Tribute to Václav Havel
At the second anniversary of the death of Václav Havel, Instituto Vaclav Havel from CADAL’s Puente Democratico Program organized at Centro Cultural Recoleta a tribute to former Czech President projecting the documentary “The power of the powerless”, about the inspiring story of Velvet Revolution of 1989.
Good Bye Lenin Program
Coinciding with the 24 years of the fall of the Berlin Wall, at the University of CEMA, the Institute Václav Havel organized a new edition of the program Good Bye Lenin. On this occasion, it was offered three classes conducted by the historian Ricardo López Göttig: the construction of socialism in Europe, Soviet expansion in the post-war period and the collapse of the real socialism; and finally the Professor Fernando Ruiz analysed the communication of dissent in dictatorships.
Venezuela, a neo-dictatorship with democratic facade?
With the participation of María Corina Machado (Independent Deputy, Miranda), Freddy Guevara (Member of Metropolitan Chamber of Caracas), Tomás Guanipa (Deputy Primero Justicia, Zulia), and Leomagno Flores (Deputy Acción Democrática, Tachira) as guest speakers, CADAL organized a conference at its headquarters to analyze the political situation of Venezuela.
Presentation of Diálogo Latino Cubano
With the participation of historian and political scientist Fernando Pedrosa and the Literature Teacher Rubén Chababo, two of the authors who collaborated in the edition number 2 of Diálogo Latino Cubano, the publication was presented in the headquarters of CADAL. The meeting started with a message in video from Manuel Cuesta Morua, historian, political scientist and essayist, spokesman of Partido Arco Progresista de Cuba (social democrat, he participates as invited figure of the Socialist International) and coordinator of Concertación Nuevo País. He has written several essays and handouts, which are published in many Cuban and foreign magazines, besides of participating in national and international events.
International Day in remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarianism
With the participation of political scientist Claudio Fantini, historian Ricardo López Göttig and journalist Daniel Muchnik, the Institute Vaclav Havel of CADAL organized at the Universidad del CEMA the Conference on the International Day in Remembrance of the Victims of Totalitarianism. This activity was sponsored by Club Político Argentino, Obvervatorio Hannah Arendt and the Czech Humanitarian Organization People in Need.
Tribute to Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas
To remember the first anniversary of the death of Oswaldo Payá Sardiñas, promoter of the Varela Project in Cuba and recipient of the Sajarov Award to Human Rights by the European Parliament, the Institute Václav Havel of CADAL, organized in the Legislature of the City of Buenos Aires a conference to honor him. The activity was sponsored by the Institute Lech Walesa (Poland), People in Need (Czech Republic), Christian Democrat International Center (Sweden), Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (Germany) and Latin American Network for Democracy in Cuba.
The book: «Diplomacy and Human Rights in Cuba» was presented in Montevideo
The presentation took place at the auditorium of Seminario Búsqueda, it was led by Gabriel A. Salvia, compiler of the book, and it included comments by journalist Tomás Linn and political scientist Romeo Pérez Antón.
International Relations and Human Rights: The European and Latin American vision
On occasion of the next VII Latin American and the Caribbean – European Union Summit that will take place in the city of Santiago de Chile on January 26 and 27, 2013 where 60 heads of state will be gathered, the Program Puente Democratico of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) offered a space where to identify the different approaches and levels of priority given to the agenda of international promotion and defense of human rights in foreign policy and civil society.
Photo Gallery «Citizen Havel»
On the occasion of the first anniversary of the death of Czech president, poet, essayist and play writer, Vaclav Havel Institute organized the photo gallery "Citizen Havel". The itinerary of the sample is presented in the headquarters of the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Buenos Aires, under the curatorship of Professor Gabriel Palumbo, as a photo essay that runs through various stages of the life of Vaclav Havel.
Václav Havel Institute launched
With the participation of Petr Kopriva, Ambassador of Czech Republic in Argentina, the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) presented the Vaclav Havel Institute for international democratic solidarity at Centro Cultural Recoleta. On the birthday of Vaclav Havel the institute of Puente Democratico Program from CADAL that bares his name was launched with the aim of training the youth in the values of democracy, peace and international solidarity in defense of human rights.
