Fight for Independence: Human Right or Political Game?

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Time: Tuesday, January 30th at 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

Venue: Science14 Brussels, Rue de la Science 14, 1040 Bruxelles

The question if homogeneous cultural groups living in territories that are part of a broader nation have the right to ask for independence and create a new self-governed, independent State separated from their previous country appears in different parts of the world.

Within Europe the Catalan question has made headlines, as did the Scottish question a few years ago. The Kurdish question is always open and in the Asian continent, the issue of the Kashmiri region has demanded international attention for decades.

In our upcoming event, the WSF would like to focus on the issue and explore the question from a human right and conflict resolution perspective: is territorial self-determination a human right or is it part of a political ideology? What legal mechanisms exist to put it in practice? Is it necessary to recur to violence to obtain the goal?

Speakers and Agenda

18.00 – Opening of Registrations

18.30 – Keynote Speech

Dr Igor Šoltes MEP, Member of the European Parliament and Co-Founder of the EU-Catalonia Dialogue Platform

18.45 – Panel Debate with Q&A – Regional Independence: Right or Political Scheme?

Mr Erik Edman – Belgian National Collective Member, DiEM25

Mr Kahraman Evsen – President of the Kurdish European Society

Mrs Shamila Mahmood – Researcher at Cambridge University

Panel Chair: Mrs Cristina Luca – Communication and Events Coordinator, World Solidarity Forum

20.00 – End of Event.

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