Human rights after the Holocaust: what have we learned?


Image taken from Hind. S, ‘Jewish refugees who found love in Scotland after fleeing Nazis prepare to celebrate 75 years together in their new homeland’, Daily Record (13 November 2013), available here.

I’m really excited to share with you the invitation to an event I am organising in my role as Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust with the University of Glasgow’s School of Law and student organisation Law in Action.

It is called, ‘Human rights after the Holocaust: what have we learned?’ and will take place on Thursday the 25th of February from 5.30-8pm at the Senate Room in Glasgow University’s main building. It is for students, academics, relevant networks and others interested in the event topic. Tickets are available via EventBrite here.

I am honoured to have two Holocaust survivors, Henry and Ingrid Wuga, joining us to give their testimonies and participate in a question and answer session. This will be followed by a panel discussion with leading academics and practitioners in human rights, history, refugee issues and international law. We hope to reflect on the contemporary relevance of the Holocaust, particularly in the context of human rights issues today – such as the refugee crisis, hate crime and genocide.

Henry and Ingrid Wuga are originally from Nurembourg and Dortmund respectively, and came to the UK on Operation Kindertransport which saved 669 Jewish refugees during WWII. They are now fellow Scots!

Panel speakers include:

  • Ms. Amal Azzudin (Human rights Activist and Glasgow Girl)
  • Mr. Gary Christie (Head of Policy and Communications at Scottish Refugee Council)
  • Ms. Carol Ewart (Independent Human Rights Consultant)
  • Dr. Jacques Hartmann (Professor of Public International Law and Human Rights Law at University of Dundee)
  • Ms. Thérèse O’Donnell (Professor of Human Rights Law at University of Strathclyde)
  • Professor Ray Stokes (Professor of Business History and organisor of Annual HMD Memorial Lecture at University of Glasgow)
  • Mr. Andrew Sirel (Solicitor at Legal Services Agency and Professor at University of Glasgow)

Full speaker biographies are available here.

I hope to see you there for what I hope will be a moving and thought-provoking event, linked to the 2016 ‘Don’t Stand By’ Holocaust Memorial Day theme.

Keep posted for a follow-up blog post about the event with photos and quotes!





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