BUILDING BRIDGES: COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS AND INTL MECHANISMS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION

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Regional Conference 21-22 March 2013 | Kyiv | Ukraine

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  • REGIONAL CONFERENCE

    BUILDING BRIDGES: COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS AND INTERNATIONAL MECHANISMSFOR HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION

    AGENDA

    ORGANIZER:

    SUPPORTED BY:

    HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNER:

    INFO-PARTNER: MEDIA PARTNER:

    21-22 MARCH 2013KYIV, UKRAINE

  • ORGANIZER: SUPPORTED BY:HUMAN RIGHTS PARTNER:

    INFO-PARTNER: MEDIA PARTNER:

    In all countries, there are institutions and groups that stand by as human rights guardians. State agencies have a key role and primary responsibility for upholding and protecting human rights. They have the legiti-mate right to limit freedoms and use force, but are also accountable for human rights observance, and for that reason, they need to be open to other human rights actors for cooperation.

    No less essential are non-state entities that drive the human rights agenda forward: the civil society organi-sations and the journalist community. While the role of CSOs in the promotion and protection of human rights has long been recognised, the significance of the journalist community as a system of checks and balances for human rights observance has been less underscored. It is a fact, however, that free, indepen-dent and pluralistic media are a core element of any functioning democracy. In addition to disseminating information, the media educate and shape opinions, and in order to fulfill these roles effectively, networks are necessary both within the human rights oriented journalist community and between the civil society and the media. Such interactions can amplify not only the human rights message but also its impact.

    In recent years, a new UN mechanism the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) has been created to allow for a review of human rights issues between states. This instrument enables to receive critical feedback on human rights issues from other states, and to review and adopt some of the good practices that other countries have tried for themselves. While being primarily a peer review instrument involving states, the opportunities the UPR offers to advance human rights protection can only be realized to their full extent through the involvement and mobilization of national human rights institutions, local grass-root organiza-tions and the media community.

    All these topics will be covered extensively as part of a one-and-a-half day conference BUILDING BRIDGES: COLLABORATIVE NETWORKS AND INTERNATIONAL MECHANISMS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS PROTECTION.

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    CONNECTING JOURNALISTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERSDAY 1 | 21 MARCH

    9:30-10:00 REGISTRATION

    10:00-10:30 Opening remarksricarda rieger Country Director, United Nations Development Programme in Ukrainesimon smith Ambassador of Great Britain to UkraineChristophe peschoux Chief of UPR Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

    10:30-11:00 keynOte addressMedia and the Democratic Transformations Opportunities and Threats

    ewa Letowska Law Professor; Ex-Judge: Supreme Administrative Court /1999-2002/; Constitutional Court /2002-2011/; 1st Ombudsperson of the Republic of Poland /1987-1992/

    11:00-13:00 sessiOn 1. regiOnaL tendenCies in tHe area OF HUman rigHts prOmOtiOn and prOteCtiOn: tHe rOLe OF media and HUman rigHts deFenders Moderator: andriy kulykov Journalist / TV Host /Ukraine/

    arkadiy Bushchenko Executive Director, Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Group /Ukraine/

    Florian irminger Advocacy Programme Director, Human Rights House Foundation /Switzerland/

    Valeria Lutkovska Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights /Ukraine/

    yuriy makarov Journalist, TV host, documentalist, writer /Ukraine/

    grigory shvedov Human Rights Defender, Moscow School of Political Studies, Editor-in-Chief, Caucasian Knot /Russia/

    Discussion topics:

    What are the critical human rights challenges in the region?

    Role of media in human rights promotion in the region.

    One man no man? Individual journalist activism how can CSOs contribute?

    Human rights CSOs: a voice in the desert?

    13:00-14:00 LUNCH

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    14:00-15:30 sessiOn 2.

    Human rights advocates: taming the Leviathan. Joining efforts for Change

    Moderator: roman romanov Programme Director Rule of Law, International Renaissance Foundation /Ukraine/

    What are the instruments that help keep the Government accountable. Overview of the main UN instruments, particularly focusing on the UPR process anna innocenti Advocacy Expert, Human Rights House Foundation /Switzerland/

    Ups and Downs: public control over the activities of Government institutions in Russia in the area of human rights from monitoring to systematic changes Valentin gefter Director, Human Rights Institute /Russian Federation/

    Lobbying for the new Law on Civic Associations. A recipe for a successful national human rights campaign maksym Latsyba Programme Officer, Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research /Ukraine/

    Instruments to keep the Government accountable. Access to city Master Plans Campaign Volodymyr shcherbachenko Head, East Ukrainian Center for Civic Initiatives /Ukraine/

    sessiOn 2b.

