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Action on Belarus!

Action on Belarus!

Norwegian PEN, Human Rights House Foundation and Norwegian Helsinki Committee invite you to the conference "Action on Belarus!" in Litteraturhuset in Oslo on 22 March. We are proud to present prominent speakers from Belarus, Norway and European institutions, including the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland and State Secretary of Foreign Affairs Torgeir Larsen. The questions we aim to answer are: Is the pursued policy efficient? Is Norway’s policy towards Belarus clear enough? How can we offer more support to freedom-longing Belarusians? And is the Belarusian people ready for a change?

Presentations available here

All the presentations from the conference Action on Belarus! is now available. It is easy to find the presentation or presentations you want to see, as the recordings are divided into chapters.

Click here to watch the presentation from William Nygaard, Norwegian PEN board member, Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General, Council of Europe, Adam Globus, writer, Tatiana Reviaka, Human Rights Centre Viasna, Natallia Radzina, Editor-in-Chief, Charter 97, Yuri Zisser, owner of the Belarussian online resource www.tut.by and Andres Herkel, Special rapporteur on Belarus, Council of Europe

 

Click here to watch the presentation from Torgeir Larsen, deputy minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Andrej Kim, blogger and youth activist, Peter S. Gitmark, member of Parliament, the Conservative Party, Q & A, Anna Gerasimova, Director, the Belarusian Human Rights House in Exile Vilnius and Morten Høglund, member of parliament, the Progress Party and vice-chair in the Norwegian delegation to the OSCE.

 

Click here to watch the presentation from Ales Mihalevic, independent presidential candidate from 2010, Panel discussion and Q & A and Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General in the Norwegian Helsinki Committee

 

Norwegian PEN, Human Rights House Foundation and Norwegian Helsinki Committee invite you to the conference

Action on Belarus!

 

Place: House of Literature, Oslo

Time: Thursday 22 March 2012, at 08.30 – 16.00

 

More than a year has passed since the violent crackdown on protesters on 19 December 2010 in Minsk. Since then, the human rights situation in Belarus has continued to spiral downwards. Political opposition leaders Andrei Sannikov, Mikhail Statkevich and several others remain imprisoned. Human rights organizations and independent media are being harassed. The leading human rights defender Ales Bialiatski has been convicted to a long prison sentence. The European Union takes the lead on action against Belarus, and has imposed sanctions like ban on visa for more than 200 officials and limitations on trade with companies close to the President. Still, there are no signs that President Alexander Lukashenko is planning to unclench his iron fist. Instead, the crisis in the relationship between Belarus and Europe has deepened, and at the same time the doubt about Belarus’ ability to save its’ internal economy becomes stronger.

 

Is the pursued policy efficient? Is Norway’s policy towards Belarus clear enough? How can we offer more support to freedom-longing Belarusians? And is the Belarusian people ready for a change?

 

Agenda

 

08.30-09.00 Coffee, registration

09.00-09.05 Welcome from the organizers

Speaker: William Nygaard, Norwegian PEN board member

 

Part 1: Understanding Belarus

Moderator: Per Anders Todal, writer

 

09.05-11:00 Keynote speech:

Thorbjørn Jagland, Secretary General, Council of Europe

 

Facts on the ground – four voices from Belarus

Adam Globus, writer

Yury Zisser, owner of the Belarusian online resource www.tut.by

Tatsiana Reviaka, Human Rights Centre Viasna

Natallia Radzina, journalist, www.Charter 97.org

 

International challenges - Europe

Andres Herkel, Special Rapporteur on Belarus, Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly

 

International challenges – the Nordic countries

Dagfinn Høybråten, MP – Christian Democratic Party

 

Questions from the floor

 

11.00-11.40 Lunch

A «standup-lunch» with sandwiches, coffee/tea and soft drinks will be served at the venue.

 

Part 2: The solutions

Moderator: Per Dalgård, journalist, Information, CopenhagenTBA

 

11.45-14.15 Looking at the different angles

From the Norwegian government

Torgeir Larsen, State Secretary of Foreign Affairs

 

From the Norwegian Parliament and political opposition

Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, MP , the Conservative Party, chair of the Parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense, Norway

 

From the young politicians of Belarus

Andrej Kim, blogger and youth activist

 

Q&A

 

From the Human Rights perspective

Anna Gerasimova, director, the Belarusian Human Rights House in exile, Vilnius

 

From the OSCE-perspective

Speaker: Morten Høglund, vice-chair, Norwegian delegation to the OSCE

 

From the EU-perspective

Erika Ellamaa-Ots, Deputy Chair of the EU Eastern European and Central Asia Working Group, EEAS

 

From the Russian perspective

Pavel Sheremet, journalist

 

Break. Fresh fruit and drinks will be served.

 

The financial perspective – an introduction to the panel discussion

Ales Mihalevich, independent presidential candidate from 2010

 

14.15-15.45 The way ahead – a panel discussion

A. Herkel, Natallia Radzina, Tatsiana Reviaka, Erika Ellamaa-Ots and OSCE (tba)

 

 

Questions from the floor

 

15.45-16:00 Summing up

Speaker: Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee

 

 

The Conference will projected live on web-cast on the following web-sites: www.nhc.no; www.humanrightshouse.org and www.pen.no

 

Practical information:

The conference languages are English – Russian – Norwegian with simultaneous translation.

There is no conference fee, but all participants need to register at pen@norskpen.no no later than 20 March 2012.

The conference is organized and hosted by the Human Rights House Foundation (HRH), the Norwegian Helsinki Committee (NHC) and Norwegian PEN, supported by the Norwegian Union of Journalists, the Norwegian Publishers Association and the Norwegian Non-fiction Writers And Translators Association (NFF) in cooperation and with financial support from the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Freedom of Expression Foundation (Fritt Ord) and the Norwegian Association of Media Organizations.