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The event was held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building, the Palacio San Martín. Among those in attendance were members of the Argentinian foreign service.
This year’s list of speakers included Romanian Ambassador to Argentina S.E. Carmen Podgorean; National Secretary of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism Claudio Avruj; Director of the Hannah Arendt Observatory in Venezuela, Alejandro Oropeza; Deputy Secretary of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism for the City of Buenos Aires Pamela Malewicz; City of Buenos Aires legislator Lía Rueda; CADAL President Gabriel C. Salvia; Electoral Transparency Director Leandro Querido; Special Representative for Social Integration and Participation (REIPS) Fernando Lorenzo; and Chilean author and diplomat Jorge Edwards.
Diplomats Milan Frola (Czech Republic), Salvatore Napolitano (Italy), Keti Sabauri (Georgia), and David Izquierdo (Spain).
International politics analyst George Chaya and Vice-President of the Buenos Aires Holocaust Musuem Guillermo Yanco.
Benedikt Steinbach, Guadalupe Barrera, Verónica Fidalgo and Kristin Langguth from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation.
International interns and local volunteers at CADAL who helped organize the event: Eric Cuevas, Gretel Zeniquel, Bruno Zacconi, Ana Tavelli, Isabella Coppola, Natalia Ybañez and Valentina d’Andria.
David Izquierdo and María Gabriela Quinteros from the Ministry of Foreign Affair’s Office on Human Rights.
Milan Frola, Mercedes de la Torre and Gabriel Salvia.
The conference included an emotional homage to Cecilia de la Torre (1962-2016), one of the legislators that proposed the adoption of the City of Buenos Aires’ Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Totalitarianism.
A video titled “Solidarity with Current Victims of Human Rights Abuses” was screened, which included testimonies by Hassan Sheikh (Somalia), Kim Hyeong Soo and Eunkyoung Kwon (North Korea), Reem Khalifa (Bahrain), Alex Bialiatski (Belarus), María Mercedes Benítez González and Manuel Cuesta Morúa (Cuba), Anastasia Zotova (Russia), Farid Tukhbatullin (Turkmenistan), Antonio Karam (Tibet) and Radwan Ziadeh (Syria).
During the closing of the event, CADAL Secretary Bernabé García Hamilton awarded Chilean author and diplomat Jorge Edwards the Special Prize for Committed Diplomacy.
The conference was made possible by support from the Konrad Adenauer Foundation; the Swiss, Romanian and German embassies; the Delegation of Argentine Israeli Associations (DAIA); the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Civil Society Council; the City of Buenos Aires’ Office of Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism; Forum 2000; UN Watch; and Electoral Transparency.