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International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people in Tehran- 28 November 2013

From right to left: Dr. Taheri (moderator) ISJ Editor-in-Chief Dr. Zakerian, Former Foreign
Ministry Diplomat and retired University Professor Dr. Davoud Hermidas Bavand, UN Resident
Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis, UNIC Information Officer, Mr. Mohammad R. Moghadam.

The International Studies Journal (ISJ) in cooperation with the National Committee of Humanitarian Laws of the Iranian Red Crescent Society and UNIC-Tehran organized a one-day seminar on the occasion of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian people at the premises of Iranian Red Crescent Society in Tehran on 28 November 2013.

The workshop began by the SG's message on the occasion of International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, read by UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Gary Lewis. Then, Former Foreign Ministry Diplomat Dr. Davoud Hermidas Bavand in his speech provided some 40 participants with a brief review of the Palestinian question. The opening session concluded with a question and answer session.


Former Foreign Ministry Diplomat, Dr. Davoud Hermidas Bavand

Editor-in-Chief of ISJ, Dr. Mehdi Zakerian

In the sessions which continued other seminar speakers were: Dr. Hamid Ahmadi form Tehran University whose lecture was on the concepts of peace between Palestinians and Israelis, Editor-in-Chief of ISJ Dr. Mehdi Zakerian who elaborated on human rights of the Palestinian people and finally Member of the Secretariat of National Committee of Humanitarian Laws of Iranian Red Crescent Society Dr. Hajar Siyah-Rostami who delivered her speech on the applicability of implementation of 4th Geneva Convention on the Occupied Territories.

During the afternoon session of the seminar, the participants exchanged views on different key issues related to the question of Palestine such as "rights of Palestinian women and children", "road map for the Palestinians", "impact of US veto right on a just and lasting solution for the Palestinian question", "the right to self-determination and its legal impacts on the Palestinian people", "separation wall from the humanitarian laws' perspective", "theory of Responsibility-to-Protect (R-2-P) in Palestine" and "Government of Palestine and UN General Assembly Resolution 6719".

The following documents were distributed: copies of the Farsi version of the UN Department of Information's booklet "The Question of Palestine and the United Nations", "Universal Declaration of Human Rights", "UN Charter" and "Every day the UN works to tackle global challenges" cards.


Some 40 graduate and postgraduate students from different universities in Iran participated
in the Seminar on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in Tehran.

Meeting with Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

On Wednesday 27 November, the organizers and participants of the Seminar met the Head of Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani at the Council's building in downtown Tehran. During the meeting UNIC National Information Officer Mohammad Moghadam briefed him on UNIC Tehran's history and activities. Also he elaborated on UNIC's activities regarding the Palestinian Question.


Head of Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani

Head of Expediency Council Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and Some 40 graduate
and postgraduate students from different universities in Iran participated
in the Seminar on International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People in Tehran.
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