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Seminar on human rights "Ordinary Hell"

In addition to the selection of films in the special programme "Ordinary Hell", an international seminar will take place on Friday, 7 December in Kumu from 13:00 - 17:00. Seminar’s working language is English.

The guest lecturers of the seminar are going to talk about current and most urgent violations of human rights. They are people, who have lived under, worked in or by chance just happened to be sucked into the turmoil of those harsh conditions. The goal of this seminar is to introduce the situation in "hot topic" countries of world press that are relatively unknown in Estonia, focusing on the situation in Burma, genocide in Sudan’s Darfur province and the human rights in China that is currently preparing for upcoming Olympic Games.

Seminar schedule

13:00 Opening words
Mall Hellam, Executive Director of Open Estonia Foundation

13:15-15:30 How realistic is the emergence of independent Kurdistan, if instead dialogue taming of Kurdish "hotheads" is necessary? Why does the Arab World hold its tongue about the genocide in Darfur? Would you prefer cheaper gas or human lives in Burma?

Shawkat Amin Korki, is a Kurdish director, who fled from Iraq to Iran and talks about life without one’s own state.

Shawkat Amin Korki’s film "Crossing the Dust" talks about the atmosphere of chaos and war in Iraq. The film is screened in the programme of the international competition EurAsia on 7 December at 17:00 in Vene Teater, and on 8th December at 16:00 in Sõprus.

Moataz el Fegiery, Program Director of the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies talks about "The Killing Fields" of Sudan’s Darfur and possibilities of resolving the conflict.

Annie Sundberg’s and Ricki Stern’s documentary "The Devil Came on Horseback" is about the tragedy in Sudan’s Darfur province. The documentary will be screened on 1 December at 18:00 in Kumu auditorium and 4 December at 21:00 in Athena II. 

Mark Farmaner, the Acting Director of Burma Campaign UK speak about military junta dictatorship in the South-Asian country and recent crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.

Milena Kaneva, director of the documentary "Total Denial", collected in the course of five years testimonials from Burmese villagers about slave-labour, deportation of entire villages, raping and murdering while the building of Yadana pipeline took place. The film will be screened on 2nd December at 19:00 in Athena II and on 7th December at 18:00 in Kumu auditorium.

15:45-17:30 Estonian athletes and the Olympic Committee need not worry – the Olympic Games will nevertheless take place in Beijing. Yet why have many civic societies and politicians in the world raised the question, whether China deserves the honour of hosting the Olympics in the first place?

Leelo M. Umbsaar (PhD researcher in the Institute of Mainland China Studies, National Sun Yat-sen University) speaks about human rights in China that is preparing for the Olympic Games.

16:30-17:00 Discussion about why the world condones such atrocities.
The seminar is moderated by Tõnis Leht, the co-ordinator of the BNFF human rights special programme "Ordinary Hell".

Everyone interested in these topics are welcome to the seminar, and can register on the website of Open Estonia Foundation http://www.oef.org.ee/register.

The seminar is organised in co-operation with Open Estonia Foundation.

prg. mart kalmo