13 May 2014
Oslo Safeguarding international institutions against authoritarian abuse
Gerald Knaus shares the story of how the government of Azerbaijan has captured the Council of Europe.

ESI's Gerald Knaus was in Oslo taking the campaign for Council of Europe reform and for a "Europe without political prisoners" to Scandinavia. He spoke at a panel organised by the Norwegian Helsinki Committee on "Safeguarding international institutions against authoritarian abuse".


Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee


"My struggle to get off the Interpol arrest order list", Bill Browder, Head of the Justice for Sergei Magnitsky Campaign


Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Aljokhina of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot/Zona Prava ("Law Zone").


"The case of Council of Europe and other European institutions", Gerald Knaus, Chairman, European Stability Initiative (ESI)


"The case of INTERPOL", Jago Russell, Chief Executive, Fair Trials International


"Traditional values" as a way of undermining respect for human rights: The case of the UN Human Rights Council, Gunnar M. Ekeløve-Slydal, Deputy Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee


Panel discussion: Ways to safeguard the institutions. In addition to the speakers, we will hear comments from Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, founding co-editor of the Journal of Democracy.

Gerald Knaus (right)
Gerald Knaus (right)
View of the audience
View of the audience
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Aljokhina (Pussy Riot)
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Aljokhina (Pussy Riot)
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