Presentation in the European Parliament
The seminar “Diplomacy and Human Rights in Cuba – Is There a Connection?” was held in the headquarters of the European Parliament in Brussels, thanks to the organization of the Swedish Christian Democratic International Center, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation and the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL). The expositors were: Alf Svensson; retired Swedish diplomat Ingemar Cederberg; Frank Priess of the Konrad Adenauer Foundation; and the General Director of CADAL, Gabriel Salvia.
The Swedish Embassy in Chile and CADAL honored Ingemar Cederberg (read it in Spanish)
The opening of the event was in charge of Swedish Ambassador in Chile, Eva Zetterberg, who highlighted the recent words stated by Chancellor Carl Bildt, in his speech before the Swedish Parliament on Foreign Policy for the current year: “The necessity of democratic and economic reforms in Cuba is still huge. The support to democratic forces must be reinforced and the pressure on the regime must be maintained. It is unacceptable that freed political prisoners are sent to exile”.
Ibero American Democratic Forum 2010
The closure of the event was in charge of Eduardo Frei Ruiz Tagle, former President of Chile, and previously the speakers were journalist Claudio Paolillo, jurist Daniel Sabsay, politician and diplomat Ricardo Lafferriere, Dr. Hilda Molina and economist Ricardo López Murphy.
Hilda Molina in Montevideo
CADAL and Centro de Estudios Jean Francois Revel, sponsored by El País newspaper, organized at Teatro del Centro Carlos Eugenio Scheck, the book presentation of “Mi verdad: de la revolución cubana al desencanto”, with its author, Cuban neurosurgeon Hilda Molina. The book presentation was in charge of Dr. Julio Jaureguy, editorialist of El País, and the comments by political scientist Romeo Pérez Antón and philosopher Pablo da Silveira.
Media, politics and democracy
The conference "Media, politics and democracy" took place at the Auditorium of Universidad de Bologna in Buenos Aires, with a debate on the book "Political power and media. From political representation to reality show". The speakers were Bernardo Sorj, Hernán Galperín, Fernando Ruiz and Martín Becerra with José María Ghío moderating the debate. The activity was co-organized by Plataforma Democrática, CADAL, Universidad de Bologna and Universidad de San Andrés.
Inter-American Democratic Forum
Before the XL General Assembly of the OAS in Lima, Red Puente Democrático Latinoamericano formed by CADAL, organized at the Gau auditorium of the Peruvian Congress, the first edition of Inter-American Democratic Forum with speakers from Argentina, Brazil, Panama, Peru and Venezuela.
Steps towards democratic opening in Cuba
With the participation of Hilda Molina, Patricio Walker and Martín Borrelli, CADAL organized in Buenos Aires, the conference "Steps towards democratic opening in Cuba: freedom of expression and association". In this occassion the book "Antes que amanezca y otros relatos" was presented and the Red Puente Democratico Latinoamericano gave the 2010 Award to Democratic Opening in Cuba to Varela Project.
Jorge Batlle in Montevideo presented a book by Cuban independent journalist and former political prisoner
On the International Day of Freedom of Expression, CADAL organized in Montevideo the presentation of the book "Antes que amanezca y otros relatos" (Before daybreak and other stories), by Cuban independent journalist and former political prisoner Jorge Olivera Castillo. The presentation took place at Teatro del Centro "Carlos Eugenio Scheck" and was in charge of Dr. Jorge Batlle, former President of Uruguay (2000-2005).
A progressive view on the situation of human rights in Cuba
With ocassion of the 7th anniversary of the crackdown on disidentes known as "Cuban Black Spring", CADAL organized at the Embassy of Czech Republic in Buenos Aires, the conference "A progressive view on the situtation of human rights in Cuba" with the participation of jurist Daniel Sabsay and wellknown journalist Pepe Eliaschev, who both signed the Declaration "The exercise of righs is no crime" (in the picture with Graciela Fernández Meijide).
The state of democracy in Latin America
With guest speakers from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela, CADAL organized at the Auditorium Héctor Dieguez at Universidad Di Tella, the seminar "The State of Democracy in Latin America". The subjects analyzed where "Institutional quality, democratic governance and freedom of expression facing populism” and “Cuba and the matter of democracy in the 21st century".