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18th Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict
titled "Toward a New Global Normal: Dignity Through Solidarity!"
representing the 36th Annual Conference of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies (HumanDHS)
Virtual, in Partnership with Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City

December 9 – 11, 2021



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Meeting and Greeting: Connection-Reflection Groups — explained by Janet Gerson (Video 2021 | Video 2020)

Main program points
•  Day One
•  Day Two
•  Day Three
•  Honoring Howard Richards
•  Messages to the World
•  Michael Britton's Don Klein Celebration Talk
•  Evelin Lindner's Talk

•  Dignilogue 1: "Dignity Through Solidarity: What Can We Do Make This Future Possible?"
•  Dignilogue 2: "Creating Courage Through Action in the Age of Cogitocide, Sociocide, and Ecocide"
•  Dignilogue 3: "Generating Dignity Through Compassionate Justice?"
•  Dignilogue 4: "Plotting the Future of the World Dignity University"
Dignilogue 5: "Pathways to Solidarity: Dignifying Relationships with People and the Planet (Turning Ideas into Action)"

•  Bonus Sessions Day One
•  Bonus Sessions Day Two
•  Music, Movement, and Poetry
•  All 108 Videos

Linda Hartling & Morton Deutsch & Evelin Lindner
Linda Hartling and Evelin Lindner are the conveners of the annual workshops at Columbia University, together with honorary convener Morton Deutsch. He convened the first workshop in 2003, and he has been its honorary convener until his passing in 2017. We wish to honor his memory by conducting this workshop also in the future.
• The photo with Morton Deutsch was taken in 2014. Please click on the pictures above to see it them larger.
Welcome and Greetings on Day One of our workshop

• Opening of Day One with musical meditations from Lasse Moer, Humler og lavendel (bumblebees and lavender) (Video Day One | Video Day Three | original Video September 7, 2021)
Linda Hartling, Director of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, welcomed all participants of the workshop (Video | the Digni-Planners gathered prior to the workshop Video)
Linda Hartling acknowledged the Digni-Planners of this workshop (Video)
Linda Hartling explained the use of the camera and microphone during this workshop (Video Day Three)
Danielle Coon, Associate Director of the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution (MD-ICCCR), welcomed all participants (Video)
Evelin Lindner, Founding President of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, welcomed all participants of the workshop (Video | Video recorded on December 6, 2021 | Text)
Linda Hartling introduced the Appreciative Frame for this workshop (Video 2021 | Video 2020)
We use the perspective of Appreciative Enquiry as a frame for our work. See introductions shared in previous workshops: 2020, 2019, 2016, 2015, 2014 (see also Pdf), 2012, 2011, and see An Appreciative Frame, written by Linda Hartling in 2005
Linda Hartling gave an overview over the program of the workshop (Video)
• Connection and Reflection Groups explained by Janet Gerson (Video 2021 | Video 2020)
Anna Strout gathered the participants for group photos with Danielle Coon as a gift to the MD-ICCCR (Version 1 | Version 2 | Version 3)

Scrim

Michael Britton gave the traditional Don Klein Memorial Lecture on Day One of our workshop
Michael uses Don's metaphor of a scrim, a transparent stage curtain, where one believes that what one sees is reality only as long as the light shines on it in a certain way: see Don's explanation.

• Michael Britton's Don Klein Celebration Lecture of 2021 (Video)
See the original video that was recorded on December 5, 2021, and edited by Linda Hartling on December 6, 2021, and a longer presentation with PowerPoint recorded on November 30, 2021, and edited by Linda Hartling on December 1, 2021

• Please see all of Michael Britton's Don Klein Celebration Lectures since 2007 here

Dignilogue #1 on Day One of our workshop
Dignity Through Solidarity: What Can We Do Make This Future Possible?


• Digni-Host — Janet Gerson
• Digni-Contributors — Emmanual Ndahimana, Carol Smaldino, Lyndon Harris, Joy Ndwandwe

Linda Hartling explained the concept of dignilogues (Video)

Dignilogue 1: Full Length
Janet Gerson, host (Video)
Emmanuel Ndahimana (Video | Video recorded on November 13, 2021 | Text prepared on December 9, 2021 | Text prepared on November 19, 2021)
Carol Smaldino (Video)
Lyndon Harris (Video)
Joy Ndwandwe (Video | Video recorded on November 17, 2021 | PowerPoint)
• Thanks to all participants in Dignilogue 1 (Video)

