PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF VENUE – REVISED CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT
THE 1956 HUNGARIAN UPRISING AND REFUGEES:
LESSONS FOR THE CURRENT GLOBAL REFUGEE CRISIS
Geneva, 27 October 2016
WEBSTER UNIVERSITY GENEVA CAMPUS
LLC COMMONS ROOM
15, route de Collex, Bellevue
The 1956 Hungarian uprising, its brutal repression and the ensuing refugee crisis are still remembered by historians and ordinary citizens throughout the world as a major historical turning point that in the long term contributed to the end of the Cold War and to a new opportunity for peace, freedom and the respect of human rights in Central Europe and around the world. It is through 1956 that Hungary entered modern world history. The welcome and solidarity shown at the time to Hungarian refugees on four continents gave a strong boost to the then new international refugee regime that represents still today one of the principal pillars of the liberal and peaceful international order. It is no exaggeration to say that the memory of the generosity shown towards the Hungarian refugees of 1956 is remembered even today throughout the world.
Today, at its 60th Anniversary, it is appropriate to use this opportunity to reflect on the lessons that can be drawn from the European and world-wide mobilization in favour of the Hungarian refugees of 1956. The current humanitarian situation is different in terms of the number of victims and of the geographic scope of the refugee movements. The challenge for governments, host societies and for refugees is all the more complex. More than ever there is an urgent need to reaffirm and to adapt the international refugee regime to today’s conditions. This is also reflected in the Agenda of the United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants in New York on 19 September 2016 and of the Leaders' Summit on Refugees on the following day. For the long run, the international community pledged in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to facilitate orderly, safe, regular and responsible mobility of people.
Thus, Webster University is organizing a seminar on October 27, 2016 on
The 1956 Hungarian Uprising and Refugees:
Lessons for the Current Global Refugee Crisis
Originally scheduled to be held in the Palais des Nations the venue has been shifted to the Webster University campus.
This is all the more justified by the fact that this event is part of the series of humanitarian conferences and seminars organized by Webster University since 1996 with the active support and participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other major organizations such as IOM. The 22nd Webster Annual Humanitarian Conference will take place in February 2017 at the International Conference Centre of Geneva.
This year’s seminar was preceded by three Webster conferences dealing with the 1956 Hungarian refugee crisis: one in 1996, one in 2001 and one on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian uprising. All three events benefitted from from the support and participation of UNHCR, ICRC and IOM.
Speakers will include Professors Otto Hieronymi, Oreste Foppiani, François Rubio, Alexander Vautravers and Michel Veuthey.
Attendance is open to students, faculty, representatives of the international community and the general public. No prior registration is required.
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 2:00pm
Webster University Geneva
Route de Collex 9 1293 Bellevue, Switzerland