Blogger Kazansky confirms his participation, Bialiacki cancels

Well-known Ukrainian blogger Denis Kazansky, who also writes for several news websites, has confirmed his participation to the conference. Unfortunately Belorussian dissident Ales Bialiatzki had to cancel his involvement.

Tiananmen student activist in Prague

Chinese activist Jiang Shao, student leader during the protests on Tiananmen Square in 1989, has definitively confirmed his participation to the panel "Authoritarians Growing Smarter" at the conference.

New website for the Festival svobody

The conference will be held within the Festival svobody. Check out the website for many more events organized to commemorate the Velvet Revolution. And follow its Facebook profile !



People in Need will join the celebrations marking the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution with the international conference FOR YOUR FREEDOM AND OURS: SUPPORTING DISSIDENTS AND HUMAN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS 25 YEARS AND BEYOND. The conference panels will be mostly composed of foreign delegates, activists whose fates aren’t left unnoticed by many democratic countries, including the Czech Republic. The venue itself is also symbolic, as the Charles University was the scene to many a significant event that marked the 1989 Velvet Revolution.

The aim of the conference is to stimulate a debate on dissent, on the history of the promotion of human rights, on the changes in authoritarian regimes and hence in the risks dissidents have to face. The topics will cover the current and past trends of the Czech foreign policy.

The conference is organized as part of the Freedom Festival – www.festivalsvobody.cz