Dignilogue #2 on Day One of our workshop
Creating Courage Through Action in the Age of Cogitocide, Sociocide, and Ecocide

• Digni-Host — Linda Hartling
• Digni-Contributors — His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal, Rebecca "Becky" Tabaczynski, Victoria Fontan, Evelin Lindner, Femke Wijdekop, Jojo Mehta (background information), and Rosario Galvan (comment)

Dignilogue 2: Full Length
Linda Hartling, host of this dignilogue, announced it (Video)
Linda Hartling opened the dignilogue (Video)
His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal explains the notion of the Cogitosphere (Video | Video recorded on October 25, 2021, and edited by Linda Hartling | Video recorded on December 8, 2021, at the Stop Ecocide International Criminal Court side event)
Rebecca "Becky" Tabaczynski (Video | Video recorded on November 29, 2021)
• 128 Victoria Fontan (Video)
Evelin Lindner (Video | Video recorded on December 7, 2021 | Text)
Femke Wijdekop (Video | Video recorded on November 19, 2021)

Bonus Sessions at the end of Day One of our workshop
Deepening the Dialogue/Co-Creativity Groups


David Yamada and Janet Gerson: Welcome to HumanDHS: New and Returning Friends, Students, and Mentors
Beth Boynton: Warm-up Activities for Engaging & Connecting Your Groups on Zoom (Video)
Dignilogue #3 on Day Two of our workshop
Generating Dignity Through Compassionate Justice?

• Digni-Host — Philip Brown
• Digni-Contributors — Michael Perlin, Janet Gerson, David Yamada, Tony Gaskew, Ginger Lerner-Wren (guest)

Dignilogue 3: Full Length
Linda Hartling introduced the dignilogue (Video)
Philip Brown hosted the dignilogue (Video)
Michael Perlin (Video)
David Yamada (Video)
Janet Gerson (Video)
Tony Gaskew (Video)
• Thanks to all participants in Dignilogue 3 (Video)

Dignilogue #4 on Day Two of our workshop
Plotting the Future of the World Dignity University Initiative

• Digni-Host — David Yamada
• Digni-Contributors — Evelin Lindner, Ulrich Spalthoff, Mara Alagic, David Yamada

Dignilogue 4: Full Length
Linda Hartling introduced the dignilogue (Video)
David Yamada hosted the dignilogue (Video)
Evelin Lindner (Video | long Video and PowerPoint prepared on November 23, 2021)
Ulrich Spalthoff (Video)
Mara Alagic (Video)
David Yamada (Video)

Howard Richards Was Honored with the 2021 HumanDHS Lifetime Commitment Award

• Award Ceremony in full length (Video)
• Message of Appreciation from Evelin Lindner (Video | Pdf)
• Award Acceptance Speech by Howard Richards (Video recorded on December 8, 2021 | long Pdf | short Pdf)
Howard Richards' 3 Most Important Messages to the World (Video, 5th June 2013 | short version prepared by Linda Hartling on December 5, 2021)
Bonus Sessions at the end of Day Two of our workshop
Deepening the Dialogue/Co-Creativity Groups


Chipamong (Chipa) Chowdhury, or Bhante Revata Dhamma (monk's name, known in the monastic communities) announced his Bonus Session titled "Pandemic, Inner Adventure, and Nomad Mindfulness!" (Video)
Claudia Thimm announced her Bonus Session titled "Nonviolent and Dignifying Communication" (Video | PowerPoint)
From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity Evelin Lindner
(Video | PowerPoint | Big History Summary Pdf | Version of 39 minutes recorded on November 27, 2021, in Germany Video)
This talk was based on Evelin Lindner's book:
From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity (Lake Oswego, OR: World Dignity University Press of Dignity Press, 2022, see the synopsis)

Dignity Now New York City & Hameln (Hamelin)



Dignilogue #5 on Day Three of our workshop
Pathways to Solidarity: Dignifying Relationships with People and the Planet — Turning Ideas into Action


• Digni-Host — Elaine Meis
• Contributors: Phil Brown for for the Dignity Now New York City Group, Chipamong (Chipa) Chowdhury, or Bhante Revata Dhamma (monk's name, known in the monastic communities), the Dignity Now Hameln (Hamelin) Group, Zuzana Lučkay Mihalčinová (greetings)

