Friday, June 13

Topics of the day

We start off with Kinga Jelinska, who advocates individual abortion rights, and believes in a
world-wide approach to the matter. After her contribution we will meet another passionate
and globally oriented woman: Shirin Musa. Musa is the founder and initiator of Femmes for
Freedom, an organization that fights against forced marriage, marital captivity, polygamy
and honor killings. After lunch Gijs Bruggeman, a blind deaf young man, who fights for
recognition of this minority group in The Netherlands will share his life story with us.

In the afternoon we will focus on the question how human rights (do not) differ from civil
rights. What does being ‘illegal’ mean in a European country? The detention of
undocumented migrants and the discussion around criminalization of irregular stay is a
topic that is much criticized on by international NGO’s. HIA will devote this entire day to
refugees and the current situation in The Netherlands. We will start with a brief overview of
the current situation concerning irregular migrants in The Netherlands. Two refugees from
Somalia will be present to share their personal experience with the Dutch asylum
procedure..

We will end the day with a lot of buzz in the room, as you will all be ‘speeddating’ on possible
topics for your reports, to be written next week.

Location:
Amnesty International/HIA, Keizersgracht 177, Rosa Parkszaal (Ground Floor)

Women’s Rights
Special needs
Refugees

>> 09.00 – 09.30 Introducing the Day

>> 09.30 – 11.00 Everything you always wanted to know about abortion (but were afraid to ask)
Kinga Jelinska, activist health and reproductive rights movement

>> 11.00 – 11.15 Break

>> 11.15 – 12.15 Femmes for Freedom; the birth of an NGO
Shirin Musa, director Femmes for Freedom

>> 12.15 –13.00 Lunch

>> 13.00- 14.15 Development and obstakels; a personal view of a Deaf-Blind Person
Gijs Bruggeman, SWDA, Foundation for the Welfare of Deaf People

>> 14.15 –15.30 Human Rights and Irregular Migration
Jonneke van Wierst, journalist working for Amnesty Int.

>> 15.30 – 15.45 Break

>> 15.45 – 16.45 Experiencing the Dutch asylumprocedure
Bashir Abdulkadir & Ibrahim Sidow, refugees

>> 16.45 – 18.15 Speeddating on report topics

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