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Civil Society Under Assault

September 12, 2013 - 8:45am to 2:00pm

Thursday, September 12, 2013
8:45am – 2:00pm

Welcome Remarks
Mr. David J. Kramer
President, Freedom House

Panel Discussion I: Defending the Freedom of Association

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Authoritarian regimes are undermining international norms on freedom of association and blocking U.S. efforts to support civil society. Are the United States and the international community doing enough to address the global crackdown on civil society? What support for civil society is most effective? And what changes in U.S. policy are needed?


Admiral Dennis Blair – United States
Former Director of National Intelligence, Freedom House Trustee

Dr. Sarah E. Mendelson – United States
Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance

Ms. Margaret Sekaggya – Uganda
UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders

Moderated by Ms. Elisa Massimino
President and CEO, Human Rights First

Panel Discussion II: The View from the Ground on the Crackdown on Civil Society

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Space for civil society is shrinking in countries around the world as governments use a variety of methods, both overt and subtle, to stifle the creation, operations, and funding of civil society organizations. How is this crackdown affecting the ability of civil society to advocate for greater freedom in key countries? And how is the international, particularly the U.S. response to the crackdown viewed by frontline activists?


Dr. Nancy Okail – Egypt
Freedom House

Mr. Hernán Charosky – Argentina
Professor, University of Palermo, Center for the Implementation of Public Policies Promoting Equity and Growth (Cippec)

Mr. Pavel Chikov – Russia
Chairman of AGORA, Russia

Mr. Aung Maw Zin – Burma
Program Officer for Asia, National Endowment for Democracy

Moderated by Ms. Jennifer Windsor
Associate Dean of the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University

Keynote Address by Fred Hiatt and Closing Remarks by Ms. Elisa Massimino

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Mr. Fred Hiatt
Washington Post Editorial Page Editor
As a member of the media covering international issues, Mr. Hiatt has used his position as the Editor of the Washington Post editorial page to sound the alarm over instances of government repression around the world. He will give his perspective on the global crackdown against human rights defenders and civil society.

Introduction by Mr. David J. Kramer
Q&A Moderated by Ms. Elisa Massimino

Freedom House & Human Rights First thank our Supporting Partners: ABA Center for Human Rights, Amnesty International USA, Center for Victims of Torture, Enough Project, Open Society Foundations, Project on Middle East Democracy, the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, Physicians for Human Rights