Highway Liberty is hosting a human rights conference on January 16th, 2016 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in downtown Toronto titled “Ukraine’s Unnoticed Humanitarian Crisis: Impact and Solutions.” The conference will discuss the current status of internally displaced persons within Ukraine, the challenges they face, possible solutions and provide a forum for open dialogue on refugee politics in general.
We are pleased to inform that Charles Ham, Global Disaster Response Coordinator of HOPE worldwide, and Taras Kulish, the International Relations Officer of HOPE worldwide of Canada, will speak at the conference. They will speak about HOPE worldwide’s response in Canada, USA and Ukraine to the humanitarian crises in Ukraine and the Helping Hand Project.
Charles Ham, Global Disaster Response Coordinator of HOPE worldwide: “HOPE worldwide believes that the higher mission of every man is to assist those who are in need and to change their lives for better. With this mission we started our global response programs that have helped victims of natural disasters and humanitarian crises in many countries. By allocating important resources and funds to the “Helping Hand for Ukraine” project we strive to improve the living conditions and psychological outlook of the IDPs in Ukraine and to strengthen the chances of Ukrainian children to lead fulfilling lives”.
Taras Kulish, HOPE worldwide of Canada International Relations Officer; “The Helping Hand for Ukraine project is yet another amazing example of Canadian leadership in fruitful international cooperation between people from different countries. By participating in the 1st Highway Liberty Human Rights Conference and presenting the results in 2015 of the project and our plans for 2016, we will promote a unique program that helps children overcome the long term effects of post-traumatic stress disorders and contribute to the development of the volunteering movement and
Documentary: The Displaced – A Point of No Return
A new documentary film will be screened at the conference, “The Displaced: A Point of No Return.” The film explores the stories of internally displaced Ukrainians, in the aftermath of the annexation of Crimea, and the armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine. The Highway Liberty team traveled across Ukraine to interview more than 50 internally displaced persons (IDPs), who have fled from Donetsk, Luhansk, Ilovaisk, and Crimea. They also had a chance to interview various volunteer-based organizations, dedicated to helping the internally displaced to settle into their new lives.
A visual presentation of the book “The Airport” (on a 240-day defense of the Donetsk airport) written by Sergei Loyko, a reporter and photographer for the Los Angeles Times – will be included in the program. A book signing session will follow.
- Andriy Shevchenko, Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada
“New challenges for Ukraine: humanitarian dimension”
- Liudmyla Davydovych, Consul, Acting Consul General of the Consulate General of Ukraine in Toronto, will be the featured keynote speaker.
“The topic of damage to infrastructure and social cohesion”
- Michael Bociurkiw, A development expert, writer and a spokesperson/media section chief for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE)-Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine.
“Assurance of Displaced Persons’ Rights – from a legal standpoint”
- Lyudmyla Deshko, Vice-Dean for International Relations of Law Faculty at the Donetsk National University, the Associate Professor at the Constitutional and International Law Department and the Director of the International and European Law Centre.
“Integration, Social Adaptation and Protection of Internally Displaced Persons”
- Yaroslav Dimnych
Coordinator of Humanitarian Affairs; Humanitarian Affairs Officer; Regional Coordinator-The International Human Rights Commission (IHRC) in Lviv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil regions; President of International Committee for Aid to Ukraine.
The event will feature a silent auction for exclusive prints of Jamaican-Canadian artist Ato Seitu’s painting Crimean Nurse of the Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole, who cared for the British soldiers during the Crimean War. The prints are framed – 22 inches by 33.5 inches in size – with the bids starting at $750. The highest bidder will receive print #1, with a certificate of authenticity. Proceeds from the auction will be collected and used by HOPE worldwide.
Saturday, January 16, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 8:00 PM (EST)
WHERE: Ritz-Carlton, Toronto – 181 Wellington Street West Toronto
Tickets are tax deductable and a tax receipt will be issued by HOPE worldwide of Canada
Price: $65.00 for Adults and $50.00 Students
or call: 1-866-999-0633
For further details contact Taras Kulish at Taras.Kulish@hopewwcananda.org
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