Events

Civil Rights Defenders host regular morning seminars entitled “One Hour of Human Rights” at our head office in Stockholm. The seminars are broadcasted live on our Bambuser channel and are also available to view afterwards. From time to time we organise movie screenings followed by discussions. We also arrange, and participate in, a great number of external and joint civil society activities.

Regional Rule of Law Forum for South East Europe Focuses on Freedom of Expression

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The Fourth Regional Rule of Law Forum for South East Europe organised by Civil Rights Defenders and the Advice on Individual Rights in Europe (AIRE) based in London, is taking place in the Albanian capital Tirana, over the next two days. This year’s Forum focuses on the right to freedom of expression contained within the European Convention on Human Rights, and in particular its relationship with the right to respect for private life and the right to a fair trial.

Human Rights Defenders School Now in its Third Year Kicks Off in Serbia

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The Human Rights Defenders School, an initiative of Civil Rights Defenders has for a third year in succession opened its doors to young human rights lawyers and human rights defenders from across Serbia. The first lectures were held in Belgrade and Niš and attended by 50 students. Goran Miletic, Programme Director for the Western Balkans kicked off proceedings with an introductory lecture.

Seminar: Turkey – A Landscape of Political Oppression, Persecution and Fear

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Civil Rights Defenders invites you to a seminar on the human rights situation in Turkey. Over the past year the human rights situation has greatly deteriorated in Turkey. The Kurdish Peace Process has all but collapsed, media outlets have been shut down and Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has engaged in the purging of all opposition to his rule after a failed coup attempt back in July of 2016.

Seminar on Ethiopia – The State of Human Rights and the Impending Political Crisis

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Civil Rights Defenders and Blank Spot Project will jointly organise a breakfast seminar on the human rights situation in Ethiopia. We are delighted to welcome prominent Ethiopian journalist, Tesfalem Waldeyer, who was recently released from the infamous Kilinto prison in Ethiopia. Tesfalem, who was imprisoned with the Zone 9 Bloggers, will discuss the state of human rights and the ongoing political crisis in Ethiopia.

Stockholm Pride – A Time to Show Solidarity and Support

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This week, thousands of people gather in the capital of Sweden to take a positive stance against discrimination toward LGBT people, and to celebrate dignity, equality, diversity and human rights. While the concept of Pride is widely recognised in many parts of the world, the acceptance is not. In order to draw attention to the environment our friends and colleagues are forced to work in, Civil Rights Defenders is glad to welcome LGBT activists from Belarus, Russia and the Western Balkans to this year’s Stockholm Pride.

(Svenska) Civil Rights Defenders i Almedalen

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(Svenska) Nästa vecka, mellan den 3-10 juli, är det dags för Almedalsveckan på Gotland. Civil Rights Defenders finns på plats och deltar i flertalet seminarium och arrangemang. Vi kommer bland annat att diskutera mänskliga rättigheter inom psykiatrisk tvångsvård, övervakning i diktaturstater och vad EU gör för utsatta EU-medborgares rättigheter. Uppdateringar kring arrangemangen sker löpande på Civil Rights Defenders kanaler för sociala medier.

Civil Rights Defenders and the Faculty of Law in Uppsala Open a Human Rights Clinic

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This autumn, Civil Rights Defenders invites law students enrolled in Uppsala University to participate in a new project called Human Rights Clinic. The project is created in close cooperation with the Faculty of Law in Uppsala and aims towards providing the participants with practical skills in human rights law and an understanding of how the civil society works to protect and strengthen human rights. Apply no later than 1 August 2016.

Who will Defend Human Rights in order to Deliver the SDGs?

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In April, Civil Rights Defenders took part in the Stockholm Development and Security Forum 2016. Together with Kvinna-till-Kvinna, we organised one of the sessions focusing on who will defend human rights in order to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. We are very proud to have contributed to the work of human rights defenders who strive to address human rights issues in their respective communities.

(Svenska) Seminarium: FN:s granskning av mänskliga rättigheter i Sverige

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(Svenska) Den 30 mars kom FN:s rekommendationer om vad Sverige bör göra för att leva upp till de medborgerliga och politiska rättigheterna. Men vad händer nu? Civil Rights Defenders bjuder in till seminarium för att diskutera rekommendationerna. I panelen deltar ledamöter från sju riksdagspartier för att diskutera hur de kan följas och vilken roll riksdagen ska spela för mänskliga rättigheter i Sverige.

