Our second fringe event at the 2010 Liberal Democrat conference in Liverpool was a joint event with CAABU.
The event was chaired by Alastair Carmichael who is MP for Orkney and Shetland as well as Deputy Chief Whip for the Liberal Democrats.
Sarah Colborne spoke in her capacity as the Campaign and Operations Director for Palestine Solidarity Campaign and gave us moving eyewitness testimony from on board the Mavi Marmara as the Israelis boarded the ship in international waters in May 2010.
Our second speaker was Carla Ferstman who spoke on ‘Accountability for War Crimes’ in which she made reference to Universal Jurisdiction. Carla is the Director of REDRESS, a human rights organisation that helps torture survivors obtain justice and reparation. Carla is also a part-time lecturer in international law at Westminster University and a member of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Expert Panel on Torture.
Contributing from the audience was Andrea, a representative of Medical Aid for Palestinians – an organisation founded by Dr. Swee Ang after she personally witnessed the aftermath of the Sabra and Shatila massacre. This meant that we had representatives from three leading UK organisations involved in campaigns for the rights and dignity of both refugees and torture victims.
Thank you to everyone who came and supported our event, and for those who could not make it, the video below shows the first part of the event before we had a slightly extended discussion session.