Global Sites of Conscience Meeting 2020

Hosted by the Asia and the Pacific Sites of Conscience Network

December 7-11, 2020

 

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2:00 PM (Dhaka)
1:30PM (New Delhi)
4:00 PM (Manila)
5:00PM (Tokyo)
3:00 AM (EST)
10:00AM (Beirut)

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Monday, December 7, 2020

All times below reflect Dhaka time.

2:00-2:30PM    –    Opening Ceremony

Silvia Fernandez, Global Networks Programs Director, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Dario Colmenares, Program Director – Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation – GIJTR, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Address by Mofidul Hoque, Trustee, Liberation War Museum (LWM) (Bangladesh)

 

2:30-3:15PM    –     Keynote address by Ms. Rita Izsák-Ndiaye, Rapporteur of the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Former UN Special Rapporteur

Moderator: Pratima Narayan, Senior Program Manager, Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation – GIJTR, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

 

3:15-4:00PM   –    Working Groups Session

Moderator: Dario Colmenares, Global Transitional Justice Initiative, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

  • What types of human rights violations or abuses need to be documented in your society and community?              
  • What challenges or obstacles have you experienced in documenting these human rights violations or abuses and how can they be overcome?

 

4:00-4:15PM    –    Coffee Break + Networking

 

4:15-5:00PM    –     Interregional Dialogue (Members only)

 Facilitator: Silvia Fernandez, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

  • What change do we want to create as a Global Network of Sites of Conscience?
  • What do we need to get us there?

                       

5:00–5:45PM   –   Women of Conscience Community (Members only)

Under the framework of the Coalition’s Women of Conscience Initiative, the Women of Conscience Community is a hub for women working at or with Sites of Conscience around the world to come together, support each other, and help advance memorialization and transitional justice processes that incorporate a gender transformative approach.

Facilitator: Silvia Fernandez, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

 


 

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

 

2:00-2:30PM    –    Welcome and Presentation of Our Shared Journeys Exhibit + Dialogues
Silvia Fernandez, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Radhika Hettiarachchi, HerStories Archive (Sri Lanka)

  • Brief overview of the day
  • Presentation of the regional project: Our Shared Journeys Exhibit + Dialogues: A project of the Asian Sites of Conscience Network, “Our Shared Journeys” is a cross-regional exhibition and dialogue project aimed to counter the official “grand” narratives of historical events in the region through the use of oral stories and dialogue programs.

 

2:30-3:30PM    –    Panel I: Documenting Human Rights Violations Worldwide

Through the experiences and work of three Sites of Conscience, this panel will provide an overview of the role of documentation in protecting human rights worldwide.

Moderator: Nana-Jo N’Dow, Executive Director, African Network Against Extrajudicial Killings and Enforced Disappearances (ANEKED) (Gambia)

 

3:30-4:00PM    –    Coffee Break + Digital Tour Visit Liberation War Museum (Bangladesh) (TBC)

 

4:00-6:00PM   –   TRAINING: Community-Led Documentation, Session I (Members only)

Community-led documentation initiatives play a pivotal role in ensuring that community needs and priorities drive transitional justice processes. This training session conducted by GIJTR members PILPG and ICSC will explore best practices in documentation and the various ways it can be used to help societies respond to legacies of mass violence, conflict or authoritarian rule.

Facilitators:

Nikhil Narayan and Milena Sterio, Public International Law and Policy Group – PILPG

Dario Colmenares and Pratima Narayan, Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and

Reconciliation – GIJTR, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

 


Wednesday, December 9, 2020

 

2:00-2:30PM    –     Welcome and Presentation of Women of Conscience Stand Up Project
Silvia Fernandez, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Prabal Thapa, NEFAD (Nepal)
Mrs. Karuna Gurung, Participant, Stand Up Nepal

  • Brief overview of the day
  • Presentation of Women of Conscience Stand Up Nepal Project

Under the framework of the Coalition’s Women of Conscience (WoC) Initiative, the Stand Up Project aims to build bridges between professional women around the globe through capacity building and mentoring.

 

2:30-3:45PM    –     Panel II: Documenting for Memorialization

Through the presentation of four case studies across the globe, this panel will show the crucial role community-led documentation plays in healing, reparation and truth-seeking.

