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Václav Havel Institute

August 23, 2015

Conference on the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarianism - 2015

In its third edition, journalist and foreign policy analyst Jorge Elias, the Chairman of DAIA Julio Schlosser and the Catholic intellectual and Cuban dissident Dagoberto Valdes served as guest speakers. Also, a diplomat from the embassy of Romania read a message and the Consul of the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires closed the event. The conference was sponsored by the embassies of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the following entities: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations (DAIA), Forum 2000, People In Need, UN Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

In its third edition, journalist and foreign policy analyst Jorge Elias, the Chairman of DAIA Julio Schlosser and the Catholic intellectual and Cuban dissident Dagoberto Valdes served as guest speakers. Also, a diplomat from the embassy of Romania read a message and the Consul of the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires closed the event.

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

The conference is an initiative of the Vaclav Havel Institute of International Democratic Solidarity Program of CADAL and this year sponsored by the embassies of Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the following entities: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations (DAIA), Forum 2000, People In Need, UN Watch and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

The conference was opened by Gabriel C. Salvia, Chairman of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL).

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

Then Jorge Elias, author of the book “Kill the mailman” published by CADAL, offered an analysis of the report of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) about the 10 countries which most suffer from censorship.

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

Then, Julio Schlosser, President of the Delegation Argentine Isaeli Associations (DAIA), referred to the persistence of anti-Semitism throughout history and the current situation at national and regional level.

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

On his turn, Dagoberto Valdes, Director of the Center Convivencia in Pinar del Rio, Cuba, presented the mission and challenges of Cuban civil society in the present and the future of Cuba in the context of the restoration of Cuba-American relations and the Pope's visit to Cuba.

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

At last, Mircea Borza, Economic Counselor of the Embassy of Romania shared the activities organized in order to commemorate the victims of totalitarianism.

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

The end of the event was in charge of Milan Frola, Consul of the Czech Republic in Argentina, who referred to the figure of Vaclav Havel.

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

Julio Schlosser, of the DAIA with ambassadors Hella Sekhniachvili (Georgia), Robert Fry (Canada) and Patrick Renault (Belgium).

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

Nina Olsen, embassy of Denmark; Milan Frola, embassy of the Czech Republic; and Loes van den Elzen, embassy of The Netherlands.

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

Agustín Menéndez, Cecilia de la Torre, Mercedes Llano, Gabriel Salvia, Horacio Fernández and Ricardo Lagorio.

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

Miruna Rusen and Mircea Borza of the Romanian embassy, together with the intern of the Swiss embassy.

Conferencia en el Día Internacional en Recuerdo de las Víctimas del totalitarismo

The "Black Ribbon Day" was adopted by the European Parliament and subsequently followed by Canada. This initiative was proposed by Vaclav Havel and other European politicians and human rights activists in Prague Declaration on European Conscience and Communism, signed on June 3, 2008. On August 23, recalls the day the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed, when the Soviet Union and National Socialist Germany divided Eastern Europe. For the former President of the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek, those were "the collusion of the two worst forms of totalitarianism in the history of mankind."

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