Dignilogue 5: Full Length
Elaine Meis, host of this dignilogue, announced it (Video)
Philip Brown (Video)
Chipamong (Chipa) Chowdhury, or Bhante Revata Dhamma (monk's name, known in the monastic communities) (Video)
• The Dignity Now in Hameln group presented their dignity work (Video)
Thank you, dear Michael Boyer, for devising a lovely "script" for the introduction of the Hameln group during this Dignilogue:
Evelin described the group and introduced Michael Boyer > Michael introduced Regina
> Regina presented Andrea and her BUND Plastic Action > Andrea turned to Georg Geckler > Georg presented Claudia Thimm > Claudia introduced to Gisela Michalik > Gisela presented Dorothee > Dorothee introduced Andreas > the Hameln group sang Dona Nobis Pacem.
• Greetings to Zuzana Lučkay Mihalčinová (Video)

His Royal Highness Prince Hassan bin Talal: "Message to the World"
Video edited by Linda Hartling on January 3, 2021

See the original Video that His Royal Highness pre-recorded in the Majlis in Amman, Jordan, on December 10, 2020.

Prince Hassan bin Talal has served as the president of the Club of Rome from 1999 to 2007, the board of directors for the Center for Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution at the University of Oklahoma, the Parliament of Cultures, the Royal Jordanian Polo Club, and the International Tolerance Foundation for Humanities and Social Studies, and is honorary president of the Euro-Mediterranean Association for Cooperation and Development since 2012.
Prince Hassan bin Talal is a member of the Jordanian royal family, he is the brother of King Hussein, who was King of Jordan until his death in 1999, and he is the uncle of King Abdullah II, the present King of Jordan, who reigns since February 7, 1999.

See also:
Prince El Hassan bin Talal explains the notion of the Cogitosphere (Video recorded on October 25, 2021, and edited by Linda Hartling).
Prince El Hassan bin Talal explains the notion of the Cogitosphere in his remarks at the Stop Ecocide International Criminal Court side event (Video recorded on December 8, 2021)
Messages to the World
"Messages to the World" are a contribution to the World Dignity University Library of Ideas to be shared with the world and, hopefully, inspirational for future generations.

See more messages here


A big thank you to all
music, movement, and poetry contributors
throughout the workshop!

See more here




December 7, 2021
Ecocide: A fifth crime defined
This year, in response to political demand, an independent expert panel of top international criminal and environmental lawyers from around the world spent 6 months drafting a clear, concise definition of “ecocide” as a potential 5th crime under the Rome Statute. With the new definition already gaining significant political traction, co-chairs of the panel Philippe Sands QC and Dior Fall Sow are joined by key voices from countries at the forefront of the growing movement to recognise ecocide at the International Criminal Court.
Opening address: Mr Dreli Solomon, Chargé d'Affaires at the Embassy of the Republic of Vanuatu in Brussels
Supporting statement: Rt. Hon. Fiame Naomi Naomi Mataʻafa, Prime Minister, Independent State of Samoa
Speakers from the Independent Expert Panel for the Legal Definition of Ecocide: * Professor Philippe Sands QC, UCL/Matrix Law. (UK/France, Co-chair) * Dior Fall Sow, UN jurist & former prosecutor (Senegal, Co-chair) * Judge Tuiloma Neroni Slade, former ICC judge (Samoa, Panelist) * Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Bangladesh Environmental Lawyers Association (Bangladesh, Panelist) * Jojo Mehta, Chair, Stop Ecocide Foundation (UK, Convenor) With reflections from: * HRH Esmeralda of Belgium, Journalist, author & activist. * HRH El Hassan bin Talal of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, humanitarian, & peace & interfaith advocate * Mindahi Bastida, Indigenous Elder and Spokesperson (Mexico, Otomi-Toltec tradition)
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November 26, 2021
Maternal Gift Economy: Breaking Through - Virtual Conference (see the recording)
Thank you so much, dear Geneviève Vaughan and Darcia Narváez, for inviting Linda and me! It was a great privilege to have you, dear Geneviève, with us in our 2014 workshop at Columbia University in New York City!
Theory and Practice of the Gift Economy by Genevieve Vaughan: "Actually the market is limited and floating on a sea of gifts. Profit itself is a gift as it comes from the part of the labor of workers which is not covered by the salary, their so called ‘surplus labor’. But there are also the gifts of housework and of nature which are exploited by the market, which does not have to pay for the reproduction of the workers or the cleanup of pollution."
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November 23, 2021
Said in Exile - A book talk by Timothy Brennan
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November 2, 2021
Thank you so much, dear Linda, for sending out this
Final Friendly Reminder: You're Warmly Invited to the 18th Annual Workshop on Transforming Humiliation and Violent Conflict, Dec. 9–12, 2021, sent out on November 2, 2021
See more here.
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4th November 2021
Thank you, dear Ragnhild Nilsen, for your loving "Message to the World" and for reporting on your "Dignity Work"!
• Please click on the picture above to see it larger, Ragnhild was in Kristiansand and Evelin in Hamelin, united on Zoom!



