Human Dignity and the Life of the Palestinians

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On Wednesday afternoon, 28 March 2012, the Initiative on Judicial Independence and Human Dignity (KARAMAH) launched its conclusive conference on Human Dignity and the Life of Palestinians.
The Conference was launched by Chief Justice Farid al Jallad, Chairman of the High Judicial Council (HJC), Dr. Khalil Hindi, President of Birzeit University (BZU), Dr. Alan Wildeman, President of the University of Windsor (UWindsor), and Mr. Chris Greenshields, Canada’s Representative to the Palestinian Authority.

Dr. Hindi expressed his thanks and appreciation for the KARAMAH team, Palestinian Judicial Authority, civil society organisations, and BZU and UWindsor teaching staff, researchers, administrative staff and employees. Dr. Hindi also thanked the Government of Canada and Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for their generous support of this significant Initiative. “Today, I would like to announce the launch of the Windsor-Birzeit Initiative on Dignity,” Dr. Hindi declared. “This is an international, interdisciplinary partnership that brings together researchers at both universities. It will be further expanded to include researchers from other universities and countries.” He went on. In addition to examining and institutionalising the concept of human dignity throughout the Arab World, the Initiative on Dignity seeks to produce academic studies and generate theoretical and methodological innovation in line with topical issues in the region.

Chief Justice Al Jallad articulated his happiness with the distinguished guests, including local and international lawyers and judges. “This Conference will contribute to transforming human dignity from conceptual and theoretical norms into a practical application that should positively reflect on both citizens and litigants.” Al Jallad commended the partnership between the HJC and BZU in general, and IoL in particular. Over the past five years, KARAMAH has been implemented jointly with the HJC.

“Having implemented its tailor-made activities, KARAMAH has managed to raise public sensitisation of the concept of human rights in judicial functions. KARAMAH has enhanced judicial training, developed training materials on a variety of legal themes, and strengthened judicial training curricula. The Judicial Authority is proud of KARAMAH’s performance. We thank KARAMAH and highly appreciate its effort.” The Chief Justice elaborated.

Dr. Wildeman commended the successful partnership between UWindsor and BZU. “At the time KARAMAH announces the near closing of its activity, I would like to bring glad tidings of signing the Windsor-Birzeit Initiative on Dignity, which will complement KARAMAH’s action and build on the successful cooperation between UWindsor and BZU.” Dr. Wildeman concluded.

Mr. Greenshields articulated his happiness with such initiatives, which aim to consolidate values of dignity and good governance. Mr. Greenshields reiterated the Canadian Government’s role in supporting the Palestinian people as well as its relentless endeavours to build and develop Palestinian institutions, especially in the education and justice sectors.

Over three days, the Conference addressed the concept and applications of dignity in various areas, including law, philosophy, international studies, architecture, community health and gender. A number of highly esteemed justices, academics, multidisciplinary researchers, representatives of justice sector components and civil society actors took part in the event. Distinguished UWindsor academics and Canadian high-profile justices, who have jointly worked with KARAMAH, also participated in the Conference.

Implemented in partnership between the IoL and Windsor Law School, KARAMAH has benefited from financial support of the Government of Canada provided through CIDA.

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