The Transformative Power of Justice

December 8, 2016; The Permanent Missions of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Cyprus with the support of the World Future Council and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights conducted a special event to mark Human Rights Day at the UN library in Geneva.

This special event reflected on how the destructive drama of political transition can become a constructive ground of transformation. It highlighted the practice of transformative justice through a compelling combination of a multi-cultural presentation-performance, a high-level roundtable with distinguished experts and an interactive dialogue with the audience.

The roundtable speakers were; Dr. Suraya Dalil, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva; Mr. Andreas Ignatious, Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva; Mr. Adam Abdelmoula, Director, Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Division, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and a diplomat from the Permanent Mission of Colombia. The panel was moderated by Prof. Rama Mani, Transformative Justice Course Director, Geneva Academy, World Future Councilor and Founder Theatre of Transformation.

Ambassador Suraya Dalil shared Afghanistan’s experiences on justice and its impact on sustainable peace, security and development. She mentioned that “structural inequalities are the root causes of poverty and conflict in many societies and social justice; in all its dimensions of civil, political, economical, social and cultural; is an effective process for prevention of conflict and transformation.” She further mentioned that “Afghanistan has experienced a progressive realization of social justice and its citizen’s human rights”. Ambassador Dalil also reflected on Afghanistan’s achievement in the last 15 years in the protection and promotion of human rights values. Each of the speakers shared their country experiences and practices in the implementation of justice and its power for transformation.

 

The panel also included a session of interactions, comments and questions from the audience. The multi-cultural presentation was carried out by Masters students of the Geneva Academy in transformative justice and had included musical performances.