Villa Decius Debate Series

On December 10, there was a panel discussion:


“A Power for Good: The Role of International Solidarity in Tackling Human Rights Abuses”.


Laureates of this year’s Polish Prize of Sérgio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2002-2003), and other practitioners in human rights, diplomacy and democracy promotion will assess the potential and limitations of international solidarity and tools of diplomacy in the current context of the police clampdown against peaceful protesters in Belarus. They will also examine the scope for countering threats to human rights in Crimea, Eastern Ukraine and Nagorno-Karabakh.


“A Power for Good” is the inaugural Debate in the Villa Decius Debate Series, a dialogue initiative of Villa Decius Association in co-operation with New Diplomacy.



  • Ales Bialatski, President, Human Rights Centre “Viasna” (“Spring”), Belarus
  • Anna Sevortian, Executive Director, EU-Russia Civil Society Forum
  • Jan Piekło, President of the Board of Villa Decius Association/former Ambassador of Poland to Ukraine


Moderator: Jeff Lovitt, Chair, New Diplomacy


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We invite you to view the summary of the 17th edition of the Sergio Vieria de Mello on our Facebook:




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