On Thursday September 29, 2011, the UN Human Rights Council adopted by consensus a decision to arrange a panel discussion on freedom of expression on the Internet at its next session in March 2012. The decision was adopted on the initiative of Sweden, with the support of over fifty states from throughout the world. This will be the first time that the Council discusses the issue of freedom of expression on the Internet. “This is a major success for Sweden, which has pushed for the human rights issue to apply online as well as offline”, says Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs. (more…)

In Thursday, the UN Human Rights Council adopted by consensus a decision to arrange a panel discussion on freedom of expression on the Internet at its next session in March 2012. The decision was adopted on the initiative of Sweden, with the support of over fifty states from throughout the world. This will be the first time that the Council discusses the issue of freedom of expression on the Internet.

“This is a major success for Sweden, which has pushed for the human rights issue to apply online as well as offline”, says Carl Bildt, Minister for Foreign Affairs. (more…)

The New York based Chinese TV-station NTDT broadcasted from the Book Fair in Gothenburg last week. In this clip, a dialogue in the JHS stand is shown, as well as an interview with Walburga Habsburg Douglas, MP and member of the JHS’ board.

Week 40, September 20-26

September 26th, 2011   Theme: Belarus

The investigator of the Financial Investigation Department of the State Control Committee dismisses a request sent by Ales Bialiatski’s wife, appealing for a meeting after not being allowed to meet husband since August 5 The Lithuanian authorities express their intention to add 18 more Belarusian officials to those banned from entering Lithuania (more…)

September 19-23, a delegation from the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ghana visited Stockholm. The delegation consisted of ten politically active women from the NPP, the Foundation’s cooperation partner in Ghana, who will be running for parliament in the 2012 election.

During the visit the delegation met with a number of Swedish politicians, among them Members of Parliament Cecilia Brinck, Cecilia Widegren and Walburga Habsburg Douglas, who in addition is Chairman of the International Women’s Democrat Union (IWDU) and Board Member of the Jarl Hjalmarson Foundation, Sofia Arkelsten, Secretary General of the Moderate Party, Eva Solberg, Chair of the Stockholm Moderate Women, Kristoffer Tamsons, Chief of Planning at the Prime Minister’s Office, and Gunnar Oom, State Secretary to the Minister for Trade. Hedvig Anderson, head of Communication at the Moderate Party, also met with them to share her experiences from the party’s successful election campaign in 2010. Furthermore, the program included study visits to an elementary school in Solna and to several social work organizations. The New Patriotic Party is the second largest political party in Ghana and is currently in opposition. The NPP holds 107 of 230 seats in Parliament.

On the third day of the Book Fair, JHS focused on Belarus and Internet Freedom.

In a seminar in the morning, Andrey Dmitriev, member of the opposition in Belarus, and Brit Stakston, expert on social media, discussed under lead of Cecilia Brinck, Member of the Swedsih Parliament. (more…)

Apart from the seminars, the Hjalmarson Foundation also arranges casual discussions in the JHS Stand.

Walburga Habsburg Douglas, MP, talked about the past and current situation in the Balkans, and made som wishes for the future of the Balkan countries. Habsburg Douglas is the author of the preface of the book “Balkan Blend”, published by JHS. (more…)

The theme for JHS’ activities at the Book Fair in Gothenburg is how new media can be a part of the changing of a society.

At the first day of the fair, a seminar was held on the stage of the International Square. Javeria Rizvi Kabani, project manager at the Swedish Institute and Erik Benngtzboe, chairman of the Young Conservatives, discussed the current situation in the Middle East. (more…)

The Center for European Policy Analysis (CEPA) and Freedom House have presented a groundbreaking report: “Democratic Change in Belarus – A Framework for Action”. The document is based on the findings and researches of the Belarus Working Group by gathering the leading scholars, analysts, practitioners, and issue experts identifying sustainable and impactful Western strategies for supporting Belarusian civil society and dealing with “Europe’s last dictatorship.”

 The ongoing political repressions and violations against human rights in Belarus has intensified the attention of the U. S. and the European Union to “Europe’s last dictatorship.” (more…)

Week 39, September 13-19

September 19th, 2011   Theme: Belarus

The authorities offer three political prisoners to apply to President Lukashenka for pardon and, as a result, to be released from prison. The government releases 11 more political prisoners. (more…)