Resource Persons 2017

Mô Bleeker, Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, Swiss FDFA.

Mô Bleeker serves as Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities; she has worked in the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs since 2003. Currently, she also serves as Special Envoy in Colombia for the peace process between ELN and the Colombian Government and chairs the Global Alliance Against Mass Atrocity Crimes- GAAMAC. She has chaired the International Advisory Board of the National Historical Memory Commission in Colombia as well as the Transitional justice and Reconciliation Commission- TJRC of the Peace Agreement on the Bangsamoro in the Philippines. Mô Bleeker has accompanied complex transition process  in Central America, Colombia, the Balkans, South-, Southeast-, and Central Asia as well as in several different regions of Africa. Mô Bleeker is graduated in anthropology, religion sciences, journalism and social communication and holds a post-graduate diploma in development studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.

 

 

Carlos Castresana Fernández, Former Public Prosecutor of the Supreme Court of Spain

Carlos Castresana Fernandez worked as a lawyer, investigating judge and court magistrate before becoming a Public Prosecutor in 1989, serving as Special prosecutor against organized crime and corruption, and since 2005 as Prosecutor of the Supreme Court in 2005. Prior to that, he had filed in the lawsuits against the Argentinean and Chilean military Juntas and thus initiated the Pinochet Case. He teached as an associate and guest professor of Criminal Law at the University Carlos III in Madrid, the University of San Francisco in California, and the Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Among other awards, he has received the National Human Rights Prize in Spain, two Doctor Honoris Causa degrees from the University of Guadalajara in México and the Central University in Chile, the Great Cross of the Quetzal from Guatemala, the Star of the Solidarity from Italy, the Medal of the Civil Merit of Spain and the Medal as Officer of the French Legion of Honour. Between 2007 and 2010 Carlos Castresana was the Director of the Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG) in the category of Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations.

 

 

Serge Rumin, Deputy Head of the Task Force Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities, Swiss FDFA

Serge Rumin, Deputy Head of the Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities Task Force within the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA, has specialized in social changes in post-conflict environment. M. Rumin was appointed in 2017, as a member of an expert group, tasked to review the UN Police Division and to report to the UN SG.  Amongst other assignments, M. Rumin served as Head of the EU Human Rights Observers mission in Rwanda, as Deputy Head of the UN Human Rights Office in Bosnia-Herzegovina and as Security Sector Development Programme Director in Burundi for the Dutch MFA. For the last 20 years, he has worked extensively, including as consultant and researcher, in various contexts including the Balkans, Middle East, North, East, West and Central Africa, Afghanistan, East-Timor and Haiti with various bilateral and multilateral agencies and NGOs in the field of transitional justice and security sector reform. He earns a PhD in sociology, a Master in International Law and Political Science.

 

 

 

Yasmin Sooka, Executive Director Foundation for Human Rights

Yasmin Sooka is a South African human rights lawyer and an executive director of the Foundation of Human Rights in South Africa. Prior to joining the Foundation, Ms. Sooka was a member of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa for three years; first serving as deputy chair to the Human Rights Violations Committee and later as the chair of the same Committee. Between 2002 and 2004 she was appointed by the UN as an international commissioner for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Sierra Leone. She has also consulted and assisted the governments of Ghana, Nepal, Afghanistan, Burundi, and Liberia in setting up truth commissions. Furthermore she serves on the Board of Trustees for Black Sash Trust, the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience, as an executive member for the Niwano Peace Foundation, as well as an advisory member for the Centre for Global Governance Studies and the Institute for International Law in Leuven.