(Svenska) Seminarium: Ramzan Kadyrov – ett hot för hela Ryssland?

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(Svenska) I början av året kallade Tjetjeniens överhuvud Ramzan Kadyrov ryska oppositionspolitiker för förrädare och mordhotade en före detta rysk premiärminister på sitt instagramkonto. Håller Kadyrov, som gjort Tjetjenien till en lokal diktatur, på att få mer makt i Ryssland? Vad innebär det i så fall för människorättssituationen? Välkommen på ett frukostseminarium med den ryske statsvetaren Andrej Piontkovskij.

Defenders’ Days 2016

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On 4 April, Civil Rights Defenders invites 160 Human Rights Defenders from all over the world to attend the conference Defenders’ Days – Empowering Human Rights Defenders at Risk. During four days the participants enjoy an extensive conference programme including presentations, panel discussions, several trainings and workshops focusing on human rights. Defenders’ Days offers Human Rights Defenders from many of the most repressive regions in the world with a safe atmosphere for international networking and for sharing knowledge. Find out more about the conference here!

(Svenska) En oberoende institution för mänskliga rättigheter: när var hur?

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(Svenska) Vid MR-rådets senaste förhör av Sverige i Genève upprepades kravet på att inrätta en svensk oberoende människorättsinstitution. Något som bäst beskrivs som en myndighet med uppgift att granska statens internationella MR-åtaganden samt främjande av mänskliga rättigheter. Hur bör en sådan institution organiseras och vilka för- och nackdelar finns det med olika lösningar? Välkommen till ett riksdagsseminarium den 16 mars.

(Svenska) Seminarium: Utsatta EU-medborgares rättigheter i Sverige

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(Svenska) Den 10 december släpper Civil Rights Defenders en rapport om utsatta EU-medborgares rättigheter i Sverige. Samma dag bjuder vi in till ett seminarium där vi presenterar och diskuterar rapportens slutsatser. Vilka rättigheter har de utsatta EU-medborgarna när de befinner sig i Sverige och vilka motsvarande skyldigheter har staten att värna rättigheterna? Leder samtalet gör journalisten Alexandra Pascalidou. Välkommen!

Conference: Bosnia and Herzegovina – 20 Years of Peace

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The Dayton Peace Agreement ended the war but what kind of peace did Bosnia and Herzegovina get? The Swedish Institute of International Affairs with partners, including Civil Rights Defenders, invites you to a conference on the 5th of December to highlight 20 years of Bosnian peace. The conference agenda will include topics such as the Dayton Peace Agreement, how to build peace, the legacy of war and arts and culture. Welcome!

(Svenska) Seminarium med Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera

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(Svenska) Människorättsförsvararen Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, en av årets mottagare av Right Livelihood-priset, kommer till Stockholm. Hon arbetar för HBT-samhällets rättigheter i Uganda och är en av Afrikas mest frispråkiga människorättsförsvarare. Tillsammans med Civil Rights Defenders och flera andra civilsamhällesaktörer bjuder Right Livelihood Award in till frukostseminarium med Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera den 1 december.

(Svenska) Riksdagsseminarium: Lagliga vägar till Europa

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(Svenska) Närmare 60 miljoner människor är på flykt i världen och den senaste tiden har vi sett hur Medelhavet skördat många dödsoffer då människor, i brist på alternativ, tvingas företa sig den livsfarliga resan över havet. Mot bakgrund av situationen för många flyktingar bjuder Vänsterpartiet och Centerpartiet, i samarbete med Civil Rights Defenders och Amnesty International, in till ett seminarium den 18 november om lagliga vägar till Europa.

(Svenska) Seminarium MR-dagarna: “Staten och svenskheten”

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(Svenska) Den 10 november anordnar Civil Rights Defenders seminariet ”Staten och svenskheten” under MR-dagarna i Göteborg. Vi kommer bland annat diskutera vilken roll staten har i att upprätthålla kategorierna ”svensk” och ”osvensk” och vilka konsekvenser det får för allas lika tillgång till mänskliga rättigheter. Hur påverkas till exempel vår idé om svenskhet när romer registreras av polisen enbart för att de är romer? Välkommen!

