Summer Institute in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights for interested alumni

Update: The correct dates for the Summer Institute is June 22 to July 3, 2009. It was listed incorrectly in the original post.

The Asian International Justice Initiative looks forward to hosting its second annual Summer Institute in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights (the Summer Institute) in Bali, Indonesia from June 22 through July 3, 2009. The two-week workshop is designed for participants working across a broad range of fields and disciplines related to international humanitarian law and human rights. The workshop is best suited to people working within the Asia Pacific region or with an Asia Pacific focus. Past workshop participants have included journalists, non-governmental organization workers, investigators, monitors, government agency workers, as well as lawyers and advanced law students from across Asia and other continents. The workshop is a joint effort between the East-West Center, the University of California Berkeley’s War Crimes Studies Center, and the National Human Rights Commission of Indonesia, Komnas HAM. Continue reading

My Wild Bangkok Adventure

By Jean E. Rolles
(Ed. Note: After the EWC’s recent alumni conference in Bali several members of the Center community experienced unanticipated travel adventures as a result of the protests at the Bangkok airport. EWC Board of Governors member Jean Rolles posted this account of her overland exploits on the website of Outrigger Enterprises, where she is Vice President of Community Affairs, and gave permission for it to be reprinted here.)

I recently traveled to Bali, Indonesia, to attend a five-day meeting of the East-West Center Board of Governors, and afterwards, some of the attendees and I traveled to Laos for a quick look at that beautiful country. I had carefully planned to leave the group two days early (November 24) so I could enjoy Thanksgiving with my family in Honolulu. All my good plans went for naught, however, as I got caught in the Bangkok airport mess and was stranded for five extra days, trying every which way to leave Thailand and get home.

My adventure began when I arrived at the Bangkok airport about 1 a.m. from Laos; it was only supposed to be a transfer point so I could catch a Japan Airlines flight to Tokyo and on to Honolulu. Instead, I found a wild airport scene of five thousand people dressed in yellow T-shirts screaming and chanting. (The disturbance, I soon found out, was a chaotic anti-government protest that wound up keeping the airport shut down for about 10 days, with full operations delayed several days longer!)

Luckily, I was in the foreign arrival section, so it was closed-off and secure. I was told to grab my bag and run through the back parking lot to the Novotel Hotel, where I would be safe. I took a room and got four hours of sleep and then got up, dressed, repacked, and was ready to go at 6 a.m. for my flight. However, you could not get any information from the airport or the airlines as to whether flights were leaving as scheduled. The front desk told me not to go to the airport because it was not safe, as there had been some shootings, leaving four killed and 25 injured. We were literally locked in the hotel with private guards outside. The only news I could receive about the airport situation was from CNN!
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Live Streaming Video from Bali

UPDATE: We will not be able to bring live streaming video as planned due to technical difficulties in Bali. We hope to post the videos of the scheduling streaming after the conference. Please check back for updates.

The Associates Office is experimenting with new technology and are planning on streaming live video from the Bali Conference. Check back on this blog during the following dates and times to get the link to the video stream. If you miss the live stream you can always check back here and we will have the links to the videos posted.

– November 13, 9 am Bali Time (3 pm HST), Opening and Keynote Speeches

– November 14, 12:30 pm Bali Time (6:30 pm HST), Speech by Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle

– November 15, 5:00 pm Bali Time (11:00 pm HST), EWCA Membership Meeting

If you have any questions regarding live video streaming feel free to leave a comment!

Bali Conference Registration

The Bali Conference is less than two weeks away. We are still taking registrations for the conference. For more information on late registration rates please see click here. The Online Registration is no longer available. Please register in person at the Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel at the following dates and time:

– Wednesday, November 12, 12 pm – 5:30 pm, Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel Lobby

– Thursday, November 13, 7:30 am – 5:00 pm, Outside of Griya Agung Ballroom

– Friday, November 14, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Secretariat Room, Gianyar Room