Tatsiana Reviaka takes part in 7th Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders at Risk
Platform, gathering participants from all over
the world, started in the Irish capital on 9
October. Belarus is represented by the
journalist Iryna Khalip, the coordinator of
the Office on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Siarhei
Drazdouski and a member of the Council of the Human Rights Center
“Viasna” and the President of the Belarusian Human Rights House
in Vilnius Tatsiana Reviaka.
Dublin Platform is one of the biggest events in the world for human rights defenders. This year it is attended by more than 130 human rights activists from 85 different countries, all of whom face serious risks associated with their pecaeful activities in defense of the rights of others.
The organizer of this large-scale event is the International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Front Line.
The conference, which runs from 9 to 11 October, will discuss the security and protection for human rights defenders working in conflict zones, female human rights defenders and the regional mechanisms to protect human rights defenders.
At the invitation of the organizers, the conference is attended by the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders Margaret Sekagya, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly and of association Maina Kiai, the EU Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders Stavros Lambrynidis, the Chairman of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission Michael O'Flaherty and representatives of the Government and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ireland, the Inter-American Commission on Human rights and the African Commission on human and Peoples Rights.
According to the organizers, the conference report will be based on the reports on the results of the individual working groups, plenary sessions and information obtained from interviews with human rights defenders at the conference.
Earlier Dublin Platform for Human Rights Defenders was held in January of 2002, September of 2003, October 2005, November 2007 , February 2010 and September of 2011 .