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About the Event
Lasting peace in Ukraine will require justice and accountability. How can the world break the cycle of state repression, violence, and impunity that enabled Russia and its ally, Belarus, to launch their criminal war of aggression against Ukraine?
The National Endowment for Democracy, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureates hosted a conversation about human rights, historical memory, and accountability. This event featured leaders from the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties and Russian human rights organization Memorial, as well as a representative of jailed Belarusian activist and Ales Bialiatski, director of the human rights organization Viasna. This event was organized in partnership with eQualitie, a Canadian digital security organization focused on promoting free speech and human rights. The conversation was moderated by CNN’s Bianna Golodryga.
About the Speakers
Oleksandra Matviichuk directs the Center for Civil Liberties, a Ukrainian human rights organization founded in 2007 to advance democracy in Ukraine. The organization has documented Russia’s crimes against Ukrainian civilians since 2014.
Kanstantsin Staradubets is a Belarusian human rights activist and coordinator of the Viasna Human Rights Center. He will represent Ales Bialiatski, currently imprisoned by the Lukashenko regime. Bialiatski has been a pillar of the Belarusian pro-democracy and human rights movement since the late 1980s and founded Viasna in 1997.
Aleksandr Cherkasov is chair of the Russian human rights center Memorial, founded in 1987 to collect information on victims of the Soviet regime and to document human rights violations in contemporary Russia. The organization was banned in Russia in 2021.
Bianna Golodryga (moderator) is a senior global affairs analyst and fill-in anchor for CNN based in New York.
Dan Baer (opening remarks) is senior vice president for policy research and director of the Europe Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
Damon Wilson (opening remarks) is president and chief executive officer of the National Endowment for Democracy. Prior to joining NED, Mr. Wilson served as executive vice president at the Atlantic Council, as special assistant to the president and senior director for European affairs at the National Security Council (NSC), as executive secretary and chief of staff at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and as deputy director in the private office of the NATO Secretary General. Mr. Wilson began his career with Save the Children in Rwanda. He is a graduate of Duke University and Princeton’s School of Public and International Affairs.