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The State of Human Rights – World Report 2019 Release

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What were the main human rights challenges and trends of 2018? How can we stop and prevent violations, hold perpetrators to account, and defend hard-fought progress on human rights? Who will defend human rights in 2019? Join us for a seminar on the state of human rights - and get a copy of the newly released Human Rights Watch World Report 2019. The seminar will feature presentations by:

  • Bitte Hammargren, Senior Associate Fellow at The Middle East and North Africa programme. Bitte Hammargren currently serves as an analyst on the Middle East for the Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI. She was previously the head of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Swedish Institute of International Affairs (UI) and the publisher of UI's online magazine for analysis and opinion. For twelve years, 2001-2012, Ms. Hammargren was the Turkey and Middle East correspondent for the Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet. She is the author of 'Gulfen', a book about the GCC states, with a special focus on Saudi Arabia. She received the Swedish Publishers’ Great Award (Publicistklubbens stora pris) in 2008, and the Royal Society in Uppsala of Human Sciences’ Award of Humanities (Arguspriset) in 2017.

  • Marcin de Kaminski, Director for Human Rights Defenders At Risk program at Civil Rights Defenders. Managing a team of experts, Marcin focuses on providing safety, security and innovation for targeted and vulnerable people and communities all over the world. Marcin has a background as an internet activist, sociologist and researcher. He has a specific expertise in the intersection of technology and human rights and was before joining Civil Rights Defenders the policy specialist for freedom of expression and ICT at the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, Sida.

  • Måns Molander, Sweden and Denmark Director at Human Rights Watch, with 17 years of experience in governmental affairs. Måns specializes in peace and security, EU affairs and human rights, and has held diplomatic postings at the Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations in Geneva and the Permanent Representation of Sweden to the Council of Europe in Strasbourg.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A. The seminar will be held in English and is free of charge. Registration is required. For more information, contact Måns Molander at or +46 (0)73 070 0848.

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