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Hernan Alberro, CADAL Programs Director, attended to the Forum 2000 “societies in transition” held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 14 to 17 September. The Forum 2000 drew some 4000 people and more than 10 delegates and it has among its participants three Nobel Peace Prize: The Dalai Lama, Frederik Willem de Klerk and Aung San Suu Kyi. Hernán Alberro took his trip through Prague to meet with menbers of Czech civil society and to talk about the future of the activities of Instituto Vaclav Havel, which CADAL recently created in its program Democratic Bridge.
The Forum began with a public conversation by His Holiness Dalai Lama in Tipsport Arena, before a stadium filled and the opening creremony was conducted by the Nobel Prize and Burma´s, Aung San Suu Kyi. In both exhibitions the figure of the founder of Forum 2000, Vaclav Havel was very present as someone remembered as a great fighter for the freedom and fundamental rights.
Alberro was a speaker at the breaksfast meeting “the challenges of democracy in Latin America”, sharing the panel with Leopoldo López, National Coordinator of Voluntad Popular (Venezuela); Yoani Sanchez, Blogger and activist; Carlos García Pérez (Moderator), Radio and TV Martí director; and Dagoberto Valdes Hernandez, founder and editor of Convivencia (Cuba). The breaksfast was held at Intercontinental Hotel as part of the additional activities of Forum 2000 and only for special guests.
Later, CADAL Programs Director was responsible of moderating the roundtable“Cuba, Venezuela, What does the future hold?”. The participants of the roundtable were: Dagoberto Valdes Hernandez, founder of Convivencia (Cuba); Tamara Suju, Human Rights Lawyer (Venezuela); Yoani Sanchez, Blogger and activist (Cuba); and Leopoldo López, National Coordinator of Voluntad Popular (Venezuela). The roundtable was sponsored by People In Need and it was held in the European House of Prague. In the crowded auditorium were former embassadors, journalists and members of civil society and also, youth and students interested in Latin America.
Hernan Alberro showed the brochure Vaclav Havel to former Czech president´s brother, the philosopher Ivan Havel, who was very grateful and interested in the initiative of Institute Vaclav Havel
Hernam Alberro, next to the Vaclav Havel library director, Marta Smolíková, who talked about the future of the Vaclav Institute and the possibilities of coopertion.
At the gala dinner, which has as a center presentation, a dissertation of Yoani Sanchez, CADAL Programs Director talked to Ivan Pilip, Jan Bubenik, Jan Ruml (all of them participated actively in Czech pro-democracy movements before the fall of the Berlin Wall and then, they developed several positions in the democratic period) and Dagoberto Valdés.
Next to Frederik Willem de Klerk, Nobel Peace Prize and former President of South Africa.
Hernán Alberro, also talked to Chinese dissident, nowadays exiled in United States, who partipated in the Tiananmen Square, Yang Jianli, current president of Initiatives for China.