HCRI Research Seminar: Human Shields and the Struggle for Self-Determination in Gaza
|Starts:||15:00 15 Apr 2021|
|Ends:||17:00 15 Apr 2021|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Arts, Languages and Cultures|
|Who is it for:||University staff, External researchers, Adults, Alumni, Current University students, General public|
From Syrian civilians locked in iron cages to veterans joining peaceful indigenous water protectors at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, from Sri Lanka to Iraq and from Yemen to the United States, human beings have been used as shields for protection, coercion, or deterrence. Over the past decade, human shields have also appeared with increasing frequency in Black Lives Matter protests and environmental struggles, and even computer games. In this talk, Neve Gordon will focus on human shielding in the Gaza Strip, discussing how the position of civilians trapped in theatres of violence has become more precarious and their lives more expendable. He will go on to show how international humanitarian law often fails to protect civilians and at times even facilitates the use of lethal violence against vulnerable people while portraying the violence as humane.
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