Monday, June 10

Eduard Nazarski is director of Amnesty International the Netherlands since 2006. After completing his study cultural anthropology at the University of Nijmegen, Nazarski worked for The Dutch Support Point for Volunteer work. Afterwards, He worked for fifteen years for the Dutch Council for Refugees, of which he was the director in the last six years. Until the summer of 2008, Nazarski was also Chair of the European Council on Refugees.

Tewelde Bahta (LL.M, MA) came to the Netherlands in the year 2000 as a refugee. After studying the Dutch language, he began his legal education in Amsterdam where he studied Dutch Law for a year. He moved to Maastricht where he completed his Bachelors and Masters in European Law School at the University of Maastricht. After briefly working as an intern at the prosecutor’s office of the International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in The Hague, he then attended an MA programme in Human Rights at the European Inter University Center in Venice, Italy, and at the Boltzmann Institute for Human Rights in Vienna, Austria. Tewelde represented the Dutch faculties at the international rounds of the Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, and he is a holder of the Dutch record for the best oralist for that competition. He is currently working on his PhD on access to justice and legal aid in Europe at the University of Amsterdam. Tewelde is a 2006 fellow of HIA.

Jelle Klaas is a lawyer at Fischer Advocaten in Haarlem since 2004. Fischer Advocaten specializes in social‐economic human rights. They try to help people who are excluded from basic human rights, such as shelter, food, benefits or education, in securing these rights. Most of their clients are undocumented people. Jelle Klaas also works on high profile discrimination cases like the exclusion of all people with an Iranian background from certain technical studies and facilities by the State and a famous case about a young girl who is forbidden to wear her headscarf to school. Jelle is also a revolutionary socialist.

Louis Middelkoop is a junior lecturer in the migration law department at VU University. He studied law and criminology at VU University, University of Amsterdam and Columbia Law School. Louis completed the HIA fellowship in Amsterdam in 2008 and was a Lantos Fellow in 2009. While in law school, he worked on appeal cases of detained asylum seekers with the Dutch Refugee Council. He then worked on a research project on sexual orientation and asylum and authored several publications in this field.

Bright Richards is the founder of The New Dutch Connections, With his powerful and stirring play ‘As I left my Father’s House’, he aspires to bring together migrants and Dutch people through the art of theatre and imagery. Bright is from Liberian descent. He has studied at the Drama school in Arnhem and has performed at numerous theatre companies, among which the Ro Theater, Het Zuidelijk Toneel (The Southern Theatre) and De Toneelschuur (The Theatre Shed).

Sander Terphuis was born in Teheran, Iran, with a visual handicap, and can see only 6% withis right eye and 1% with his left eye. Nonetheless, he decided to become a wrestler and was selected for the Iranian national wrestling team. When in 1999 the World Championships and Games for Disabled was held in the Netherlands he took the chance to flee the authoritarian Iranian government. Once he became naturalized as a Dutch citizen he decided to change his Iranian name into a typically Dutch name. In The Netherlands Sander studied philosophy and law. He worked as a junior judge, policymaker for Immigration Policies and as a state law lawyer. He is now a candidate as a member of parliament for the Dutch Labour Party, running for the next elections in September 2012.

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