30 September 2014
On 23 September, BADIL Resource Centre for Palestinian Residency and Refugee Rights hosted a side event at the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva. Focusing on the Syrian Refugee Crisis, the side event was attended by leading international humanitarian and refugee law experts, and provoked important discussion on this increasingly desperate issue.
Professor Susan Akram, from Boston University School of Law presented a report containing her findings on the Syrian refugee crisis and its effects on Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. She presented the legal frameworks present in those countries; existing protection gaps and a number of recommendations to address the crisis.
Claude Bruderlin, strategic Advisor to the President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), as well as Senior Researcher at the Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research at Harvard University, spoke about the issue from a humanitarian perspective including a consideration of long-term education, health and livelihood issues.