2 June 2014
Berlin – ESI conference – debate on campaign "For a Europe without political prisoners"
Michael McNamara – Khadija Ismayilova – Gerald Knaus – Bill Browder – Christoph Strässer
Michael McNamara – Khadija Ismayilova – Gerald Knaus – Bill Browder – Christoph Strässer

The European Stability Initiative and Christoph Strässer, Federal Commissioner for Human Rights of the German government, invited senior European policy makers, parliamentarians, and human rights activists to discuss what different institutions – the Council of Europe, the European Union and international human rights organisations – must do to realise the vision of a Europe without political prisoners in the near future.

The conference opened on Monday June 2, with a panel on "A Europe with-out political prisoners – how to get there?"

On Tuesday June 3, the conference continued with three closed sessions: "Member states of the Council of Europe and the European Union and political prisoners – what can they do?," "The institutions of the Council of Europe and the European Union and political prisoners – what can they do?," and "The public and the role of civil society – how to be less reactive and more effective?" at the Swedish embassy in Berlin.

Full video of the conference and individual clips

Gerald Knaus: Political prisoners in Europe - what is to be done?
Emin Milli (Meydan TV in Berlin)
Khadija Ismayilova (investigative journalist in Baku)
Bill Browder (initiator of Justice for Sergey Magnitsky Campaign)
Christoph Strässer
Christoph Strässer
Gerald Knaus
Gerald Knaus
Turgut Gambar – Emin Milli – Yana Zabanova
Turgut Gambar – Emin Milli – Yana Zabanova
Dmitri Makarov – Ben Judah
Dmitri Makarov – Ben Judah
Khadija Ismayilova – Gerald Knaus – Bill Browder
Khadija Ismayilova – Gerald Knaus – Bill Browder
Khadija Ismayilova
Khadija Ismayilova
Christoph Strässer
Christoph Strässer
Gerald Knaus – Bill Browder – Christoph Strässer
Gerald Knaus – Bill Browder – Christoph Strässer
Audience
Audience
Brainstorming group
Brainstorming group
Brainstorming group
Brainstorming group
Brainstorming group
Brainstorming group
Markus Löning – Iva Dobichina
Markus Löning – Iva Dobichina
Turgut Gambar
Turgut Gambar
Khadija Ismayilova
Khadija Ismayilova
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Alan Grant is an Irish photographer who travelled extensively in the Balkans and other countries and regions of the world. Thanks to him, ESI is able to show fascinating pictures of the Balkans: the facades of Tirana, the painted mosques of Travnik, the fabulous old houses of Plovdiv and the spectacular blue of water - dark in the Bay of Kotor, emerald in the river valleys of Bosnia, deep blue in Ohrid, twinkling in the Aegean Sea and on the Bosporus.

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