Wroclaw Global Forum begins on Thursday 31 May. For two days, figures of worldwide renown will be discussing the condition of policy around the world. The Freedom Awards will be presented to Mikhail Gorbachev and Władysław Bartoszewski.
The Freedom Awards “are an expression of our appreciation for the people and institutions making a significant contribution to the development of democracy, civil liberties, and human rights around the world” the organisers say.
Last year the award was personally received by Ales Byalyatski, Belarusian human rights defender, who was sentenced to imprisonment for financial fraud in November 2011. The unofficial reason for his imprisonment is Byalyatski’s activity for human rights in Belarus. This year, the organisers have decided to honour: last leader of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev, Polish activist, politician and historian Władysław Bartoszewski, Italian radical political activist Emma Bonino and National Endowment for Democracy.
Eastbook.eu is a media partner of Wroclaw Global Forum. We will report on the course of events and discussions. A large part of the Forum will be dedicated to Eastern Europe: one of the panels is about the future of the Eastern Partnership, and one of the seminars discusses development of the situation in Ukraine. There is also a debate about Putin’s Russia and one dedicated to new technology and its impact on democracy. Detailed programme is available on the website. We will report daily on the Forum, both on Twitter (hashtag: #WGF) and on Eastbook.euu.
Translated by Marta Lityńska