Support for democracy and human rights in the time of the Pandemic
Venue: Kilden Performing Arts Centre
The conference is convened on Europe Day 5 May 2021 to support democracy and human rights in Europe. It is the second year that a European Conference on this subject is being organized in Kristiansand. The Pandemic has aggravated challenges to democracy and human rights and has to be addressed. But the fundamental issues go further than the health crisis to secure democracy and human rights in Europe. Democratic participation and reasoned opinions are needed. Freedom of expression has been the most debated issue of human rights in recent years. In the last year more than ever. The conference program will therefore set a particular focus on this issue.
|12:30||Welcome speech, Mayor of Kristiansand, Jan Oddvar Skisland|
|European Hymn performed by Kristiansand Symphony Orchestra|
|Presentation of the Council of Europe Banner from 1966 by youth representatives Maja Fleck-Baustian and Emma Lunden|
|12:45||Opening speech by the Speaker of the National Assembly of Norway, Tone Wilhelmsen Trøen|
|Opening statement by Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Bjørn Magnus Berge|
|Leadership of democracy and human rights in the time of the Pandemic: The impact of hate speech on democracy – the response of European institutions. Keynote Addresses by Director General Snezana Markovic, DG Democracy, Council of Europe and Director for Rule of Law and Fundamental Rights and Team Leader Louisa Klingvall, DG Justice, European Commission|
|13:45||Freedom of expression: A cornerstone for humanity and democracy|
European Standards: Freedom of Expression in the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights. Keynote Address given by the President of the European Court of Human Rights, Robert Ragnar Spano
The Swastika flying over the Memorial Site of Victims of Nazism – Burning of the Couran as part of a political manifestation. Can this be allowed? Video footage; presentation of the cases by Historian Thomas V.H. Hagen, Arkivet Peace and Human Rights Center, and Adviser Kim Henrik Gronert, Multicultural Dialogue, Municipality of Kristiansand.
|14:15||How is Europe managing Freedom of Expression?|
|Reflections and suggestions on the challenging balance of rights and responsibilities. Keynote Address by Director General Christos Giakoumopoulos, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law, Council of Europe.|
Director General Christos Giakoumopoulos, Council of Europe Managing Director Kjersti Løken Stavrum, Chair of the National Commission on Freedom of Expression Director Kristine Storesletten Sødal, Arkivet Peace and Human Rights Center Former academic Director Atif Imtiaz, Cambridge Muslim College, UK.
Moderator: Senior Adviser Anine Kierulf, NIM
|15:15||Coffee break | Panoramic images from Kristiansand|
|15:30||Frontline for Media Freedom: The Council of Europe Platform to promote the protection of journalism and safety of journalists.|
Keynote Address by fmr. Secretary General of the Council of Europe, fmr. Prime Minister of Norway, Thorbjørn Jagland. Followed by a panel discussion with the latter as well as Secretary General Christophe Deloire, Reporters Sans Frontières, Paris and Representative for Media Freedom, William Horsley, Association of European Journalists, Brussel.
Moderator: Political Editor Vidar Udjus, Fædrelandsvennen
|16:30||The response of the next generation: Youth leaders discussing solutions regarding challenges of maintaining democracy and the importance and protection of freedom of expression.|
Kaposi Levente, president of the Socialist Party of Pécs; Hungary;
Alice Bergholtz, coordinator of work on youth participation and organization in The Bureau of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ); Sweden
Nika Bakhsoliani, coordinator of work on access to rights in The Bureau of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ); Georgia
Coordinator of work on access to rights in The Bureau of the Advisory Council on Youth (CCJ), Henriette Hølland Grottvik, founder of Mangfoldspodden; Denmark
Emma Lunden, CEO of Bærekraftsfestivalen, Kristiansand; Norway Maja Fleck-Baustian, segment moderator and leader of Youth for Diversity; Norway
|17:15||Concluding remarks: Conference moderator, Director of Culture Torbjørn Urfjell|
|The evening program on 5 May is cancelled due to Covid 19 limitations.
|In addition to the Europe day, partnership activities/supporting events will take place 3-7 May. The same week the University of Agder is organizing a democracy and election week.
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