 

3:45-4:00PM    –     Coffee Break + Showing of “Memory, Truth and Justice Media Project” (VOW Media, Nepal)

Memory, Truth, and Justice is a project to document, archive, and share personal stories of survivors and families of the victims of the People’s war in Nepal from 1996-2006. Using audio, video, art and photography as a medium to record the memory of survivors and families of the victims, Voices of Women Media shares them with the community at large with a purpose of education and remembrance.

 

4:00-6:00PM    –    TRAINING: Community-led Documentation, Session II (Members only)

Community-led documentation initiatives play a pivotal role in ensuring that community needs and priorities drive transitional justice processes. This training session conducted by GIJTR members PILPG and ICSC will explore best practices in documentation and the various ways it can be used to help societies respond to legacies of mass violence, conflict or authoritarian rule.

Facilitators:

Nikhil Narayan and Milena Sterio, Public International Law and Policy Group – PILPG

Dario Colmenares and Pratima Narayan, Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation – GIJTR, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

 


Thursday, December 10, 2020

 

2:00-3:00PM   –    Welcome and Presentation on Bangladesh/Rohingya Documentation Initiative

Silvia Fernandez, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Dario Colmenares, Global Initiative for Justice, Truth and Reconciliation – GIJTR

Kate Gibson, Public International Law & Policy Group (PILPG)

Marivic Mall, Centre for the Studies of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR)

Sofia Mazariegos, Fundación Antropología Forense de Guatemala (FAFG)

Pia Conradsen, Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR)

  • Brief overview of the day
  • Presentation on Bangladesh/Rohingya Documentation Initiative

Since August 2017, more than 700,000 members of the Rohingya community have fled mass killing, enforced disappearance, rape, torture, and other violations after a major military crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine State, fleeing to already constrained camps in Bangladesh that shelter almost 1,000,000 Rohingya. While internationally-led initiatives are crucial for securing accountability, there is a need for locally-led documentation efforts that can support ongoing accountability processes, lay a foundation for future transitional justice mechanisms, and serve as a basis for advocacy to prevent future atrocities. GIJTR partners will speak about their work strengthening survivors’ and local civil society actors’ capacity to engage in and advocate for accountability for atrocities against the Rohingya through a holistic and multidisciplinary program.

 

3:00-4:00PM   –    Roundtable Session: Documenting for Advocacy in Atrocity Prevention

Grassroots civil society actors serve as vital resources for the monitoring, investigation and documentation of grave violations of international human rights and international humanitarian law. In addition to promoting respect for human rights, they also challenge impunity and advocate for early warning and response. During this session, Coalition members from Bangladesh, the Balkans and Uganda will discuss how they have used documentation to support their advocacy efforts and prevent atrocities in different parts of the world.

 

4:00-4:30PM    –    Coffee Break + Networking

4:30-5:15PM    –    Interregional Dialogue (Members only) 

Facilitator: Silvia Fernandez, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

  • What are the main takeaways of the past four days?
  • From here, how do we continue to strengthen global alliances?

 

5:15-6:00PM   –    Women of Conscience Community (Members only)
Facilitator: Silvia Fernandez, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Under the framework of the Coalition’s Women of Conscience Initiative, the Women of Conscience Community is a hub for women working at or with Sites of Conscience around the world to come together, support each other, and help advance memorialization and transitional justice processes that incorporate a gender transformative approach.

 

6:00-6:15PM    –    Final Remarks
Silvia Fernandez, Coalition of Sites of Conscience

Dario Colmenares, Global Transitional Justice Initiative, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience

 


Friday, December 11, 2020

 

2:00-4:00PM   –   Asia Sites of Conscience Strategic Planning (only Asian Sites of Conscience Members)

Silvia Fernandez, International Coalition of Sites of Conscience
Gegê Leme Joseph, Internationa Coalition of Sites of Conscience

 

4:00-4:15PM   –   Coffee Break + Networking

 

4:15-6:00PM   –   Asian Sites of Conscience Working Group Session: Our Shared Journeys Exhibit + Dialogues (only Asian Sites of Conscience Members)