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HSE Human Rights Week organized by "Political Analysis and Public Policy" programme students

Annual series of events, organized by students of the department, was timed to the International Human Rights Day and aimed to raise people's awareness of human rights violations. This year events were mostly dedication to internal Russian challenges. A few new formats were included as well, which you can read about below. 

10th December, opening event: Karl Popper debates

The debates were the first event of the Human Rights Week, on December 10, 2019. The issue, which was debated on, is very controversial even amongst scientific society: the universal legalization of euthanasia. Frankly, the debate was very educative, and thought-provoking. At the end, the opposing team won the debate, with Umid Ergashev as the Best Speaker.

An interactive session took place after the official debate. This afforded everybody - debaters, judges and the general audience to share their viewpoints on the topic. This discussion was very insightful as it brought to light various philosophical and religious questions from different perspectives.

The event ended with a beautiful group photograph and an informal chat outside of HSE building.

 

11th December, Women’s Rights Day

The discussion was dedicated mostly to the new draft law domestic violence in Russia and to the NGOs working with this problem. Our guest speakers were Anastasia Kasatkina (Adviser to the Head of the Women Council of Russia), Maria Davidenko (PhD, Assistant Professor HSE), Anna Romaschenko (journalist at community center Nasiliu.net), Valentina Frolova (lawyer, Consortium of Women's Non-Governmental Organizations). The event turned out to be very heated as some opposing ideas were expressed. 

 

13th December, Minority Rights Day

Our guests were Dmitrii Tolkachev (HSE Doctoral Student) and Svetlana Zakharova (Russian LGBT Network), discussing Russian and international experience of minority rights’ implementation. A lot of questions were covered: from regional management in traditional societies to state censorship and ideology. Guests have noted that they were with the diversity of audeince present.

 

16th December, closing event: Freedom of Expression Day

The day aimed at highlighting the importance and uniqueness of the right, declared in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers".

Unfortunately, our first guest — HSE tenured professor Gasan Gusejnov — could not attend the event, but we had an honour to host Vladimir Milov (Russian Politician, Former Deputy Energy Minister of the Russian Federation), who emphasized how the situation with freedom of expression affects Russia's global competitiveness level, and Valentina Dekhtyarenko (coordinator at the Open Russia Human Rights Team) who talked about her organization’s experience in protecting people’s right to express their opinions freely.

Disclaimer: The whole event including all presentations, speeches and discussions, has academic and research value and nothing more.
Events were prepared by the student initiative group: Ernst Vagner, Maria Makhmutova, Intizor Gulyamova, Svetlana Lepeshkina, Ekaterina Zhiryakova, Richter Mohammed Jibril, Margarita Medvedeva, Alexandra Pozhivotko, Christopher Lartey.