Seminar: Meet Belarus’ most prominent human rights defender
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 late October, Ales will make his first visit to Sweden since his release. 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.
During the seminar Ales Bialiatski will give his unique insight into the repressive justice system in Belarus. During the conversation, moderated by Martin Uggla of Östgruppen, a discussion will take place regarding the importance of the regime in Minsk as they take on the role as a peace broker in the Ukraine and the chaos in the Donbass which is reinforcing the propaganda of Lukashenka as guarantor of security and stability in the region. The threat of a possible Russian invasion also makes the hopes of democratic reform even more hopeless than ever. At the same time it appears like Sweden and the EU has begun to falter in their stance towards the regime in Minsk. Is there a risk that Europe is on track to re-evaluate Lukashenka in light of what is happening in Ukraine and Russia?
The seminar will start off with a short film about Ales Bialiatski followed by Civil Rights Defenders Chief Executive, Robert Hårdh, awarding him with the price, Civil Rights Defender of the Year 2014. An award Ales received in his absentia earlier this year during the annual conferance Defenders’ Days in Stockholm.
Organisers: Östgruppen and Civil Rights Defenders
Date and Time: October 24, 9:00 to 10:00 (breakfast will be served from 8.30)
Languages: Russian interpreted to Swedish
Adress: Stora Nygatan 26, Stockholm
Moderator: Martin Uggla (Östgruppen)
Tags: Ales Bialiatski, EU, Östgruppen, and Viasna.