Watch our panel discussion on mobilising a mass movement against war in Ukraine, co-hosted by European Alternatives. See the full text of some of the speeches below.
There is a new threat of war in Europe.
An international civil society response, opposing militarism and authoritarianism and supporting peace and human rights, is urgently needed.
This important event draws together Ukrainian and Russian civil society activists, as part of a new international push for citizens-led dialogue and solidarity across borders.
Such international dialogue should include the three key pillars that defined the Helsinki agreements of 1975:
(1) security, disarmament and territorial integrity;
(2) economic, social, health and environmental co-operation; and
(3) human rights and the rule of law.
This event opens a discussion on how to take forward this international peace building.
• Dmitri Makarov is the co-chair of the Moscow Helsinki Group, one of the most longstanding civic organisations in Russia, and a prominent human rights defender.
• Oleksandra Matviychuk is a human rights lawyer and civil society activist based in Kyiv where she heads the Centre for Civil Liberties. She was the winner of the 2016 OSCE “Democracy Defender” award.
• Mary Kaldor is Emeritus Professor of Global Governance at the London School of Economics. She was a co-founder of the Helsinki Citizens Assembly in 1990 and previously a leading figure with European Nuclear Disarmament.
• Paul Mason is a journalist and author. His latest book is How to Stop Fascism: History, Ideology, Resistance (Penguin 2021).
• Alvaro Vasconcelos, Founder of Forum Demos , former Director of the European Union Institute for Security Studies ( EUISS).
• Yuliya Yurchenko, senior lecturer in Political Economy at Greenwich University and Ukraine Solidarity Campaign. She is author of Ukraine and The Empire of Capital: from Marketisation to Armed Conflict (Pluto, 2018).
This event is a joint initiative between Another Europe Is Possible and European Alternatives.
25th January 2022