Award ceremony and open session

On 4 April we will celebrate the work and achievements of Ales Bialiatski, one of our brave colleagues from Belarus, by handing out The Civil Rights Defender of the Year Award. The award ceremony will take place on the afternoon of the 4th and is open to the public. The programme includes a panel discussion on human rights work in repressive societies, a speech and presentation about the winner’s organisation and their work, and a buffet dinner with entertainment in the evening. Register here!

Ales is one of eleven political prisoners in Belarus, a country often referred to as ”the last dictatorship in Europe”, sentenced to 4.5 years in prison for tax evasion in a trial with clear political overtones. He was arrested on 4 August 2011. Since then he has been prevented from communicating freely with the outside world. Being the head of the country’s leading human rights organisation Viasna, Ales Bialiatski is a central figure in Belarusian civil society. His wife Natalia Pinchuk and his colleague Tatsiana Revjaka are in Stockholm to recieve the award on his behalf.

Read more about the recipient here.

Read more about the conference on Defenders’ Days website

For four days, over 120 human rights defenders from some of the world’s most repressive societies will gather in Stockholm for what promises to be one of the highlights on the human rights calendar for 2014. Defenders’ Days is a unique event where interactive training sessions are accompanied by inspirational elements.

Jacob_Appelbaum_10x10_fargJacob Appelbaum is a independent computer security researcher and hacker. He is one of the core members of the Tor project, a free software network designed to provide online anonymity. Appelbaum is known for representing Wikileaks at the 2010 HOPE Conference. As a trusted confidant of the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, Appelbaum was among several people who gained access to Snowden’s top secret documents that were released during the 2013 global surveillance disclosure. 4 April Jacob Appelbaum will give a presentation about: Surveillance, censorship and you.

Greg_Scarlatoiu_10x10Greg Scarlatoiu is Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea from Washington D.C. He has lived in Seoul for 10 years and is fluent in Korean. Scarlatoiu has taught intensive courses on the Korean peninsula at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in Seoul and the State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. 4 April Greg Scarlatoiu will participate in the panel discussion: Human rights work in some of the world’s most repressive societies.

Read the hole agenda for 4 April here

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