In Defense of Ukraine: Human Rights, Crimea, and the Case of PEN America "Freedom to Write" Awardee Oleg Sentsov

In Defense of Ukraine: Human Rights, Crimea, and the Case of PEN America "Freedom to Write" Awardee Oleg Sentsov

Date: Thu, April 27 2017 Time: 9:30am

Freedom House
1850 M Street NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036

In Defense of Ukraine: Human Rights, Crimea, and the Case of PEN America "Freedom to Write" Awardee Oleg Sentsov

Light breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m.

Please join Freedom House and PEN America for a discussion in honor of Oleg Sentsov, this year’s recipient of the Barbey “Freedom to Write” Award, exploring challenges to free expression and human rights in Crimea

Oleg Sentsov, a writer, filmmaker and a native of Simferopol, has been an outspoken critic of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and was active in the Revolution of Dignity protests that took place in 2013-2014. In May 2014, shortly following Russia’s occupation of Crimea, Sentsov faced spurious accusations from Russia-backed prosecutors of being part of a terrorist conspiracy, to which he pleaded not guilty. Following a dubious trial, Sentsov, along with fellow activist Oleksandr Kolchenko, is serving a 20-year prison sentence in Russia.

This year, PEN America has awarded Sentsov with its Barbey “Freedom to Write” Award in light of his tremendous courage to speak out against the intolerance of free expression and conscientious dissent. Sentsov’s case highlights larger challenges to free expression that continue to choke fundamental freedoms in Crimea, Donbas, and Russia, and why Ukraine and the international community have a duty to support Sentsov and others like him in an effort to promote human rights in challenging times.

Speakers:

Natalya Kaplan
Journalist and cousin of Oleg Sentsov

Halyna Coynash
Kharkiv Human Rights Protection Group

Mustafa Nayyem
Member of Ukrainian Parliament, Democratic Alliance

Moderator:

Christian Caryl
Director, DemocracyPost Project
The Washington Post 

Welcoming Remarks:

Gabe Rottman
Washington Director
PEN America 

Closing Remarks:

Marc Behrendt
Director for Eurasia Programs
Freedom House 

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