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JOHANNESBURG, 05 Oct 2011 – South Africa is set to host the Third International Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine “Are Israel’s practices against the Palestinian People in breach of the prohibition on Apartheid under International Law?”
With the spotlight on Palestine’s bid for statehood before the United Nations, the 3rd international session couldn’t come at a more opportune time. The gathering, which is to be held in Cape Town in November, will examine whether Israel’s practices against the Palestinians is in breach of the prohibition on Apartheid under International Law.
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine is a public awareness tribunal set up by international civil society to investigate violations of international law perpetrated against the Palestinian people.
World renowned experts and witnesses are to participate in the event. Amongst those due to attend are:
Stéphane Hessel: Diplomat, ambassador, writer and concentration camp survivor
Alice Walker: Pulitzer Prize Winner, Author and Poet.
Ronald Kasrils: South African writer, politician and activist.
Mairead Maguire: Nobel Peace Prize laureate and peace activist
John Dugard: South African international law professor and former Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian territories.
Several other high profile South Africans are also likely to join the discussions, namely Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela and Zwelinzima Vavi.
The Third International Session of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine
Date: 5-7 November 2011
Venue: District Six Museum
For more information on the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, please visit: http://www.russelltribunalonpalestine.com/en
NOTE TO EDITORS:
Attached is the programme for the 3rd International session on Palestine.
The media accreditation process is now OPEN.
Attached is the accreditation form.
Completed forms must please be email to RTOP.CapeTown@gmail.com, by 1 November 2011.
Issued on behalf of:
The Russell Tribunal on Palestine
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