Defending the Will of the People

International Educational Development

Invites you to a seminar

“Defending the Will of the People”

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Palais de Nations, Geneva:  Room XXIII between 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.

The speakers will draw to the attention of the Council Article 21 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which provides, in pertinent part: “The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government. Exercising the right to self-determination and defending the true will of a people can occur a variety ways such as in periodic, democratic and fair elections; plebiscites and referendums, organized by the United Nations or some other authority; peaceful revolt; or organizing national liberation movements.” The latest expressions of peaceful revolt have just occurred in Tunisia, Egypt and peaceful protest that unfortunately turned bloodier in Libya but in recent history have also occurred throughout the world. The latest example of a referendum was that carried out in January 2011 in Sudan’s south. There are other situations in which the United Nations promised a people a plebiscite or referendum to determine their will but which have not yet been carried out: Western Sahara, Palestine and Kashmir.  

In our view, a major impediment to resolving many of these situations is that the Human Rights Council devalued the right to self-determination, keeping only the issue of the use of mercenaries alive and well on its agenda. The speakers will discuss how to persuade the Council to appoint a Special Rapporteur on the right to self-determination and defending the will of the people and provide this topic with its own agenda item.



  • Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman, All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Kashmir
  • Lord Nazir Ahmed, Member, British House of Lords, England
  • Dr. Karen Parker, IED Delegate to the United Nations, USA
  • Dr. Ahmed AbdelLatti, IIFSO Secretary General, Turkey
  • Mr. Hussein Orac, Archectic of Freedom Flotilla to Gaza, Palestine
  • Ms. Suaad Alfitouri, Chairman, Society Outreach, Libya
  • Mr. Mohamed Abdel Wahid Ghanem, Exiled Leader, Egypt
  • Mr. Waleed Albanany, Al-Nahda Movement, Tunisia
  • Mr. Loghman AHMADI, Congress of Nationalities for a Federated Iran
  • Prof. Nazir A. Shawl, Executive Director, Justice Foundation, London
  • Mr. Ali S. Khan, Executive Director, Kashmiri Scandinavian Council,Norway
  • Mr. Amjad Yousuf, Kashmir Institute of International Relations, Azad Kashmir
  • Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center, Washington 


Association of Humanitarian Lawyers, IIFSO, IHRAAM, WMC, AHRKI, KMMK-G

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(Sandwiches will be provided

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