Watch our book launch event to learn more about how human rights can support mediators in assisting parties to conflict settle their disputes peacefully.
The human rights and mediation communities share common goals - bringing an end both to war and human rights violations and contributing to sustainable and inclusive peace. But they have a tendency to question each other’s ethics, goals and methods. This can have the unfortunate effect of undermining the changes they are seeking.
In her book "Human rights in mediation", Katarina Månsson challenges the myth that human rights are somehow a complicating factor for mediation and conflict resolution. Through examples, she analyses how human rights can support mediators in their task to assist parties to conflict settle their disputes peacefully.
The purpose of our launch event was to discuss these issues as well as the main findings of Katarina’s research. Together with high level representatives of the United Nations and interested governments, we also highlighted the need to increase efforts in integrating human rights in mediation processes.
Human rights in mediation
Online event via Zoom.
This event was held in English.
Panel discussion with:
- Ilze Brands Kehris, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head of the New York Office of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Katarina Månsson, Senior Human Rights Officer, Rule of Law Unit, Executive Office of the Secretary-General, UN Headquarters
- Outi Holopainen, Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Security Policy, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
- Nicholas Haysom, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan
- Bintou Keita, Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Andrew Gilmour, Executive Director, Berghof Foundation
Please note that the event will be recorded using the cloud-based recording tool within the Zoom.us platform (using cloud servers based in the U.S.), to be published on the Berghof Foundation’s website and social media channels for external communications purposes. You can find the Berghof Foundation’s data protection notice here. If you have questions, please feel free to contact the Berghof Foundation's Data Protection Officer (firstname.lastname@example.org).
This article was updated on 20 September 2023 to better reflect the discussion during the event.
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