Brussels Process

International Conference for Free Speech & Human Rights

Sponsored by International Civil Liberties Alliance

On 9 July 2012, at the European Parliament in Brussels, writers and representatives of human rights and civil liberties groups from eighteen countries held the first International Conference for Free Speech and Human Rights, sponsored by the International Civil Liberties Alliance.  The countries represented were:

Austria
Belgium
Canada
Denmark
Egypt
Finland
France
Germany
Ireland
Italy
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syria
UK
USA

The highlights of the conference were the presentation and signing of the 2012 Brussels Declaration, a foundational document to defend freedom of speech, civil liberties and human rights, and the presentation of the Defender of Freedom Award by Canadian humourist Mark Steyn to Lars Hedegaard, founder of the Danish Free Press Society and the International Free Press Society.

Agenda

Speaker Biographies

2012 Brussels Declaration

Defender of Freedom Award

Proceedings

Press Release

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AGENDA

9:00 ICLA staff Registration

9:30 ICLA staff Morning coffee

10:00 Philip Claeys and Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff — Opening remarks

10:15 Alain Wagner — ICLA relaunched- Introductory speech – english text

10:30 Hans Jansen — Keynote speech:  The origins of Sharia – Dutch textEnglish text and video -

11:00 Père Samuel — Vidéo françaiseenglish video

11:15 Nidra Poller Jihad –- the effort to enforce Sharia – english video

11:30 Alexandre Del Valle — The dangers of the Istanbul Process – english textenglish video – vidéo française – texte français

11:45 Mini-break

12:00 Sabatina James– The trouble of being an apostate

12:15 Sam van Rooy — Islam versus free speech

12:30 Pierre Cassen — Islamists & leftists & OIC united against free speech – english textenglish videovidéo française  –

12:45 Stephen Lennon — “You Can’t Hide the Truth” — english text and video

 

13:00 Lunch break

 

14:00 Mark Steyn — Defender of Freedom Award presented to Lars Hedegaard

14:15 Lars Hedegaard — Acceptance speech – english video

14:45 Ingrid Carlqvist — The need for Free Press in Sweden – english video

15:00 Ned May — Free speech after Breivik – english text

15:15 Magdi Allam — Securing freedom of religion – english video

15:30 Gavin ‘Lawman’ Boby — The Law and Freedom Initiative – english video

15:45 Mini-break

16:00 Short presentations

Conny Axel Meier — english textenglish video

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff — The Death Throes of Free Speech in Europe – english textenglish video

Christian Jung — Politically correct harrassment – english video

George Igler — english video-

Peter Strüning — islamophobia –  english video

17:00 Alain Wagner — The ”Brussels Declaration” and its implications – french videoenglish introduction text and video

17:20 Panel of speakers — Q&A session, discussion- english video

18:00 ICLA staff