Belgrade Pride Week: What a Difference a Year Can Make

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In 2014 Belgrade saw its first successful Pride March in several years. After the extreme violence of 2010 and several subsequent bans there was an optimistic but cautious mood surrounding the 2015 event. On the 21st of September all fears were laid to rest as the Belgrade Pride March 2015 became the Belgrade Pride Parade winding through the streets of the Serbian capital. Over 1,200 participants thronged the event in what was a party of openness, inclusiveness and togetherness.

Capacity Building in Moldova: Advocating, Lobbying and Navigating the EU Bubble

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On the 27th of August Civil Rights Defenders ran a two-day empowerment workshop focusing on “Lobbying and Advocacy for Human Rights at EU Level”. As Moldova moves closer to full EU significant human rights issues still persist; lack of fair trials, inadequate conditions in prisons, hate speech, violence against women, people trafficking, the marginalisation of the Roma community and harassment of LGBT people.

Pride Seminar: Are Recent Improvements to LGBT Rights in the Western Balkans a Smokescreen or a Reality?

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n recent years the countries of The Western Balkans have made positive legislative changes regarding human rights especially when it comes to anti-discrimination. However questions remain; Are such changes a smokescreen for the international community, or a real sign of change and have they truly improved the reality for LGBT people? Do the governments of the Western Balkans support or just tolerate human rights?

Azerbaijan : The Repressive Side of the European Olympic Games.

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Azerbaijan’s human rights record will once again be in the spotlight on the 16th June 2015 when Civil Rights Defenders will co-sponsor an event at the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council. Entitled Azerbaijan: The Repressive Side of the European Olympic Games and organised by Human Rights House Network, International Media Support and People in Need, the event will shine a light on the severe restrictions on fundamental freedoms and the imprisonment of civil society.

The Misuse of Anti-Terrorism Laws in Africa with Civil Rights Defenders at the UN Human Rights Council

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During the 29th session of the UN Human Rights Council which will be held in Geneva on June 16th, 2015 Civil Rights Defenders will co-sponsor an event entitled “The Misuse of Anti-Terrorism Laws in Africa”.This event will discuss and analyse anti-terrorist legislation trends across the African continent and how they are often used as a smokescreen to stifle dissenting voices instead of addressing genuine national security concerns.

(Svenska) Riksdagsseminarium 2 februari om mänskliga rättigheter i Sverige

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(Svenska) Den 26 januari granskas Sverige i den så kallade UPR-processen i Genève. Då får vi veta hur FN ser på eventuella framsteg och tillbakagångar, samt vilka rekommendationer Sverige får från andra medlemsländer. I och med att Sverige granskas bjuder Civil Rights Defenders in till ett seminarium i riksdagen, den 2 februari. Sex experter från det civila samhället diskuterar granskningen. Vi behöver din anmälan senast den 30 januari.

(Svenska) Riksdagsseminarium 2 februari om mänskliga rättigheter i Sverige

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(Svenska) Den 26 januari granskas Sverige i den så kallade UPR-processen i Genève. Då får vi veta hur FN ser på eventuella framsteg och tillbakagångar, samt vilka rekommendationer Sverige får från andra medlemsländer. I och med att Sverige granskas bjuder Civil Rights Defenders in till ett seminarium i riksdagen, den 2 februari. Sex experter från det civila samhället diskuterar granskningen. Vi behöver din anmälan senast den 30 januari.

(Svenska) 10 dec: Samers urfolksrättigheter i skuggan av statens markintressen

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(Svenska) Den 10 december på internationella dagen för mänskliga rättigheter väljer vi att uppmärksamma Samers rättigheter och de pågående människorättskränkningar som en av Sveriges fem nationella minoriteter vittnar om. Hör Marie Persson från Stoppa Gruvan i Rönnbäck samt ledamot i Sametinget belysa människorättssituationen för Sveriges urfolk i Sápmi.

(Svenska) Seminarium 22 nov: Etnisk profilering: erfarenheter från kamp och framgångar i USA och Storbritannien

(Svenska) Tidigare i år bekräftade en rapport från Arena Idé att svensk polis väljer ut personer och kontrollerar deras identitet enbart på grundval av deras etniska utseende. Detta trots att etnisk profilering är förbjudet enligt internationell och svensk lag. Det är uppenbart att lagstiftning inte räcker. Andra verktyg behövs för att åstadkomma förändring. För såväl aktivister som poliser finns mycket att lära av erfarenheter och framgångar i USA och Storbritannien.

