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Michelle Parlevliet

Michelle Parlevliet focuses on human rights, conflict transformation and peacebuilding. A Dutch national and South African permanent resident, she has 15 years of experience providing facilitation, training, and technical assistance to organisations and networks in Africa, Asia and Europe. Besides her emphasis on the nexus between human rights and peace work, she has also focused on conflict analysis and conflict sensitivity in development assistance; strategic thinking and process design; the role of civil society and of national human rights institutions in conflict management and peacebuilding; and transitional justice. She served as senior conflict transformation adviser in Nepal for the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, assisting both its Human Rights and Good Governance Programme and its Embassy on support to the peace process in Nepal in the transition period before and after the Comprehensive Peace Accord (2006-2009). She previously worked with the Centre for Conflict Resolution in South Africa (1999-2005), the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1997-1998); and the Prosecutor’s Office of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She has consulted for the World Bank (Indonesia), the International Council for Human Rights Policy, the Northern Ireland Parades Commission, GTZ and DED, and the Danish Institute for Human Rights. She developed a distance learning course on conflict prevention for national human rights institutions for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the UN System Staff College and fahamu; served as independent expert to the UN/Spain MDG-Achievement Fund in its conflict prevention and peacebuilding window in 2008/09; and has been a long-term lead facilitator for the Peace & Security Program of the UN System Staff College. She holds an MA in Political Science (cum laude, Univ of Amsterdam), and a MA in International Peace Studies (Univ of Notre Dame, IN) and has published widely on topics mentioned above. She is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre on Human Rights in Conflict at the University of East London and a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Human Rights Practice, published by Oxford Journals.