefore irrelevant or useless.

On the contrary, increasing impunity is what makes it all the more necessary for us to reaffirm that universal rules and principles of law do exist and must be applied. We therefore turn these rules and principles into action, through our commitment to support indigenous communities in the Amazon fighting for the simple right to exist, or in Libya alongside human rights defenders opposing oppression and violence, as well as our colleagues in Ukraine as much as in the Philippines, in Myanmar as much as in Palestine, in Sudan as much as in Afghanistan.

For this reason, the purpose of the Conference, to which will participate political leaders, human rights defenders and civil society activists from various parts of the world, is not only to celebrate with us the milestone of thirty years of political initiatives, but above all to help us imagine the next thirty years, and how to turn the challenges we face today into sustained new actions in favour of freedom, law, peace and, therefore, justice.

Participation in the event is free, but registration on Eventbrite is required: https://bit.ly/NPWJat30

Live Streaming:
https://tinyurl.com/Youtube-NPWJ30Y-EN (English)
https://tinyurl.com/Youtube-NPWJ30Y-IT (Italian)

For more information, please contact info@npwj.org

Preliminary Program
(Click here to download the pdf version)

08:30 – 09:00   Arrival of Participants: Coffee and Registration

09:10   Participants Seated

09:15   Welcome Greetings
Roberto Gualtieri, Mayor of Rome (TBC)
Mattia Peradotto, National Office Against Racial Discrimination, Presidency of the Council of Ministers
Rosario Aitala, First Vice-President, International Criminal Court

09:30   Opening: Tara O’Grady, President of NPWJ
            Keynote: Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, former ICC and ICC-ASP President

09:45   Call to Action: Chief Raoni, Indigenous Leader

10:00   Accountability in Action
Moderator: Niccolò Figà Talamanca, NPWJ Secretary General
Nazhat Khan, Deputy Prosecutor, International Criminal Court
Alpha Sesay, Deputy Minister of Justice, Republic of Sierra Leone
Isatou Touré, former Vice-President of Gambia
Almir Narayamogs Suruí, Indigenous Paiter Suruí Leader, Rondônia, Brazil
Nader Nadery, Afghan Human Rights Activist, Senior Fellow at the Wilson Centre
Emma Bonino, founder of No Peace Without Justice

11:15   Keynote: Hatice Cengiz, Scholar and Human Rights Activist

11:30   Coffee Break on the Terrazza della Protomoteca (meeting with the press in “Sala Laudato Si”)

12:00    International Advocacy
Moderator: Fabio Maria Galiani, International Criminal Lawyer
Maurício Ye’kwana, Yanomami and Ye’kwana leader, Roraima State, Brazil
Barbara Ibrahim, Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement, American Univ Cairo
Khady Koita, Human Rights Activist and President of La Palabre, Thiès, Senegal
Richard Bennett, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Afghanistan
Giovanni Fontana, Human Rights Activist, Co-Founder of Second Tree
Ahmed Abofoul, Int’l Lawyer and a Human Rights Advocate, Al-Haq, Palestine
Marcos Orellana, UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Toxics

13:15   Colazione on the Terrazza of the Protomoteca

14:30   The International Legal Environment and the Problem of Compliance
Moderator: Marco Perduca, NPWJ Board Members
Mauro Politi, former ICC Judge, Professor at the University of Trento
Francesca Albanese, UN Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in Palestine
Nasser Algheitta, Professor of International law and Human Rights, Libya
Victor Ochen, Human Rights Activist, Executive Director of AYINET Uganda
Salvatore Zappalà, Professor of International Law, Univesity of Catania
Rodney Dixon KC, South African International Human Rights Lawyer, London
David Donat-Cattin, Professor of International Law and Climate Change, Center for Global Affairs, NYU

16:00   Closing Session
Moderator: Albert Alejo, Human Rights and Peoples Empowerment Centre, Philippines
Leila De Lima, former Senator, Philippines (v)
Sayed Yousif Almuhafdha, Bahraini Human Rights Activist and Researcher
Flavia Lattanzi, Professor emeritus Int’l Law, Un. Roma Tre, ad litem Judge ICTY/ICTR
Hussein Sabbagh, Syrian Human Rights Activist, Euro Syrian Democratic Forum
Barbaros Sansal, Turkish Human Rights Activist
Niccolò Figà Talamanca, NPWJ Secretary General

17:15   Vote of Thanks
Silvia Fernandez de Gurmendi, former ICC and former ICC-ASP President
Tara O’Grady, NPWJ President

17:30   Aperitivo on the Terrazza of the Protomoteca

18:00   Assemblea dei Soci di Non c’è Pace Senza Giustizia ETS (No Peace Without Justice ETS AGM)

20:00   Tour of the Musei Capitolini : “La Notte dei Musei”


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