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The “Forgotten Conflicts” programme aims to bring light to the reality of situations in various regions of the world by promoting greater knowledge and awareness of conflicts and their consequences among the general public. This approach is carried out from a human rights and international law perspective and seeks to understand the conflicts' underlying causes and to offer a constructive vision that contributes to the advancement of peaceful solutions.

In the case of the South Caucasus the conflicts go back to the disintegration of the USSR and constitute just some of the many unresolved territorial disputes that have existed since that time. National demands and religious factors are mixed in with the various energy and geopolitical interests in play. The region is composed of three sovereign states - Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia - and found within it are three regions - Abkhazia, South Ossetia and Nagorno-Karabakh - that aspire to become states. These regions have experienced moments of tension and armed conflict that have created many victims and brought about serious human rights violations, without a final solution to their demands being reached.

The IDHC aims to bring this reality closer to Catalan society by means of two roundtable events. The central theme will be these three conflicts in the South Caucasus, focused on from different angles by people who deal with various facets of the conflicts from different areas of intervention.



The conflicts of the South Caucasus. History and future

The peace processes
Ana Villellas, Researcher at the Escola de Cultura de Pau, Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona

The role of international organisations in the region
Natividad Fernández Solá, Professor of International Law and International Relations, Universidad de Zaragoza, Observatorio Asia Cultural

Moderator: David Bondia, director of the IDHC

Date:October 21st, 2009
Place: Auditori del CERC . Montalegre, 7. How to get there
Time: 10 to 11:30h


Programme (PDF 777Kb, in Spanish)

NGOs on the ground: The human rights situation in the region

Avetik Ishkhanyan, Armenia Helsinki Committee

Avaz Hasanov, Society for Humanitarian Research (SHR)

Ucha Nanuashvili, Human Rights Centre

Moderator: Marta Ter, Lliga dels Drets dels Pobles

Simultaneous translation will be available.

Date:October 21st, 2009
Place: Auditori del CERC . Montalegre, 7. How to get there
Time: 12 to 13:30h


Programme (PDF 777Kb, in Spanish)



The speeches of the participants in the roundtables will be compiled in a publication that will form part of the series "Forgotten Conflicts".


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