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Wednesday, June 12 • 3:45pm - 5:00pm
How Tech Firms Enable Human Rights Violations in Palestine

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This session will map out and provide specific examples of how tech firms and companies enable human rights violations against Palestinians, including human rights defenders, and will discuss lessons learned to hold these firms accountable to international law as well as share business and human rights obligations and best practices related to areas of armed conflict.

Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip have lived under military occupation for 52 years and systemic discrimination becomes further entrenched making global tech firms more vulnerable to enabling human rights violations against Palestinians, including against human rights defenders. As global tech companies increasingly consider their obligations regarding human rights, this session seeks to identify how policy toward digital spaces impacts Palestinians on the ground and discuss human rights obligations for companies operating across borders in areas of armed conflict.

Speakers will identify how tech firms including Facebook, PayPal, Google, Booking.com and AirBnb have in varying ways enabled human rights violations or benefited from ongoing violations against Palestinians.

The session will map out how misinformation is increasingly deployed in digital spaces by rising nationalist civil society organizations to censor and eliminate legitimate human rights work and global Palestinian rights activism.

The session will equip participants to understand the human impact of digital rights policies from a rights-based perspective as it relates to international law violations in situations of armed conflict.

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Zena Agha

US Policy Fellow, Al-Shabaka
My name is Zena Agha, I'm the US Policy Fellow for Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian policy network, based in New York. Al-Shabaka is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to educate and foster public debate on Palestinian human rights and self-determination... Read More →

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Samuel B. Jones

President, Heartland Initiative
Sam Jones is President and Co-founder of Heartland Initiative, a nonprofit practice-based research organization that promotes the fundamental rights and freedoms of people in conflict-affected and high-risk areas (CAHRA). Through tailored learning services, Heartland works with stakeholders... Read More →
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Brad Parker

Senior Adviser, Policy & Advocacy, Defense for Children International - Palestine
I specialize in issues of juvenile justice and grave violations against children during armed conflict, and lead DCIP’s legal advocacy efforts on Palestinian children’s rights. I regularly write and speak on the situation of Palestinian children, particularly issues involving... Read More →

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm BST
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