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2 Day Workshop: The Protection of Persons with Disabilities During Armed Conflicts

Hosted by the Raoul Wallenberg Institute on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, & Faculty of Law, University of Lund (Sweden) In association with European Disability Forum (EDF), Harvard Law School Project on Disability (HPOD), US International Council on Disability (USICD) & Lumos.

Dates: Thursday, October 3 & Friday 4, 2019.


This two-day Workshop, which is supported under the Science for Peace and Security Programme of NATO (SPS) and co-facilitated by Professor Gerard Quinn, Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI) and Lund Law Faculty & Janet E. Lord of the Harvard Law School Project on Disability, offers a unique opportunity to reflect on a future agenda for the protection of civilians with disabilities during armed conflicts.

Persons with disabilities experience unique vulnerabilities during conflicts and are often left behind without services and supports needed to survive or placed in extreme risk during flight.  The issue is sadly topical.  In May 2019 the UN Secretary General’s 2019 report on the protection of civilians during armed conflicts specifically mentions the heightened risks of civilians with disabilities (S/2019/373 at para 49).  The Secretary General calls for a ‘more comprehensive thematic approach’ to ensure more effective protection for civilians with disabilities.  In June 2019 the UN Security Council unanimously passed Resolution 2475 which strongly urges all parties to armed conflict to respect and protect the rights of civilians with disabilities.

This timely Workshop brings together experts from around the world on civilian protection, international humanitarian law, the UN convention no the rights of persons with disabilities and from bodies such as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.  Its builds on expertise by experience and learns from those with direct knowledge of the situation on the ground.  The goal is to set an agenda for change to meaningfully advance the protection of persons with disabilities during conflicts.

Places are limited and would-be attendees are advised to contact the above email address.

Conference Links

The Pre-announcement Flyer

The Programme 

General Resources



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