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PRIO seminar: Democracy and Law in the Quest for Peace in South Asia
September 1, 2014 - 14:00-16:00
PRIO, the Norwegian 14 August Committee and the Stefanus Alliance have the pleasure of hosting an encounter with laywer, judge, activist and global citizen Asma Jahangir. The Seminar will be chaired by Kristian Berg Harpviken, Director of PRIO
A former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion of Belief, Asma Jahangir has cast a light on situations where religious and social values are manipulated to undermine the move towards equal rights for all. “Often” – states Jahangir – “rule of law is undermined in societies where religious and social values are raised on a pedestal. In South Asia, where tradition and religion is often heavily politicized, these are issues of extraordinary importance. If rule of law is critical to the sound evolution of democracy, is it also the case that rule of law ought to be liberated from the values of a particular people or context, or is a certain level of adjustment, so that universal principles resonate with local worldviews, is critical to success? These are the key questions that Asma Jahangir will engage with in this seminar. She will do so with reference to the situation in the South Asian region, but the dilemmas she engages with are universal.
This seminar is organized by PRIO, jointly with the Norwegian 14 August Committee and the Stefanus Alliance. Asma Jahangir is in Oslo to receive the Stefanus Prize 2 September.
For more information and registration: Here
Venue: PRIO, Hausmanns gate 7, Oslo