Film and debate on human rights in Belarus at Human Rights Film Festival in Geneva

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An international human rights film festival took place in Geneva on March 9, 2014. The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) dedicated this festival to human rights defenders who symbolize the battle for human dignity and human rights throughout the world. For Belarus, this person is Ales Bialiatski, the imprisoned head of the Human Rights Center Viasna.

The documentary film Europe’s Last Dictator received a public showing as part of this festival. Before the film began, Mariangela Zappia, the EU ambassador to the UN in Geneva, and Sasha Koulaeva, head of the Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk at FIDH, addressed the audience.

After the film, a debate was moderated by the journalist André Loersch. Valentin Stefanovich, deputy head of the Human Rights Center Viasna, Miklós Haraszti, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation in Belarus, and Elena Daneiko, an independent journalist, participated.

During the discussion (a video dubbed into English), the panelists answered questions and spoke about human rights violations in Belarus.

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