4th November 2021
It is a great privilege to be connected with Maria Volpe since 2002.
Thank you, dear Maria, for hosting a Monthly Roundtable Breakfast in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
You host this event at the CUNY Dispute Resolution Center at John Jay College in cooperation with the Association for Conflict Resolution of Greater New York.
This time, the topic was:
Dignity: The Essential Role It Plays in Resolving Conflict
with our dear Donna Hicks.
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7th September 2021
De la Humillación a la Dignidad:
Por un futuro de solidaridad global. La pandemia del coronavirus como oportunidad en medio del sufrimiento
,
Limache, Chile: Chileufú: Casa de Dialogo (Pdf Chileufú | Pdf HumanDHS)
Spanish translation invited by Howard Richards and carried out by Rocío Mieres, Docente en Universidad SEK Chile, 2021,
from
From Humiliation to Dignity: For a Future of Global Solidarity – The Coronavirus Pandemic as Opportunity in the Midst of Suffering

See also:
Small Wins: Howard Richards’ Reply to Evelin Lindner's question 'How must we, humankind, arrange our affairs on this planet so that dignified life will be possible in the long term?' Limache, Chile: Chileufú: Casa de Dialogo, September 2021.

Thank you, dear Howard Richards, for founding Chileufú as one of our Dignity Dialogue Homes!
This is what you write on the Chileufú website:
We are a House of Dialogue, located in Limache, Region of Valparaíso, Chile, part of the global network of Houses of Dialogue "Humiliation Studies" (www.humiliationstudies.org). Our goal is to foster human development in the community and in harmony with the environment, as event hosts, conversation organizers, education facilitators and research promoters. We want to support the construction of a supportive and sustainable society with new ideas and recovering good old ideas, through workshops, seminars, programs, experiences with the surrounding community and in alliances with related institutions.

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25th August 2021
Online Launch of the 'Conflict Trends in the Arab World' Report"
The Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies (Doha Institute) and PRIO released a new report analysing Conflict Trends in the Arab World, 1946 – 2019.
• Please click on the picture above to see the link to the announcement at the Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) in Oslo, Norway





July 2021
Thank you, dear Michael Boyer, for adapting the logo of our World Dignity University initiative (WDUi) for the Dignity Now Hameln initiative!
Thank you also for creating your wonderful Digniworld initiative in 2019:
Digniworld WordPress
| Digniworld Facebook | Digniworld Twitter | Digniworld Instagram | World Dignity Movement (on YouTube)
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July 2020 and 2021
I very much thank historian Bernhard Gelderblom for his tireless work for making everyone aware of the war legacy in and around Hamelin and the need to work through this legacy rather than 'forgetting' about it.
I also thank very much the local Dewezet magazine for publishing relevant articles.

On the left side you see a statue that was erected in 1922 in Bad Münder in Niedersachsen in honour of ‘our heroes’ who fell in World War I, and it shows the body of giant muscular man who stands straight upright, naked, with nothing but a steel helmet on his head, a kind of Roman tunic on his shoulders, and a giant sword at the place of his penis. See ‘Debatte ums Ehrenmal: Aus einer anderen Zeit’, by Jens Rathmann, Neue Deister-Zeitung, 12th July 2021.

On the right side you see the Kolonialdenkmal on the St-Maur Platz in Hameln. See 'Was der Gedenkstein mit Rassismus zu tun hat: Kolonialdenkmal in Hameln: Eine unbequeme Erinnerung', by Philipp Killmann, Dewezet, 1st July 2020: 'Am Saint-Maur-Platz in Hameln erinnert seit über 100 Jahren ein Kriegerdenkmal an die deutsche Kolonialzeit. Gedacht wird der deutschen Soldaten, die bei der Niederschlagung von Aufständen in Afrika und China getötet wurden. Das Kolonialdenkmal hat jedoch auch etwas mit den aktuellen Protesten gegen Rassismus zu tun...'

