Seminar on Ukraine

– Democracy, a human right.

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Discussion on the current situation in Ukraine, what has happened at Majdan, what is happening in Crimea, and what will happen onwards.

An important parameter is the civil rights perspective; it took some time for the world to react, Ukraine’s people’s civic courage to protest against the Government, the people’s work against oppression, their strife in sought of human rights and democratic values. The seminar aims at raising a discussion about why the protests at Majdan started; the people’s protests against corruption and the lack of respect for human rights in the country. What has happened during the process and how have these protests led to the ethnic conflict that today is not limited to only Crimea but has gained foothold in the whole country?


12.30-12.45: Welcome by Joacim Díaz Björk, Board Member of Färgfabriken Foundation, Caroline Edelstam, President of the Harald Edelstam Foundation gives an introduction to the day and Yevgeniya Averhed, Ukrainian non-political activist living in Sweden, present the speakers.

12.45-13.25: Sergiy Shavro, non-political activist from Ukraine tells his story from the demonstrations at Majdan from the first day to the end, how he was injured and survived struggling for human rights and a democratic Ukraine.

13.25-14.10: Svitlana Konochuk, responsible for the Democracy Programme for Political Institutions at the ”Ukrainian Centre for Independent Political Research.” She gives a description and analysis on what has happened, the current situation in Crimea as well as a forecast for the future.

14.10-14.30: Vasilia Shchegoleva, architect from Eastern Ukraine tells about the general condition in the country and the feeling amoung the young and the students.

14.30-14.45: Coffe break.

14.45-16.00: Dialogue on the situation in Ukraina led by the journalist, Ulrika Nilsson, with:
Sergiy Shavro, non-political activist from Ukraine.
Svitlana Konochuk, Ukrainian Centre for Independent Political Research.
Miroslav Durdevic, Programme Officer at Civil Rights Defenders.
Larysa Sherstylo, Union for Ukrainian women in Scandinavia.
Caroline Edelstam, President of the Harald Edelstam Foundation.
Vasilia Shchegoleva, architect from Eastern Ukraine.
Yevgeniya Averhed, non-political activist from Ukraine working on HR-projects at Folkuniversitet.
Ove Bring, Professor Emeritus international law at Försvarshögskolan.
Annette Dahlqvist, Head of DemokratiAkademin and Advisor to ”Mänskliga Rättighetsdagarna”.
Shane Quinn, representative from Folke Bernadotte Akademy.

16.00-16.30: Conclusions and questions led by Mona Strindberg, President FN-föreningen in Uppsala.


Date & Location

March 22, 2014 at Färgfabriken


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