25th Anniversary Commemoration - Program

event - 1981 declaration


International Conference Commemorating 25th Anniversary of the Adoption of the 1981 United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Intolerance and Discrimination Based on Religion or Belief

25th November 2006
Palác Žofín, Slovanský ostrov 226, Prague 1

Morning Program

09.30 - 10.00Registration, Coffee and Introduction to Workshops

10.00 - 12.00Workshops in four parallel sessions

12.00 - 14.00Lunch Break

The workshops will allow the opportunity for participants from government, civil society and representatives of religions or beliefs with some expertise and/or working knowledge of the workshop theme to consider these topics with experts in the field. The four workshops are on thematic areas that are highly topical and that challenge the realisation of the Declaration in many parts of the world. These are as follows:

Afternoon Program

14.00 - 16.00 Speeches and Question and Answers

14.00 -14.10Welcome and introduction by Mr Karel Tesař, Tolerance 95

14.10 - 14.30Mr Bacre Ndiaye, representing the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Director of the Human Rights Procedures Division, OHCHR, Geneva

14.30 - 14.50Ms Felice Gaer, Chair, US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)

14.50 - 15.10Professor Theo van Boven, Professor Emeritus of International Law, Maastricht University

15.10 - 15.30 Mr Piet de Klerk, Netherlands Ambassador at Large for Human Rights

15.30 - 16.00 Question and Answer Session

Ceremonial Evening

Lord Mayor's Parlour

19.00 - 19.15Evening Opening by Dr. Nazila Ghanea and Mr. Roman Boháček

19.15 - 19.25Introductory Remarks by Mr. Jan Litomiský, Chair of the Czech Government Council on Human Rights

19.25 - 19.55Audiovisual presentation by award winning photographer Dr. Tom Fox

19.55 - 20.25Performance by the children's choir Bambini di Praga (Czech Republic)

20.25 - 20.40Announcement of 'Prague Declaration' by Mr Piet de Klerk, Netherlands Ambassador at Large for Human Rights

20.40 - 21.10Address by the UN Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Religion and Belief, Ms. Asma Jahangir

21.10 - 23.00 Hot Buffet Reception

Dr Tom Fox

Born of English parents in Kenya and lived in Tanzania and South Africa, before moving to England at the age of 14. Took up photography soon after moving to Norfolk to take up employment at the BBSRC Institute of Food Research in 1985. Tom's photography focussed largely on creating slide shows using multi-projection formats. In 1997 he joined the Royal Photographic Society and has won awards for his slide photography and audio-visual shows. His performances have included shows screened at the Global Forum Satellite Conference to the Rio Summit in Manchester, The Royal Norfolk Show and the BBSRC's Cell City show at the John Innes Centre in Norwich, Glastonbury in 2000, University of East Angliaąs public Christmas lecture, and the launch of the Inter Faith Forum in Birmingham. He has also written and produced shows incorporating live theatre with projection performed at the Playhouse in Norwich, Richmond Theatre and Hackney, London. He has been partially deaf since birth and relies on lip-reading.



Services provided by the following companies:

www.tolerance95.cz/1981Declaration Webmaster

Mr Michal Šafus
Mr František Zeman
Real Time Solutions
and Tolerance 95.

Translation Services
Mr Roman Boháček
and Tolerance 95.

Tolerance 95 Task Force
Jan Tabrizi,
Anna Leardi
Karel Tesař
Olya Tesařová Tarčynec