Writers and artists from Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Sudan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Vietnam, Egypt, Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Turkey and Libya join panel discussions, workshops, artistic performances and much more, when ICORN convenes its 9th General Assembly in Malmö 2-4 May 2018.
ICORN convenes its 9th General Assembly in Malmö 2-4 May 2018, where writers and artists from Zimbabwe, Bahrain, Sudan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Egypt, Afghanistan, Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Turkey and Libya join in panel discussions, workshops, artistic performances and much more about the conditions of freedom of expression. They are safe in their ICORN cities, but not silent, addressing 250 ICORN colleagues in Malmö; city delegates, writers, artists, experts, partners and supporters from around the world.
The ICORN assembly marks and celebrates the 70 years anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Playwright and activist Mike van Graan holds the keynote titled: Human Rights in a globalized world: Who’s human? Who’s right?, while both the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights defenders will address the assembly.
Under the title No one is illegal! Freedom of movement as an irrefutable human right, Mayor of Palermo Leoluca Orlando addresses the assembly, and is joined by his mayoral colleagues from Gdansk and Bristol in a panel discussion on how cities can make a difference for human rights, solidarity and hospitality. GA participants will furthermore participate in a wide range of discussions and workshops on topics such as Mechanisms of Oppression, Cartoons - for better or for worse, Safety Networks, Gender Equality, Women’s human rights and LGBTIQ, and country specific panels on Syria and Afghanistan.
The first external evaluation of the organisation will be presented and discussed during the assembly in Malmö, and the city delegates will discuss and decide upon the new ICORN Strategic Plan 2018-2022. Furthermore, the assembly participants will involve with the people in Malmö during open concerts, exhibitions, theatre performance and literary programmes