Seminar on human rights "Human, for Real: Focus on Central Asia" 

PÖFF, Open Estonia Foundation and TTU Centre of Human Rights invite: seminar in Nordic Hotel Forum on 5 December 15:00-18:00
Central Asia is both far and near. Not so long ago we were in the same boat of Soviet Union, from where we spurted towards sovereign states. Since then, developments in Central Asia have taken twists and turns, only a glimpse of which reaches us through media. This is why the focus of this year’s BNFF human rights seminar is on the region. There are things to speak of, and there are things to change. This idea is supported by those who share their experiences at seminar “Human for Real: Focus on Central Asia“. This year’s seminar is also dedicated to the 60th anniversary of UN International Declaration of Human Rights. Its role and possibilities in today's world are discussed in the second part of the seminar. You are welcome to participate! 

15:00 Opening words by Mall Hellam, Executive Director of Open Estonia Foundation 
15:15 – 16:30 Insight to Central Asia
Svetlana Gannushkina, acknowledged Russian human rights activist speaks on the situation of stateless ethnic groups after the collapse of Soviet Union.
Journalist Adil Jalilov speaks of media trends and freedom of speech in Kazakhstan.
Sadar Bagishbekov is a lawyer from Kyrgyzstan. He will speak of the human rights problems in Kyrgysran and Central Asia
Kevin Frazier, a journalist from the USA and Finnish documentary maker Arto Halonen are a tandem that joined its forces to reveal the well-hidden friendship between Western corporations and Turkmenistan’s autocracy 

Questions and answers 

16:30 – 16:45 Coffee-break 

16:45 – 18:00 Panel discussion: Human Rights sixty years later
Featuring: Marina Kaljurand, Prof. Evhen Tsybulenko, Svetlana Gannushkina and Adil Jalilov
Marina Kaljurand, an Estonian diplomat, served as Estonian Ambassador in Israel, Russia and Kazakhstan. She currently works as Foreign Ministry Undersecretary for Economic and Development Affairs. 
Prof. Evhen Tsybulenko, is a professor of International Humanitarian Law, he is a founder of TTU Centre of Human Rights. 
Svetlana Gannushkina mathematician by education, but for years has been fighting for human and minority rights in Russia. 
Adil Jalilov is a journalist, media and PR-expert from Kazakhstan. He leads MediaNet, an organization focused at promoting and developing free and ethical journalism in Central Asia. 

Ilja Ban, a journalist from Radio 4 will moderate the seminar. 

Seminar is free. For participation, please register at  

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