Debate about Russia's return to the Council of Europe
Please join the debate as political leaders and human-rights advocates from Russia and the Netherlands discuss Russia’s return to the Council of Europe.
What are the risks and benefits? How do we ensure that the Russian government respects its obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights? What are the international legal and political tools at our disposal? And what can the Netherlands do?
09:00 Registration and coffee
10:00 Human rights, rule of law, democracy: is Russia meeting Council of Europe standards?
10:40 Russia’s return to the Council of Europe: what benefits and risks?
11:20 Coffee break
11:40 How can governments and civil society respond?
12:15 Lunch break
13:00 What can Dutch institutions and activists do?
13:40 Concluding remarks and next steps.
- Natalia Arno, Russian democracy activist, President of the Free Russia Foundation
- Sergei Davidis, Head of the Political Prisoner Support Programme, Memorial Human Rights Centre
- Vadim Prokhorov, lawyer for the family of Boris Nemtsov, former member of the Russian Central Electoral Commission
- Vladimir Kara-Murza, Russian opposition politician, Chairman of the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom
We look forward to meeting you.