On 27-28 October 2016 in Bratislava, the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum (EaP CSF) will hold its “Youth for Rights” Conference gathering more than 140 young activists from the six Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries, Russia and the EU who advocate human rights and democratic development of their societies. The event is held under patronage of the Slovak Presidency of the Council of the EU.
H.E. Andrej Kiska, the President of the Slovak Republic, will send a video address to give start to the discussions. Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General in charge of the Eastern Neighbourhood at the DG NEAR at the European Commission (tbc) will deliver the opening address.
27 October9:00-10:00 Video address from H.E. Andrej Kiska, President of the Slovak RepublicOpening address by Katarina Mathernova, Deputy Director General, DG NEAR, European Commission
10:15-12:00 Panel discussion Youth for Human Rights: challenges and perspectives - Oleksandr Yarema, Deputy Minister of Youth and Sport, Ukraine - Rasul Jafarov, former political prisoner, Human Rights Club, Azerbaijan - Hennadii Afanasiev, former political prisoner, Special Representative of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine for the liberation of political prisoners, Ukraine- Tatiana Kulbakina, Russian Socio-Ecological Union - Jana Zilkova, GLOBSEC
17:30-19:00 Open Space Networking Fair with representatives of the College of Europe and major NGOs working on youth development, such as the European Youth Forum, European Students’ Union and AEGEE-Europe.
28 October9:10:10:00 Panel discussion Youth migration – a challenge or opportunity for the EaP region?
10:00-11:00 Panel discussion New developments in youth cooperation in the EaP region with representatives from the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, EU NEIGHBOURS EAST project, SALTO-Youth Eastern Europe and Caucasus Resource Centre
18:00-19:00 Closing and award ceremony for the Young Human Rights Activist 2016