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2008 Expert seminar on the links between articles 19 and 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR): Freedom of expression and advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence


(2-3 October 2008, Geneva, Palais des Nations, Room XXI)
Chair: Mr. Bertie Ramcharan

Provisional agenda

Thursday, 2 October
10:00 – 10:45 Opening statements by:
  • Ms. Navanethem Pillay
    High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • H. E. Mr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi
    President of the Human Rights Council
    Recorded message by H. E. Mr. Jorge Sampaio
    Former President of Portugal
  • Recorded message by H. E. Mr. Jorge Sampaio Former President of Portugal
11:00 – 13:00 Topic A:
The international legal framework and the interrelatedness between articles 19 and 20 of the ICCPR and States’ obligations

Presentation by the following Experts

  • Mr. Frank La Rue Lewy
  • Ms. Agnès Callamard
  • Ms. Nazila Ghanea

Discussion on topic A among experts followed by questions and comments from observers

1500 – 18:00 Topic B:
Limits to the restrictions to freedom of expression – Criteria and application

Presentation by the following Experts

  • Ms. Asma Jahangir
  • Mr. Abdelfattah Amor
  • Mr. Mogens Schmidt

Discussion on topic B among experts followed by questions and comments from observers

Friday, 3 October
10:00 – 11:45 Topic C:
Analysis of the notion of advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence (language article 20.2 ICCPR)

Presentation by the following Experts

  • Mr. Vitit Muntarbhorn
  • Mr. Patrice Meyer-Bisch
  • Dr. Mohamed Saeed M. Eltayeb

Discussion on topic C among experts followed by questions and comments from observers

12:00 – 13:00 Topic D:
Analogies and parallels with other types of “incitement”

Presentation by the following Experts

  • Mr. Doudou Diène
  • Mr. Patrick Thornberry
  • Mr. Natán Lerner
15:00 – 16:00 Discussion on topic D among experts followed by questions and comments from observers
16:15 – 18:00 Concluding session