'The European Union made human rights one of the central aspects in its relations to other countries and region,' one could recently read on the European Commission’s homepage. Such statements have often remained unfulfilled promises, whenever political and economic interests were involved. Europe, wanting to see itself as the cradle of human and civil rights, has frequently failed to support democracy movements elsewhere. Human rights organisations have been criticising the ineffectiveness of sanctions against dictatorships and an arbitrary asylum policy for political refugees from member states for a long time. What core values will the emerging European External Action Service feel obliged to in the future? What will the role of cultural cooperation with third countries be in the future? Four days before the Avicenna Award ceremony for Iranian Nobel Peace Prize laureate and human rights activist Shirin Ebadi in Frankfurt, she poses the following question in Berlin: 'Does the EU possess a serious human rights policy strategy?'
2 May, 6 pm
Allianz Forum Berlin, Pariser Platz 6.
Welcome: Henning Schulte-Noelle, chairman of the board of Allianz SE Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of the Goethe Institute
Keynote: Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize laureate 2003, Avicenna Prize laureate 2012
Pictured: Shirin Ebadi 2003 (Image: (cc) anaelisafoto/ flickr)
Panelists: Alexander Graf Lambsdorff, member of the European Parliament and member in the Committee for Foreign Affairs of the EP
Gottfried Langenstein, President of the French-German cultural broadcasting corporation ARTE und managing director of 3sat
Robert Menasse, Austrian writer and EU expert
Pierre Vimont, Secretary General of the European External Action Service
Moderation: Malte Lehming, Der Tagesspiegel
An event by the Allianz Kulturstiftung and the More Europe initiative in cooperation with ARTE, Der Tagesspiegel, and rbb Kulturradio. Please sign up in advance under: firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel.: +49-(0)30 / 321 80 82