Consider also, ‘New Orleans removes its final Confederate-era statue’, Associated Press, The Guardian, 20th May 2017. See also the book that Mitch Landrieu, 2018, wrote, titled 'In the shadow of statues: A white southerner confronts history'. I thank Trevor Noah for inviting Landrieu into his Daily Show on 26th March 2018. See also ‘Classism, racism, and war — How long will the myth of white supremacy bind white Americans?’ by Martha R. Bireda, Human Wrongs Watch, 26th May 2019.

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July 13, 2021
Thank you so much, dear Linda, for bringing together this wonderful
Dignity Letter — July 2021 — Dignity Through Solidarity!
sent out on July 13, 2021
See more here.
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June 26, 2021
Can Human Solidarity Globalize?
Evelin Lindner's contribution to the Great Transition Initiative (GTI) Forum of June 2021 titled "Can Human Solidarity Globalize?"
reflecting on Richard Falk's essay Global solidarity: Toward a politics of impossibility. Boston, MA: Great Transition Initiative.






12th May 2021
Thank you so much, dearest Linda, for convening such a wonderful birthday party for Evelin!
There were so many cross-connections... Hroar, Ra + Ikhlaq, Ra + Uli and Zsuza, Uli + Zsuzsa...

Thank you so much, dearest Dignifriends, for your wonderful gifts of love!
Loving thanks to dearest Amita and Deya that you gave us your wonderful gift of voice!

Loving thanks also to you, dear Pandit (Master) Ikhlaq Hussain, for the gift of a Gayatri Mantra!
The Gāyatrī Mantra, also known as the Sāvitri Mantra, is a highly revered mantra from the Rig Veda, dedicated to Savitr also known as Vedmata. Gāyatrī is the name of the Goddess of the Vedic Mantra in which the verse is composed.
Thank you also for your gift of music that you gave to Evelin's father at his 95th birthday on 21st February 2021!
Furthermore, we have fond memories of your wonderful collaboration with our dear
Ragnhild Nilsen aka Arctic Queen after you met in New York City in 2007. When Ragnhild was back in Norway, she sang a yoik, sent the recording to you in New York City, and you improvised to her voice. Listen to Ragnhild & Ikhlaq! (See also our Music page.)

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April 15, 2021
Thank you to everyone who made this 14th Annual Psychology Day possible,
titled "Psychological Contributions to Build Back Better in a Post-Pandemic World"
777 United Nations Plaza · New York, NY 10017 · USA
April 15, 2021 11:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)
See the speakers here.

The International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS) grew out of a continuing committee called the International Congress of Psychology that was established to organize successive congresses of psychology. The first International Congress of Psychology was held in Paris in 1889, the second in London in 1892, the third in Munich in 1896, and the fourth in Paris in 1900.
See more about IUPsyS's history here.

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March 23, 2021
Thank you so much, dear Linda, for bringing together this wonderful
Dignity Letter — March 2021 — Good News in Hard Times

sent out on March 23, 2021 (Pdf)
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3rd March 2021
Humiliation and Dignity, Focusing on Rwanda
Closed lecture and seminar at the University of Oslo, Department of Psychology, followed by students' presentation of group work on Rwanda and discussion. It is a privilege to be part of PSY4506 – Human Rights, Democracy and Reconstruction after Conflict: A community based approach, by Sigrun Moss, 3rd March 2021, 9.15 – 14.00 (Pdf)

In June 2015, the 25th Annual Dignity Conference took place in Kigali, Rwanda.
It is a great privilege for me to be part of PSY4506 – Human Rights, Democracy and Reconstruction after Conflict; A community based approach, founded by Nora Sveaass and Inger Skjelsbæk, and now led by Sigrun Moss.
What an honour to meet wonderful students, among them "global minds" students. Please see the Master Programme Global Minds, and read its description: "Recent societal challenges such as Europe’s refugee crisis or the rise of political extremism call for experts to tackle pressing issues of mobility, inclusion and diversity. Our goal is to offer a timely master programme that responds to these needs".
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16. Februar 2021
Offene Gesprächsrunde mit der Konfliktforscherin Evelin Lindner (Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies)
Rotary Hameln, 16. Februar 2021, 13.00 – 14.30, online, auf Einladung von Stefan Daberkow und mit Unterstützung von Volkmar Langer.
Der Präsident Thomas König (vom Modehaus Kolle) machte eine kleine Anmoderation, Evelin Lindner sagte ein paar einführende Worte zum HumanDHS Netzwerk und ihrer Arbeit, bevor für Fragen und Diskussion geöffnet wurde.
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21st February 2021
This is Paul Lindner's 95th Birthday in February 2021. Paul is Evelin's father.
He received many gifts of music, among them:

— Michael Boyer played the clarinette

— Linda Hartling offered Robert Schumann's Lied "Widmung". See also https://youtu.be/_P7zQobNhzQ, and see the lyrics.

