Annual Harrell-Bond Lecture 2007
This podcast was recorded at the annual Harrell-Bond Lecture of the Refugee Studies Centre (RSC), which was held on Wednesday 21 November 2007 at the University of Oxford’s Museum of Natural History. In commemoration of the 25th Anniversary of the Refugee Studies Centre, His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan gave the lecture and spoke on the subject of human rights and refugees. This recording of the 2007 Harrell-Bond Lecture is preceded by the introductory remarks to the lecture which were given by the RSC's Director, Professor Roger Zetter.
A pluralist, believing in consensus and respect for the other, His Royal Highness believes in societies in which all peoples can live, work and function in freedom and with dignity. This goal has been the moving force behind his interest and involvement in humanitarian and interfaith issues, with particular stress on the human dimension of conflicts. His Royal Highness has initiated, founded and is actively involved in a number of Jordanian and international institutes and committees. He co-chaired the Independent Commission on International Humanitarian Issues (ICIHI), 1983 and is currently President and Patron of the Arab Thought Forum. In September 2003, His Royal Highness was elected Chairman of an Independent Eminent Experts group, appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, to implement the Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance that took place in Durban in 2001. His Royal Highness is a founding member of the Parliament of Cultures which was established in Istanbul in July 2002. On his call for humanitarian and cultural outreach, His Royal Highness is currently working with American NGOs on a programme called Partners in Humanity, the aim of which is to carry out a series of activities that serve to improve understanding and build positive relationships between the Muslim world and the United States. Prince Hassan is the author of seven books.
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