Seminar: Meet Belarus most prominent human rights defender

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After 1,052 days in prison Ales Bialiatski was granted an amnesty on June 21 of this year and immediately resumed his work as a human rights defender and President of Viasna. In cooperation with Östgruppen, Civil Rights Defenders invites you to meet with Ales on October 24 where you can hear about the current situation in Belarus and the country’s relationship with neighboring Russia and Ukraine.

Seminar: Meet Belarus’ most prominent human rights defender

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After 1,052 days in prison Ales Bialiatski was granted an amnesty on June 21 of this year and immediately resumed his work as a human rights defender and President of Viasna. In cooperation with Östgruppen, Civil Rights Defenders invites you to meet with Ales on October 24 where you can hear about the current situation in Belarus and the country’s relationship with neighboring Russia and Ukraine.

The state of Internet freedom after the coup in Thailand

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Since the military coup three months ago, Thailand has introduced a ban on political gatherings; politicians and activists have been arrested, and media censored. In the light of these developments, we invite Thai human rights defender and Internet activist Arthit Suriyawongkul to talk about the present state of freedom of expression and how human rights defenders can operate under these conditions.

24 September: The state of Internet freedom after the coup in Thailand

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Since the military coup three months ago, Thailand has introduced a ban on political gatherings; politicians and activists have been arrested, and media censored. In the light of these developments, we invite Thai human rights defender and Internet activist Arthit Suriyawongkul to talk about the present state of freedom of expression and how human rights defenders can operate under these conditions.

Tomás Ojea Quintana on challenges in Myanmar

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Tomás Ojea Quintana , the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar , recently left Myanmar after their last field trip to the country. He describes the ongoing reforms as a positive step towards democracy in Myanmar , while stressing the remaining challenges .ome and listen to a breakfast seminar with Tomás Ojea Quintana on March 20, when he talks about future challenges for human rights in Myanmar and the role the international community can play in addressing these challenges .

Little respect for rule of law in unrecognized territories

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In the breakaway region on Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine, the socio-political environment in the Transnistria region remains highly repressive. In this unrecognized territory authorities act with impunity. There is little respect for the rule of law, and fundamental human rights are routinely violated. 12 March the Executive Director of Promo-LEX Association, Ion Manole, will present an assessment of the current human rights situation in Transnistria and address these grave violations.

Tomás Ojea Quintana on challenges in Myanmar

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Tomás Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, describes the ongoing reforms as a positive step towards democracy in Myanmar, while stressing the remaining challenges. On 20 March, he visits Civil Rights Defenders to talk about future challenges for human rights in Myanmar and the role the international community can play in addressing these challenges. Watch live on: http://bambuser.com/v/4459084

Little respect for rule of law in unrecognized territories

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In Transnistria, the breakaway region on Moldova’s eastern border with Ukraine, the socio-political environment remains highly repressive. Authorities act with impunity, there is little respect for the rule of law, and fundamental human rights are routinely violated. Don’t miss an interesting breakfast seminar with Ion Manole, on the current human rights situation in Transnistria. Live on: http://bambuser.com/v/4434424

Seminar: LGBT activist fighting oppression

Siarhei Androsenka became a police target when 71 activists from all over Belarus signed a application in the attempt to register the organisation Gay Belarus with the authorities. It didn’t take long until the regime responded. Activists were called in for questioning and police conducted raids on gay clubs in Minsk and Vitebsk. Others were stopped at the border and had their belongings searched. In at least one case, a member of the organisation was beaten in a police station. Hear Siarhei talk about the situation for LGBT people in Belarus and how it feels being forced into exile.

Seminar: The path to democracy

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Serbia, Hungary and the Czech Republic have all come a long way from the time when communism was overthrown. But the path from transition to consolidation of democracy is long and difficult. Where do we stand today, in the three countries? What can we learn from the past? Four panellists will share their analysis and thoughts: Borka Pavicevic and Tanja Petovar from Serbia, Jan Urban from the Czech Republic and Miklos Haraszti from Hungary.

Seminar: Propaganda laws strangles gay activism

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A new law prohibiting ”propaganda” for homosexuality was recently passed in St Petersburg’s local parliament. Similar laws have already been passed in Ryazan, Arkhangelsk and Kostroma, and there is a ongoing discussion about introducing propaganda laws on a federal level. Listen to Anastasia Smirnova and Alexandra Semenova about how the laws came about and how they affect the work for human rights, on Friday May 25.