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Why is Russia Bombing Syrians? – HRHW 2016

February 18, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


The Syrian sky is crowded with jet fighters from different corners of the world. While none of these is contributing to solving the Syrian conflict, Russia has been specifically accused by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch of targeting civilians, using cluster bombs and committing atrocities that amount to war crimes.

In September 2015 Russia started its military intervention in Syria to allegedly fight ISIS, but numerous reports suggest otherwise. Who is Russia targeting in Syria? How is the Russian intervention shaping the humanitarian and political scene in Syria? What are the implications of Russia’s support of Assad on stability in Syria, the region and Europe? Can stability and security be established without committing to accountability and justice and safeguarding the basic rights of the Syrian people? What guarantees a lasting peace in Syria?


  • Kai Kverme: Former researcher at the Center for Islamic and Middle East Studies, University of Oslo
  • Ibrahim Olabi: Founder of the Syrian Legal Development Programme (SLDP), an organisation engaging with actors in Syria to promote compliance with International Humanitarian Law
  • John Peder Egenæs: Secretary General of Amnesty International Norway

The panel will be moderated by Tine Gade, Senior Lecturer in Middle East Studies at the University of Oslo.

See the full program of Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival on www.hrhw.no


February 18, 2016
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Event Category:


Human Rights Human Wrongs


Dronningens gate 16
Oslo, Oslo 0105 Norway
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