European history

A seminar on the responsibility to protect

(credit: Yadvashem)
(credit: Yadvashem)

(B2) A seminar will be held on the "responsibility to protect" in the European Parliament next Wednesday (8 January, from 15 to 18 p.m.), through the experience of Jan Karsky (real name Jan Kozielewski).

This Pole, Polish clandestine courier of the 2nd World War, member of the Armia Krajowa, who shuttled between the Polish government first taking refuge in Angers then in London and Poland, is one of the first to have transmitted to the Allies certain realities of the Holocaust. The Polish Parliament, which has declared 2014 as the "Jan Karski" year, intends to take stock with the representatives of the UN as well as the EU and the Member States.

Should be present at this event - co-organized by the MEP Jacek Saryusz-Wolski and the director of the Museum of Polish History, Robert Kostro - several professors and historians such as the Italian Paolo Luca Bernardini, the French Jean-Yves Potel, specialist from Central Europe, the Poles Marek Drozdowski and Maciej Wierzynski.

Political leaders should also be present, such as the Norwegian Kjel Magne Bondevik, former Prime Minister and author of the UN report "Responsibility to Protect", the former Italian Foreign Ministers Franco Frattini and Spanish Ana Palacio, like Elmar Brok, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee. A special message should also be read by Jimmy Carter's former US national security adviser, Zbigniew Brzezinski.

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Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).