You have all been hearing about Syria in the news for nearly six years. Yet it seems that not many people are in fact aware of what is actually taking place. This event aims at explaining and simplifying the complexities surrounding the situation in the turbulent country.
Carsten Bockemuehl is the Research & Policy Manager at Amnesty International New Zealand. His work is focused on ending war crimes in armed conflicts as well as supporting refugees and human rights defenders across the Asia-Pacific. He has previously worked with Amnesty International’s UN office in New York. He studied modern history and international relations in Cologne, Paris and Tokyo.
Karam Shaar is a Syrian national studying his PhD in Economics at Victoria University of Wellington. As he lived in Syria before the conflict and took place in the early protests that later turned into a civil war, he will share with you his first-hand account of what took place. Karam has published some opinion articles on the issue in Arabic and in English and took place in a large number of activities protesting the status quo in the country.
Mark Mitchell is the Senior Humanitarian Programmes Coordinator at Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand, the Catholic agency for justice, peace and development. He also chairs the New Zealand NGO Disaster Relief Forum (NDRF) and works with government and sister organisations to develop and promote humanitarian best practise. He has led teams and managed emergency response for a range of natural and conflict-related disasters around the world.
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