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AUAF Hosts a Film Screening & Panel Discussion on Human Rights

On February 25, 2016,  The Embassy of the Netherlands hosted a human rights documentary screening of “E-Team” in partnership with American University of Afghanistan (AUAF).  Afterward, an intimate panel discussion with AUAF students took place on Human Rights. The panel members included Ambassador to the Netherlands H.E Henk Jan Bakker, Deputy Director of UNANA Human Rights Unit Mr.  Renaud Detalle, and Associate Professor of Law at AUAF Mrs. Ghizaal Haress who were all welcomed and introduced by Soraya Ahmadyar, AUAF Director of Development.

The event kicked off with a screening of the film "E-Team", a documentary that follows the efforts of three human rights investigators who travel to Syria and Iraq in pursuit of documenting human rights violations.  The “Emergency-team” represent the Human Rights Watch group and travel around the world to bring attention and evidence to support cases where crimes against humanity have been committed.


The documentary screening was followed by a panel discussion by Ambassador Bakker, Mr. Renaud Detalle and Professor Haress.  Ambassador Bakker spoke about the importance of justice and peace for the stability of a country, and said that the war in Syria is continuing to expand and is quickly becoming a regional and international conflict.

"Bringing peace is incredibly important.  There has to be a balance, you can't bring justice to every single case, we need to have justice and peace together" said Ambassador Bakker.

In her speech, Professor Ghizaal Hares talked about the wars in Afghanistan, and said that decades of war includes war crime. "In the past 13 years, we have not reached to that stability and peace we hoped for," said Professor Hares.

Mr. Detalle highlighted some of the key aspects of Human rights and said our methodology is to follow those reports which are focus on civilians. The event concluded with a lively question and answer session with the students in attendance.