Spotlight on Human Rights in Palestine – Events for human rights day.
CADFA has just finished a series of events for Human Rights Day (10th Decenber) culminating in a Zoom conference, Spotlight on Human Rights in Palestine, on Sunday 12th. We worked with partners across the country to make a number of events focusing on different human rights, and in Camden we had two events at Cafe Palestina in Kentish Town: on Weds 1st December an event dedicated to the right to life and security of person (with speakers from Palestine on Zoom) and then on Friday 10th December, Human Rights Day itself, a meal with Dr Abdifattah Abusrour, Director of an arts centre in Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. It was great to have a real visitor from Palestine after so long – and the event was very moving. Many other events were held on Zoom not only because of Covid but in order to reach as wide an audience as possible.
As well as these events, local supporters in Kentish Town held a picket there to mark Human Rights Day with big banners saying “Human Rights for Palestinians” and also “Give Mai Back”- supporting the call by the family of a young woman from Abu Dis killed in June at an Israeli checkpoint for the return of her body (being held by the Israeli military) so they can bury her.
Human rights day 10th December is the anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948 which looked forward to a better future for mankind after the horrors of the second world war. Absolutely fundamental to the human rights it laid out is equality of rights for all human beings, and then it laid out a number of rights we all should get incuding the right to life and security, the right to travel round your own country, or to leave and return to it, the rights to a fair trial and freedom from torture, the right to family life.
Struck by the seemingly unending horror experienced by Palestinians – land expropriation, house demolition, wounding and killing, child imprisonment and more – since the organisation was founded, Cadfa decided this year not to roll all human rights together but to have a series of events, on Zoom and in person, with our partners across the country, to look at the situation human right by human right – and finish with a conference on Zoom on Sunday 12th December.
The talks by experts and individuals suffering violations of human rights were very serious. Cadfa is planning to release information and recordings of the talks given.