By Aleksandar Brisevac, The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.
Between May 27th and June 1st 2013, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin held a Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy and Human Rights “Towards a Global Human Rights Culture: The Need for a Collective Alliance in the Protection & Promotion of Human Rights”.
The conference provided the platform for activists, experts, academics and world leaders involved in the field of Human Rights to come together, create alliances, and better coordinate their activities, thus promoting better implementation and enforcement of Human Rights in a more effective nature.
One of the speakers at the Symposium was Arthur Gwagwa, Coordinator from International Liaison Office, Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum. Mister Gwagwa gave a Lecture on the topic of “The Need to Adopt Adequate Measures to Prevent Mass Atrocities and Crimes Against Humanity in Zimbabwe”
“I’ve been asked to address on the topic The Need to Adopt Adequate Measures to Prevent Mass Atrocities and Crimes Against Humanity in Zimbabwe. This is obviously very sensitive topic, which ought to be address objectively and with lot of sensitivity.
The main reason being is the complex history of continent of Africa, but also the complex history of the nation of Zimbabwe, where the conflicts or the political stride, if I were to use the lesser term, is multidimensional, and it has multiple stake holders. So all those dynamics have to be taken into account in addressing on the issue of Zimbabwe.
Particularly we have the situation in Zimbabwe where the former victims of the war of liberation were not adequately rehabilitated because the war took place in the time when psycho –social interventions were not very popular then. So we have victims some of whom ended up becoming perpetrators, and we got former perpetrators, like the white nationalists in the country, who are now also victims. So it’s a very complex dynamic particularly when we are talking about death of people measured in thousands and hundreds, it’s not a topic that should be approached trough academic exigencies, but with a lot of sensitivity, which is what I’m going to do today”.
For more of Arthur Gwagwa’s Lecture please take your time to watch the video recording.