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Martin Palouš

Was one of the first signatories of Charter 77, a document criticizing the Communist government of Czechoslovakia for not respecting human rights and later served as the group’s spokesman. He is also a founding member of CivicFORUM, a dissident movement that helped to overthrow the Communist government in Czechoslovakia. He was elected to the Federal Assembly where he joined the Foreign Affairs Committee and later became deputy minister of Foreign Affairs. In 2002, he was appointed Ambassador for the Czech Republic to the United States, and in 2006, became the ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Nations. Currently Mr. Palouš is the Director of the Vaclav Havel Program for Human Rights and Diplomacy at the Florida International University. The Program studies and explores the politics of human rights, the processes of democratization in societies that were once under autocratic governments, and the experiences of societies currently in transition around the world. Mr. Palouš focuses on the process of negotiation of a new bilateral treaty between the European Union and Cuba, and campaigns and advocates human rights requiring the participation of representatives of independent Cuban civil society in all the stages of this process. As a Senior Fellow at School of International and Public Affairs at FIU, he teaches classes on democratization, human rights, Europe, and the European Union.

Malika Abdoulvakhabova

Malika Abdoulvakhabova

Chechnyan living in Poland. Vice-Deputy of the Board of the Rescue (Ocalenie) Foundation acting in a field of assistance for refugees and immigrants.

Umar Abdul- Nasser

Umar Abdul- Nasser was born in Mosul, Iraq in 1985. He is a poet, writer and stage performer, creating in Arabic and English. Umar work has already been presented in various countries around the World, during many festivals and events (Poland, UK, Iraq, Turkey, Sweden and Finland). His best works, like in example “Declaration No.0” and “A Message of Peace” can also be seen on his YouTube channel . Umar's work focus on the aspects of humanity and peace, strongly opposing cruelty of war and conflict. The artist is currently on his International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN) scholarship in Wrocław, Poland.

Samuel Abrahám

Samuel Abrahám

PhD, studied Political Science and Political Philosophy at the University of Toronto and the Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. At the latter one he obtained his doctorate. Since 1996 he is the publisher and editor-in-chief of Kritika & Kontext and during 1996-2006 he founded and directed the educational institution Society for Higher Learning based in Bratislava. During 1996-2001 he was a representative of the Foundation Project on Ethnic Relations (PER) in Slovakia, based in Princeton, U.S., specializing in inter-ethnic conflicts. He teaches political science at the Comenius University in Bratislava. Author of the book An Attempt to Analyze Slovak Society. Regularly publishes articles in Slovak and English magazines on the subjects of Slovak politics, the EU, as well as political theory. Member of the advisory board of Eurozine – an online magazine providing a network of European Cultural journals. Director of Bratislava Institute of Humanism, a nonprofit organization. Since June 2006  he is rector and lecturer of Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts (BISLA).

Dorota Adamska

Dorota Adamska

Graduate of Anthropology at the University in Toronto, studied Archeology at the Jagiellonian University. 1989–1995 worked in the Ontario Parliament in Toronto. 1995- 1996 British Petroleum President’s Assistant and since 1996 Public Relations Manager for British Petroleum Poland. Coordinator of many social projects in BP. Besides that a lecturer at the Tischner European University in Cracow.

Sari Al Hassanat

Sari Al Hassanat is a young poet and civil rights activist from Palestine. Directly affected by the unstable political situation in Gaza, he started writing and publishing poems and articles, tackling sensitive issues such as political corruption, human rights and terrorism. He merged his poetical talent with his civil rights activism, writing poems about peace for children, which have been published by Iraqi, Swedish Based Al Noor Centre for Culture and Media. He has also worked as a volunteer with the Peace and Friendship International Organization, the Al-Najada Charity for Palestinian Children, as well as the Youth Culture Forum Association (YCFA). Currently Al Hassanat is an ICORN resident in Gdańsk, Poland.

Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs

Jolanta Ambrosewicz-Jacobs

PhD in Human Sciences in 1991 (Jagiellonian University). Nowadays the head of the Research Centre for Holocaust Studies at the Centre for European Studies of the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. Co-chair of the contact group "Education for Tolerance" of the Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief of the OSCE. Main areas of interest: education to enhance tolerance, intercultural education and methodology of teaching about the Holocaust.

Rose Anderson

Supporter of diversity, sustainability, activation of women in science and economy (esp. in technological sectors). Passionate about inclusive management, innovate work philosophy and CSR. Rose Anderson is Director for Protection Services at Scholars at Risk, where she oversees SAR’s work assessing applications from threatened scholars and seeking placements within the SAR Network. Prior to joining the SAR team, Rose worked with the Human Rights Advocates Program at Columbia University, a capacity-building and training program for human rights activists from around the world. Rose also worked with WITNESS, where she trained activists in using video for human rights documentation and developed training materials. Rose received her M.A. 

Roman Andrejko

Journalist, director of the Radiocompania LUX, Lviv.

Timothy Garton Ash

Timothy Garton Ash

Is Professor of European Studies in the University of Oxford, Isaiah Berlin Professional Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is the author of nine books of ‘history of the present’, including The Polish Revolution: Solidarity, The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of ’89 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague, The File and, most recently, Facts are Subversive. His essays appear regularly in The New York Review of Books and he writes a column in The Guardian which is widely syndicated in Europe, Asia and the Americas including in Gazeta Wyborcza. He is currently leading a major Oxford University research project on global free speech norms in the internet age, which can be followed in 13 languages on www.freespeechdebate.com, and writing a book on free speech.

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