For the third year running, ICCL is hosting a panel at the Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival. This year, we’re focusing on protest rights.
Where? Science Gallery Dublin, Pearse St.
When? Saturday 28th September 4:30pm
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The right to protest is one of the most important human rights issues globally. Threats to the right to protest manifest themselves in different ways throughout different regions, some protesters face military backlash, others face greater electronic surveillance, and some face a shrinking civil space for opposition and dissent more generally. This panel gathers three human rights defenders from Ireland and abroad to discuss the current trends in protest, the threats to the right to protest which they face, and how civil society can work to protect this vital human right.
Cormac McAleer, Chairman (outgoing) of Save Our Sperrins (SOS), Co. Tyrone.
Save Our Sperrins is an environmental interest group based in the heart of the Sperrins in County Tyrone. They advocate for environmentally responsible planning in the public interest. In recent months Cormac and others have been subject to threats and intimidation in connection with protesting the activities of a Canadian goldmining project in the Sperrins Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
Svetlana Glushkova, Reporter, Kazakhstan.
Svetlana Glushkova is a correspondent with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Kazakh Service and Current Time. She covers a wide range of human rights related issues and has been arrested numerous times and beaten by police officers during the course of her work.
Edward Horgan, peace activist, Co. Limerick.
Dr. Edward Horgan, a retired UN peacekeeper, took a constitutional case against the Irish Government over US military use of Shannon airport. He is the chairperson of Veterans for Peace Ireland, International Secretary of the Irish Peace and Neutrality Alliance, and a peace activist with Shannonwatch. Protests at Shannon are frequently targetted by An Garda Síochána, and members have reported harassment, arrests without a legal basis, and lack of follow-up on complaints. Dr. Horgan tried but failed to arrest G. W. Bush at Shannon airport (mea cupla) and has himself been arrested on a number of occasions.
The panel will be chaired by Doireann Ansbro, ICCL’s Senior Research and Policy Officer.
For more information on the festival, see http://smashingtimes.ie/centrefortheartsandhumanrights/dublinartsandhumanrightsfestival/