[kehitysmaaliike-l] Reminder: KIOS Autumn Seminar 2015 in Helsinki City Hall, Sep 29th - Strengthening the Cooperation and Security of Human Rights Defenders

Ilari Lovio ilari at kios.fi
Mon Syys 7 10:51:26 EEST 2015

Tervetuloa KIOSin syysseminaariin Helsingin kaupungintalolle!

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Kutsu / Invitation
KIOS warmly welcomes you to the KIOS Autumn Seminar 2015:


Time: 29th September 2015, 9:00-13:00
Place: Helsinki City Hall, Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13
Registration: By Sep 21st at: http://goo.gl/forms/AFU8VIqjg6 OR at seminaari at kios.fi<mailto:seminaari at kios.fi>

A free civil society, able to promote and protect human rights, is required in any society to achieve sustainable development, peace and democracy.
However, during recent years, many governments have increasingly narrowed the space of civil societies, by limiting the freedom of expression, freedom of assembly and by freezing assets of NGOs, among other ways. In some societies, extremist movements, not respecting human rights, are the main threat to human rights defenders.

The KIOS Autumn Seminar 2015 will discuss how human rights work can be amplified by strengthening regional cooperation and security of human rights defenders.

The guest speakers: Adilur Rahman Khan (Odhikar, Bangladesh), Tanveer Jahan (Democratic Commission for Human Development, Pakistan), Memory Bandera (East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project), Kranti Lazarus Chinnappa (Human Rights Law Network/Socio-Legal Information Centre, India), Yona Wanjala (Defenders Protection Initiative, Uganda), Gerald Staberock (World Organization Against Torture), Rauno Merisaari (Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland).

The seminar will be held in English and is free of charge and open to all. Generally KIOS cannot provide any travel costs or accommodation for the participants.

For more information visit KIOS website<http://www.kios.fi/english/seminars/> or contact Ilari Lovio, seminaari at kios.fi<mailto:seminaari at kios.fi>, tel: +358 40 952 7924


09:00 - Coffee & registration
09:20 - Welcoming words - Henna Hakkarainen (KIOS)
09:30 - Human Rights Defenders and Finnish Foreign Policy - Rauno Merisaari (Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland)
09:45 - Keynote talk: The Shrinking Space of Human Rights Defenders - Gerald Staberock (OMCT)
10:05 - Discussion 1 - Strengthening Regional Cooperation of Human Rights Defenders - Memory Bandera (EHAHRDP, Uganda) & Kranti Lazarus Chinnappa (SLIC/HRLN, India)
10:50 - Q & A
11:10 - Coffee & networking
11:30 - Discussion 2 - Strengthening the Security of Human Rights Defenders - Adilur Rahman Khan (Odhikar, Bangladesh), Tanveer Jahan (DCHD, Pakistan), Yona Wanjala (DPI, Uganda)
12:30 - Q & A
12:50 - Conclusion

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Ilari Lovio (Mr.)
Communications Coordinator

The Finnish NGO Foundation for Human Rights (KIOS)
Lintulahdenkatu 10, 00500 Helsinki, Finland
tel: +358-40-952 7924
e-mail: ilari at kios.fi<mailto:ilari at kios.fi>
twitter: @KIOSFinland
website: www.kios.fi<http://www.kios.fi/>

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