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2nd Annual Sakharov Debate: Dissent Today as the Art of the Impossible
6 December 2012
See below for videos from the second event in the Annual Sakharov Debate series, a yearly public event exploring current developments on Human Rights in Europe. Co-hosted by the European Parliament Office in London, it coincides each December with the "Sakharov Prize" being awarded by the European Parliament to people and organisations playing a crucial role in defence of human rights and freedom of speech.
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 formulated topics for discussion that picked up on themes from Havel: dissent as the ‘art of the impossible’ and as a point of intersection between politics and aesthetics. Themes 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.
- Tom Moriarty (Occupy)
- Edward McMillan-Scott (Vice-President, European Parliament)
- Alena Ledeneva (UCL)
- HE Michael Žantovský (Czech Republic Ambassador)
- Moderator: Tim Beasley-Murray (UCL)
With the support of the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Union.
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