About the event

30 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, the quest for universal human rights is more important than ever. Yet, the trajectory in which Eastern Partnership countries are developing is anything but certain. How can civil society push back against illiberal tendencies and reshape the democracies of Eastern Partnership?


  • Adam Bodnar, Former Polish Ombudsman, Professor & Dean of the Faculty of Law at SWPS University, Warsaw
  • Arpy Manusyan, President of Socioscope, member organisation of Human Rights House Yerevan
  • Oleksandra Matviychuk, Head of Center for Civil Liberties
  • Baia Pataraia, Director of საფარი/Sapari & Chairperson of Human Rights House Tbilisi
  • Olga Skrypnyk, Head of Crimean Human Rights Group, member organisation of Human Rights House Crimea
  • Rostislav Valvoda, Executive Director, Prague Civil Society Centre
  • Moderated by Natalia Antelava, Editor in chief, Coda Story
  • Hosted by Kety Abashidze, Senior Human Rights Officer, Human Rights House Foundation