    Journalists for Human rights: Between passion and impartiality

    Moderator: yegor sobolev Svidomo Bureau of Journalist Investigations /Ukraine/

    said abdurakhimov Journalist, Uznews.net /Uzbekistan/

    maksym Butkevych Coordinator, No Borders Initiative /Ukraine/

    tatiana katiuzhynskaya Head, Association of Media Lawyers /Ukraine/

    Vladimir mostovoi Co-Founder, Mirror Weekly; Head, Journalist Ethics Commission /Ukraine/

    alexandra prymachenko Editor-in-Chief, website Rakurs /Ukraine/

    maria semenchenko Editor, Society Column Editor, Den daily newspaper /Ukraine/

    Discussion topics:

    Human rights standards for journalists

    Genre palette: what are the best-fit genres for human rights publications?

    Information sources and personal risks of human rights journalists

    15:30-16:00 COFFEE BREAK

    CONNECTING JOURNALISTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS DAY 1 | 21 MARCH

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    16:00-17:30 sessiOn 3.

    HUman rigHts deFenders and JOUrnaLists: WHy We need tO taLk tO eaCH OtHer?

    Moderator: natalia sokolenko Journalist /Ukraine/

    shukhrat ganiyev Director, Humanitarian Human Rights Center /Uzbekistan/

    pavel gutiontov Head, Freedom of Press Committee, Union of Journalists of Russia /Russian Federation/

    natalia Ligachova Editor-in-Chief, Telekrytyka Magazine, Mediasapiens Project Director /Ukraine/

    tetiana pechonchyk Director, Human Rights Information Center /Ukraine/

    kostiantyn reutski Human Rights Defender, Co-Founder of Understanding Human Rights Programme /Ukraine/

    Discussion topics:

    Restrictions on press freedom, censorship and access to information

    New media for human rights: activism in the Internet age. The role of citizen journalism.

    Human rights education: everybodys business, nobodys responsibility?

    17:30-18:10 presentatiOn OF tHe internatiOnaL FestiVaL OF dOCUmentary FiLms aBOUt HUman rigHts dOCUdays Ua Presentation of the Festival Headliner Film

    18:30 NETWORKING DINNER

    CONNECTING JOURNALISTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERSDAY 1 | 21 MARCH

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    THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT, CIVIL SOCIETY, NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS AND THE MEDIA IN ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS:THE NEED FOR MULTI-FACETED COOPERATION DAY 2 | 22 MARCH

    9:00-9:10 BRIEF SUMMARy OF DAy 1

    9:10-9:30 Presentation of the analytical report

    UniVersaL periOdiC reVieW tHe Cis states: regiOnaL trends

    takhmina karimova, Researcher / Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights

    9:30-11:00 sessiOn 4.

    UniVersaL periOdiC reVieW: triangULatiOn OF COOperatiOn

    Moderator: marc Bojanic Human Rights Advisor, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights /Ukraine/

    Universal Periodic Review: Opportunities and Challenges Christophe peschoux Chief of UPR Section, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights /Switzerland/

    NHRI role in the UPR: Experience of the Russian Federation georgiy kunadze Deputy Head, Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation /Russian Federation/

    Second cycle of the UPR: the experience of Ukraine nazar kulchytskyi Government Commissioner for European Court of Human Rights Matters, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine svitlana kolyshko Director, Department of International Law and Cooperation, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine

    The UPR process in Turkmenistan: results and follow up semshat atajanova Head of Department, National Institute of Democracy and Human Rights /Turkmenistan/

    CSOs participation in the UPR: lessons learnt from the Ukrainian experience iryna Fedorovych Human Rights Defender, Co-Manager No Borders Project, Social Action Center NGO /Ukraine/

    11:00-11:30 COFFEE BREAK

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    INFO-PARTNER: MEDIA PARTNER:

    THE ROLE OF THE GOVERNMENT, CIVIL SOCIETY, NATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS INSTITUTIONS AND THE MEDIA

    IN ADVANCING HUMAN RIGHTS:THE NEED FOR MULTI-FACETED COOPERATIONDAY 2 | 22 MARCH

    11:30-13:00 sessiOn 5.

    FrOm internatiOnaL HUman rigHts meCHanisms tO natiOnaL transFOrmatiOns tHe need FOr a HOListiC apprOaCH tO internatiOnaL reCOmmendatiOns

    Moderator: monjurul kabir Policy Adviser, Rule of Law, Human Rights & Justice, UND