From February 24 to February 27, we were hosting ‘The Hague Freedom Book Fair 2017’ at the Nutshuis, The Hague; with participation from publishers from different parts of the world. There were panel discussions on freedom of expression in Bangladesh, Somalia and Turkey, freedom of expression regarding LGBT movements in religious societies, and also on overall situation of freedom of expression around the world.
The Hague Peace Projects, Mukto-Mona and other international organizations hosted a book fair in February 2016 at Humanity House in The Hague titled ‘Bangladesh Alternative Book Fair’ in memory of Avijit Roy and other Bangladeshi writers and free thinkers who got killed in 2015 and in solidarity with the persecuted and exiled Bangladeshi writers who were unable to be present in the Ekushey Book Fair in Bangladesh. “The Hague Freedom Book Fair” was a continuation of that event.
||Discussion: Freedom of speech versus Hate Speech;||Featuring: Paul Cliteur (Leiden University), Leon Willems (Free Press Unlimited) and Marloes van Noorloos (Tilburg University).
|21-00-23:00h||Somali Poetry Night.||Featuring: speeches by Zaynab A J Dahir (author children books, educator), Abdirahman Mohammed Abtidoon (language expert and storyteller) and Music & Poetry by Susu Amina, Malique Mohamud, Qali Nur and many more!|
|14:00-17:00h||Discussion: Freedom of Expression in Turkey; Challenges for dialogue and peace.||Featuring: Hüda Kaya (parliamentarian, Turkey), Ragip Zarakolu (Nobel Prize nominee), Uğur Üngör (Utrecht Univ.) and Cihad Ebrari (human rights activist). Vardohi Balyan (journalist Agos), Marloes de Koning (journalist NRC)|
|19:00-21:00h||Discussion: Challenges of LGBT-Activism in Religious Societies||Featuring: a Bangladeshi LGBT activist, Marie Nagadye (LGBT activist from Uganda) and Dino Suhonic, (director of Maruf).|
|15:00-17:30h||Discussion & Documentary: Voices of Dissident in Bangladesh||Featuring: Bob Churchill (IHEU), Caroline Suransky (Humanistisch Verbond), Olof Blomqvist (Amnesty International)
Erin Kilbride (Front Line Defenders) & documentary: Victim Blaming (Frontline Defenders)
|18:30-20:30h||Discussion on Freedom of expression, Dialogue and conflict resolution in Bangladesh||Featuring: Bonya Ahmed (Mukto Mona), Sultana Kamal (lawyer and human rights activist, Nur Nobi Dulal (blogger and founder Istishon blog) and Nasrin Siraj Annie (Anthropologist, activist and film maker)