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06/12/2012

Annual Sakharov Prize Debate on Human Rights

Each year the announcement of the Sakharov Prize laureate provides the opportunity for a public discussion on freedom of thought, organized by the European Parliament's office in London in conjunction with University College London. This year, one year on from the death of Václav Havel, and in the light of a contemporary reinvention of dissident practice in the Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, Charter 08 in China and the neo-dissidence of Pussy Riot and others in Russia, we have formulated topics for discussion that pick up on themes from Havel: dissent as the 'art of the impossible' and as a point of intersection between politics and aesthetics, both apparently present in the work of the two Iranian activists, lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and film director Jafar Panahi, joint winners of the Sakharov Prize in 2012.

Please find below the programme for the event:

 
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Sakharov Prize: Europe's answer to the Nobel honours artists and dissidents from Tehran to Moscow by TIM BEASLEY AND PETER ZUSI

Europe's answer to the Nobel honours artists and dissidents from Tehran to Moscow
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HE Michael Žantovský (Czech Republic Ambassador)

Tom Moriarty (Occupy)

Alena Ledeneva (UCL)

Edward McMillan-Scott (Vice-President, European Parliament)

 

Panelists' Discussion

 

Questions and Answers

 

Closing debate