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Summer Human Rights Lecture Series: Internment of Migrants in Hot Spots (Italy and Greece) and Refugee Camps (Africa): A Comparative Case Study of Human Rights Violations

EVT 516
Jul 25
7:00 pm
Rm. 111 (Auditorium), Science Teaching & Learning Center
Status: No Registration Required
This event has a different title than what appears in the catalogue. The previously listed talk, "Reflections on the Intersections between Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid Work," has been replaced with a new topic and guest speaker. The date and time have not changed.


The Stanford Summer Human Rights Program is an interdisciplinary collaboration that explores emerging issues in human rights through a series of courses, public lectures, and films. In 2017, the program will continue the discussion of international human rights in the 21st century, considering broad perspectives on what constitutes human rights in an increasingly diverse and global society. The Summer Human Rights Program is sponsored by Stanford Summer Session in collaboration with Stanford Continuing Studies, the Stanford Master of Liberal Arts program, and the United Nations Association Film Festival (UNAFF).

Internment of Migrants in Hot Spots (Italy and Greece) and Refugee Camps (Africa): A Comparative Case Study of Human Rights Violations

Every person has a right of movement and circulation. Everyone also has the right to seek asylum. Yet, migrants often, whether they ask for refugee status or not, are incarcerated under the different administrative frameworks.

This raises many legal issues. The legal framework of their administrative detention, the lawfulness of the hot spots under international law, or even closed refugee camps and the international protection of human rights are some of the serious issues that raise important concerns. Confinement without freedom of movement- classically qualified as imprisonment – is considered to be a criminal sanction in most modern societies and is reserved for perpetrators of criminal offenses. Thus, in case of migrants, it constitutes a violation of their rights and freedoms, whether in hot spots in Europe or in refugee camps in Africa.

This lecture aims to analyze specific aspects of each type of detention in light of the European (and global) crisis of migrants and to compare different approaches (in legal aspects but also in humanitarian approaches).

Jelena Aparac, Lecturer in International Law, University Paris Ouest

Jelena Aparac was a Legal Advisor in international humanitarian law for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Paris where she worked on issues such as protection of medical mission, medico-legal protection of victims of sexual violence and torture in conflict zones, anti terrorist legislations and humanitarian action. She also did several field missions in armed conflict zones, as a Reporting Officer (in South Sudan and DR Congo) and Humanitarian Affairs Advisor (Chad/CAR/Darfur border). In February 2016, she was selected as Academic Friend for the Advisory Committee of UN Human Rights Council.
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