‘It is absolutely imperative that every human being’s freedom and human rights are respected, all over the world.’
Dublin Arts and Human Rights Festival
Date and Time: Wednesday 21 October, 2020, 7.30-8.30pm
Platform: Zoom Webinar hosted by Amnesty International
Category: Online Interview with Polish LGBTI+ activist
Tickets: Open to the public
Moderator: Colm O’Gorman
Artists and Guest Speakers: Miko Czerwinski
For our next Fáilte Amnesty event, we turn our attention to Poland, where hate fuelled laws and propaganda against LGBTI people continue to lead to violence, harassment and intimidation.
The President who campaigned against LGBTI ‘ideology’ to win the election has been sworn in for another five years, and now peaceful acts of creative expression are being criminalised. It’s hard to look on at what’s going on, and not want to help.
Amnesty International Ireland Executive Director Colm O’Gorman will be joined by Miko Czerwinski, who is an LGBTI activist at the frontline working with Amnesty in Poland. We are delighted to partner with the Dublin Human Rights and Arts Festival to bring you this event where we will explore how we can use hope courage and resilience to support LGBTI people in Poland – We’re not equal until we’re all equal.
Colm O’Gorman is Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland. He is the founder and former Director of One in Four, the national NGO that supports women and men who have experienced sexual violence. Colm has campaigned extensively at both the national and global level for justice and accountability for victims of sexual violence, and personally initiated ground-breaking litigation on the issue.
Colm has also served as a member of Seanad Éireann, and is an author and regular media commentator on social justice and human rights issues.
Miko Czerwinski is Equal Treatment Coordinator at Amnesty International Poland, alongside being freedom of assembly observer and human rights educator. He has been involved in LGBTI activism over the last 8 years and is a board member of Queer May Association, an NGO responsible for Equality March in Krakow and Queer May Festival, as well as Równość.org.pl Foundation focusing on empowering LGBTI community in smaller cities in Southern Poland. Previously working on development projects in Eastern Africa in collaboration with e.g. UN-HABITAT and cultural events in London.