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Panel discussion on protection of civil society space - 21st Meeting, 25th Regular Session Human Rights Council
11 Mar 2014 -  ** In line with established practice the interactive debate and its webcast are made accessible to persons with disabilities through captioning and sign language interpretation in international sign. In case of any inconsistency between the spoken intervention in the original language and the sign language interpretation or captioning, the text of the original spoken intervention prevails.

Panel discussion on the importance of the promotion and protection of civil society space
Chair: H.E. Mr. Baudelaire Ndong Ella, President of the Human Rights Council
Video message: Mr. Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Opening remarks: Ms. Flavia Pansieri, Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights
Moderator: Ms. Hina Jilani, prominent human rights lawyer and pro-democracy campaigner
Panellists:
• Ms. Safak Pavey, Member of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
• Mr. Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
• Ms. Deeyah Khan, film, music and arts producer
• Mr. Mokhtar Trifi, Honorary President, Tunisian League for Human Rights

SPEAKERS
Pakistan (on behalf of OIC), Ms. Saime Salem
Ethiopia (on behalf of African Group), Mr. Minelik Alemu Getahun
India (on behalf of LMG), Ms. Gloria Gangte
European Union, Ms. Nicole Reckinger
Yemen (on behalf of Arab Group), Mr. Mohamed Al-Foqumi
Norway (on behalf of Nordic countries), Mr. Steffen Kongstad
Morocco, Mr. Said Ahouga
Algeria, Ms. Ms. Zahia Abed
China, Ms. Wang Yi
Czech Republic, Mr. Viktor Velek
Germany, Ms. Elisa Oezbek
UNAIDS, Ms. Susan Timberlake
International Disability Alliance, Ms. Patricia Almeida
International Service for Human Rights, Mr. Ben Leather
Chile, Mr. José Luis Balmaceda
Uruguay, Ms. Daniela Pi
Indonesia, Ms. Mariska Dhanutirto
Portugal, Ms. Manuela Teixeira
Poland, Mr. Jerzy Baurski
Tunisia, Mr. Abdelrazak Kilani
Republic of Korea, Mr. Ye Se-min
Thailand, Ms. Piyaporn Putanapan
Japan, Mr. Takeshi Okada
Colombia, Mr. Carlos Enrique Valencia Muñoz
Italy, Mr. Marco Lapadura
Switzerland, Mr. Alexandre Fasel
Ireland, Ms. Patricia O'Brien
ICC Representative (on behalf of Malaysian NHR Commission), Ms. Catharina Rose
CIVICUS, Mr. Renate Blum
International Federation for Human Rights Leagues, Ms. Julie Gromellon
Save the Children, Ms. Ulrika Cilliers
Angola, Mr. Carlos Dos Santos
Hungary, Mr. Andras Dekany
Ms. Hina Jilani, Moderator (Final Remarks)
Ms. Deeyah Khan, Music and Arts Producer (Final Remarks)
Mr. Frank La RuE, SR on the freedom of opinion and expressions (Final Remarks)
Mr. Mokhtar Trifi, Honorary President of Tunisian League for HR (Final Remarks)
Ms. Safak Pavey, Member of CRPD (Final Remarks)

- 21st Plenary Meeting 25th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.

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