Every two years, in Nantes, France, the World Forum on Human Rights opens a large public debate on issues that are of critical importance for the present and future of human rights. The World Forum on Human Rights was created under the initiative and with the support of the Social and Human Sciences Sector of UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation), then headed by Pierre Sané. Since 2008, the Forum has been organised by the International Permanent Secretariat on Human Rights and Local Governments (SPIDH).
The modest yet ambitious goal of the World Forum on Human Rights is to provide a new venue for broad thinking and intensive discussion on human rights issues, and for above all promoting best practice towards advancing human rights.
The 4th World Forum on Human Rights will take place at the Nantes Métropole International Convention Center, 28 June – 01 July. The 3rd World Forum on Human Rights, which SPIDH organised in 2008, brought together over 2,500 speakers and participants (compared with 1,200 in 2006) representing some 100 different nationalities.
EUROMIL is cooperating with the SPIDH to set up a Roundtable on the Right of Association in European Armed Forces on 30 June 2010, 14:00 – 16:30 hrs.
The speakers at this event will be Mr. Emmanuel Jacob, President of EUROMIL, Mr. Bernhard Gertz,Vice President of EUROMIL and former Chairman of the German Federal Armed Forces Association as well as Mr. Jorge Bravo Alvarez, President of the United Association of Spanish Military Personnel. The Roundtable will be moderated by Mr. Gerhard Ahlbrecht, Secretary General of EUROMIL.
The Roundtable seeks to raise awareness about (a) the right of association and (b) a part of society, which is often overlooked in the debate about human rights. Therefore, the panel would comment on the right of association, initially outlining the situation in Europe, clarify the role of military associations and encourage the audience to consider servicemen as “citizens in uniform”, entitled to certain inalienable human rights.
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