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Tribunal 12 a success

A constant audience of around 300 people witnessed Tribunal 12 at Kulturhuset in Stockholm over the weekend, while several others followed the trial via live streams around Europe.


After four sessions on border control, the asylum process, undocumented migrants and detention and deportation, the international jury – consisting of Nawal El Saadawi, Saskia Sassen, Nuruddin Farah, Sadik J Al-Azm, Henning Mankell, B S Chimni and Parvin Ardalan – reached a conclusion, condemning European governments of violating human rights along with existing law on how to handle asylum seekers and irregular migration. Read the full verdict here.


National broadcaster SVT were at Kulturhuset in Stockholm during the rehearsals, while Swedish TV channel TV4 and Swedish radio P1 reported from the trial (all in Swedish). Around Europe people were not only following the live broadcast, but also organising screenings and talks. Here’s a report of what happened in Borlänge (in Swedish).


An uncut version of the trial will soon be available to watch again on the Tribunal 12 website.


Image shows the jury, the chairman, one of the witnesses, the prosecutors and the expert panel at Tribunal 12. Photo: Kristina Wicksell/Kickpix

Tribunal 12 in Stockholm

The countdown is nearly over. Before a jury consisting of internationally acclaimed authors, professors and activists, Tribunal 12 will tomorrow accuse Europe of the continual violations of human rights and mistreatments of refugees, migrants and asylum seekers.


Nobel Prize-winning author Elfriede Jelinek, musician Jason Diakité aka Timbuktu, singer-songwriter José González and author Jonas Hassen Khemiri are just a few of many who have so far joined the accusation.


Tribunal 12 will be divided into four sessions at Kulturhuset in Stockholm, and conclude with an open discussion among the members of the jury. The public is invited to attend the sessions at Kulturhuset. Public manifestations will also take place at Sergels torg outside Kulturhuset.


Tomorrow's programme in Stockholm is as follows (local times):


10.00-11.30 Session: Border control

Prof. Jacquline Bhabha, expert

Prof. Leanne Weber, expert

Maria Selbing, actor, represents Reza

Misagh Sharifian, actor, represents Abdifatah

Sara Turpin, actor, represents Bahram


12.30-14.00 Session: Asylum process

Prof. Matthew Gibney, expert

Prof. Gregor Noll, expert

Pelle Hanæus, actor, represents Tamirat

Oldoz Javidi, actor, represents Ehsan

Sandra Malmquist, actor, represents Faten


14.00-15.30 Manifestation activities at Sergels torg


15.30-17.00 Session: Undocumented migrants

Prof. Bridget Anderson, expert

Dr. Henry Ascher, expert

Isa Aouifia, actor, represents Kenan

Per Burell, actor, represents Rita

Ida Löfholm, actor, represents Olga


17.00-18.00 Manifestation activities at Sergels torg


18.00-19.30 Session: Detention & deportation

Prof. Nicholas de Genova, expert

Liz Fekete, expert

Lena Carlsson, actor, represents Ali

Richard Sseruwagi, actor, represents Alex

Helena Thornqvist, actor, represents Faith


19.30-21.00 Manifestation activities at Sergels torg


21.00-22.30 Discussion amongst the members of the jury


If you’re not in Stockholm, a number of events will be taking place simultaneously in Norwich, Stavanger and several other European cities. You can also follow the tribunal live online.


For more information, visit the Tribunal 12 website or Facebook page.

Tribunal 12 in Norwich and Stavanger

As Tribunal 12 kicks off in host city Stockholm this Saturday, full-day events will be held simultaneously in Norwich and Stavanger.


At the Playhouse in Norwich the first live stream from Stockholm starts at 9am local time. Five sessions are being broadcast throughout the day, broken up by performances, talks and screenings. Chalk Circle, students from Goldmiths MA Applied Drama, and Ice & Fire theatre are performing, and digital stories will be screened in the main hall. Arturo Dorado, Norwich City of Refuge Writer in Residence, will talk about the human rights issues facing Cuba, and organisations working with refugees and asylum seekers will be present throughout the day to inform about their work. There will be DJs and a barbeque in the Playhouse bar and garden until the event finishes at 11pm local time. All-day passes are £5. Full schedule details can be found on the Writers' Centre Norwich website.


At Kulturbanken in Stavanger a short introduction will open the event at midday, followed by a live broadcast from Stockholm on the asylum process at 12.30pm local time. After the first session there will be short-film screenings and a speech by Bent Endresen, until the session on undocumentet migrants is being streamed from Stockholm. The event is free, and the café at Kulturbanken will be open until the programme finishes at 5pm local time. The full schedule can be found here (in Norwegian).


Tribunal 12 is inspired by the International War Crimes Tribunal formed by Bertrand Russell and Jean-Paul Sartre in 1967, and will feature testimonies, documentation, personal stories and theories from acclaimed international artists and experts, opening up for critical discussions about the ongoing human rights violations and mistreatment of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. Henning Mankell, Saskia Sassen and Sadik J Al-Azm are among the jurors.


For full schedule of what will happen in Stockholm this Saturday, take a look at the Tribunal 12 website. If you’re not in Stockholm, Norwich or Stavanger on May 12th, you can still be a part of the tribunal. Check the events map to find out whether there’s anything being organised near you, of follow the tribunal live on the Tribunal 12 website.

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