Mieke Zagt, treasurer, Middle East specialist, studied Philosophy at Amsterdam University, worked for Lankamp and Brinkman bookstore, Amnesty International’s Iran desk, Instituut de Leeuw, and the Middle East Desk of development organisation ICCO, Utrecht, The Netherlands. Zagt developed the international Olivetree campaign and supported the development of Kairos Palestine with local partners EJ YMCA and YWCA. She works with United Civilians for Peace, a Dutch network of four major development and peace organizations, towards a just peace for Israel and the Palestinians. Zagt considers human rights as the back bone for sustainable development, not only in conflict areas, where the universality and indivisibility is often tested, but also in the West with its financial and legal means to contribute to the ideals of human rights.