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Friday, June 14 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Knocking Out Impunity for Violence: Defending civic space in a time of conflict

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During active conflict, a country’s leadership often struggles to balance national security interests while simultaneously cultivating respect for fundamental freedoms. More often than not, national security will stand paramount to fundamental freedoms, while the activists who defend those freedoms will fall into the line of fire. In Europe and Eurasia, and the obsoletely named ‘post-Soviet’ context in particular, countries struggle with the unique challenge of artificially constructed conflicts. Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia are important examples of environments beset by conflict where activists are taking a variety of measures and developing intersectional and forward-thinking partnerships with a wide range of civil society actors, including journalists, the IT community, entrepreneurs, lawyers, and others to address threats to civic space. This session will focus on effective measures that Ukrainian, Moldovan, and Georgian civil society have taken to protect civic space and fundamental rights in this context, particularly through effective partnerships and coalitions, emergency response, public outreach online and offline, evidence-based approaches to systematically, securely, and professionally monitor and document rights abuses, and avenues for advocacy at the local, national, and international levels to effect change.

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Gina Lentine

Senior Program Officer, Freedom House
Gina Lentine (she/her/hers) is the team lead for Eastern Europe programming (Ukraine, Moldova, Turkey) at Freedom House, with a thematic focus on freedom of expression, freedom of the press, and freedom of association and assembly. Talk to her about all things human rights and Europe... Read More →

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Dumitru Tira

Managin Director, Institute for the Prevention of Hybrid Threats
Dumitru TIRAManaging director, Institute for the Prevention of Hybrid ThreatsBoard member, Association for Development and Cooperation MoldovaCEO Realitatea Media Dumitru TIRA is the CEO of Realitatea Media and member of the Integrity Council of Moldova. 2016-2018 was an active member... Read More →
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Daria Sydorenko

Advocacy menage, The Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR)
Attorney, expert for civil society development with a thematic focus on the establishment of the best European practices in the field of taxation of public and charitable organizations, reporting, implementation of transparent public finance competitions of civil society organizations... Read More →
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Svitlana Valko

Executive Director, Truth Hounds
The Truth Hounds Office Director in Georgia, field work manager for an extended period of time in Ukraine. The qualified coach on war crimes documenting, defending defenders and advocacy. For more than 8 years Svitlana has been coordinating the various projects in Eastern Europe... Read More →
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Victoria Bucataru

Executive Director, Foreign Policy Association of Moldova
Victoria Bucătaru is the Executive Director with the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova. She holds a BA and MA degree in international relations, political and administrative sciences from the Moldova State University. Between 2005-2010, Victoria worked as a lecturer at the International... Read More →

Marc Behrendt

Director Europe and Eurasia Programs, Freedom House

Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
Carthage 2 (Laico)