Pandit (Master) Ikhlaq Hussain most generously offered his mastery in playing the sitar. He is the son of Ustad Imdad Hussain, who is part of the centuries old musical lineage of Delhi Gharana, a family of musicians from Delhi who play with a unique "Delhi" style. This family passed the culturally-rich, artistic wealth from father to son (women were also sometimes encouraged to learn). Ikhlaq is thus part of a chain of musicians dedicated to keeping their unique tradition alive throughout the ages. Included is the Sufi Saint Hazrat Amir Khusrao, the creator of the sitar and tabla in the early 13th century. While the Delhi Gharana is known for its prolific work in the field of tabla, rhythmic expression and composition, Ikhlaq's grandfather Ustad Ahmadi Khan was the first in the Gharana to play the sarangi, a bowed, short-necked string instrument.
See more on World Music for Equal Dignity.
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28th January 2021
'Sexual Abuse of Children in the Context of Dignity and Humiliation'
lecture by Evelin Lindner
at the
International Workshop on ‘Recovery and Rehabilitation of Child Victims of Sexual Abuse
Initiative taken by Dr. Shobha Bhardwaj under the Shri Ram Jethmalani-JLU Chair of Criminal Law and Criminal Justice of the JLU School of Law, Jagran Lakecity University in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, in collaboration with the Centre for Women and Child Rights, Gujarat National Law University in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, headed by Dr. Asha Verma
28th January 2021
3:46 PM-5:00 PM Indian Time, Session 3
Moderator: Assistant Professor Abhishek Jain, JLU School of Law


During the preparations, I was delighted to become more aware of the role of Hansa Vivraj Mehta, the Indian delegate on the UN Human Rights Commission in 1947–48. She was responsible for changing the language of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from 'all men are created equal' (Eleanor Roosevelt’s preferred phrase) to 'all human beings', highlighting the need for gender equality.
Mehta was a social activist, a Gandhian and had also been to prison for her strong views on a range of British policies that violated the human rights of Indians.


I was equally amazed to meet Shashi Tharoor. Watch him speak at the Oxford Union on 14th July 2015, arguing that Britain does owe reparations. See his book 'Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India' (London: Hurst, 2017), first published as An Era of Darkness: The British Empire in India in India in 2016. See book reviews in The Guardian, and in Medium.
See his personal website.


In my talk, I shared this story: 'How child sexual abuse became a family business in the Philippines', by Oliver Holmes in Manila, The Guardian, 31st May 2016.
My questions to the audience were:
If Scotland rose from poverty and got a better life from participating in the exploitation of India (watch Shashi Tharoor), what about the poor people in the Philippines now who try to rise from poverty through offering their own exploitation? Whose fault is this? Should we blame the poor for wanting a better life? Should we blame victims for victimising those who are even more vulnerable when the entire system has competition for domination as its core principle? Is it not the responsibility of all of us to do something about systemic humiliation?
My concluding questions were: 'Is our competitive system closing our eyes to the continued exploitation of the weakest? Or, are there traditions of connection, for instance in India, we can build on, traditions of connection in loving mutuality in respect for equal dignity rather than connection enforced through domination? It is your call, India! The world needs a new Hansa Mehta!'

Question from the audience at the end: Would you say that Capitalism and the accompanying idea of earning profit, money and achievement at any cost, promotes this concept of dominance over others?
Question from the audience: Hi. As countries that were colonized in the past now colonize other small nations in various forms, how is it possible for the oppressed/colonized/occupied to find dignity for themselves and situate themselves on equal terms with the powerful when there is a chance of a dialogue. Please share your views on the connection between reconciliation and human dignity.
Question from the audience: the example that you gave of Philippines, how the children were forced to engage in indignified acts to earn a livelihood by their parents, here we could see that that even the abuser was a victim of economic problem. while in your speech you said how every problem is interdependent, how can we solve this problem and create a world without such abuses.
Question from the audience: What if the abuser is also a victim of the same? what to do in such case?

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