Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 14:15
Zaal 1, Filmhuis Den Haag
PUSHING BACK PUTINISM
Strategies for combatting the shrinking space for human rights defenders
Russian activist Nadezhda Kutepova had to flee Russia. Planet of Hopes, Nadezhda’s nonprofit organization that promotes environmental and
ecological education, had been labeled ‘Foreign Agent ’ and Nadezhda herself was accused on national TV of engaging in
industrial espionage and exposing Russian nuclear secrets. Due to her activism, she has been harassed
by the Russian government to such an extent that she no longer felt safe and
felt forced to seek asylum in France.
Nadezhda’s case, screened at this year’s Movies that Matter Festival in the documentary City 40, is but one example of the Russian clampdown on human rights. Russia has become much more sophisticated in its attacks on human rights both at home and abroad. Russia’s international counterparts appear to be at loss when faced with its growing influence, arrogance, and impudence. Today, many countries are trying to backtrack from their international obligations, thus putting human rights at risk.
Unfortunately, Nadezhda Kutepova is not able to attend the festival
On Tuesday, March 28, after the screening of City 40, Amnesty International organizes an exclusive masterclass on the topic of shrinking space for human rights defenders and strategies to combat this trend. Keynote speaker is Anna Neistat, Senior Director for Research at Amnesty International, leading and developing the organization’s global research agenda and crisis response. Originally from Russia, she worked there as a journalist and human rights activist until 2004 and continues to closely follow human rights developments in the country. Drawing on Russia as an example, Dr. Neistat will offer a broader perspective on this global trend of shrinking space for civil society and outline possibilities to counter this process.
Moderator: Lars van Troost, senior policy and strategy adviser at Amnesty International Netherlands
City 40’s protagonist, Russian lawyer Nadezhda Kutepova, as well as the documentary’s director Samira Goetschel will also join the event. After the masterclass there will be an opportunity to meet them and Anna Neistat in the bar.
The topics of Anna Neistat’s masterclass will focus on her contribution to Amnesty’s new publication Shifting Power and Human Rights Diplomacy: Russia, the latest in a series that focuses on rising powers and their current and potential roles in the international protection and promotion of human rights. The masterclass will prelaunch this publication.