Freedom, solidarity and social rights
Venue Afternoon: RLF, Ave. Michel-Ange 11, 1000 Brüssel
Venue Evening: Palais des Académies, Espace Baudouin, Rue Ducale 1, 1000 Brussels
Introduction by Ms. Birgit Daiber, Mr. Lothar Bisky, Mr. Heinz Vietze, Mr. Helmuth Markov and Mr. Ruurik Holm
Music by Ms. Barbara Thalheim and Mr. Jean Pacalet
Reading by Mr. Jan Bergrath
Lecture by Mr. Friedrich Schorlemmer
Panel Discussion with Mr. André Brie and Mr. Friedrich Schorlemmer
Opening of the Brussels Office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and Conference on the sixtieth anniversary of the UN Declaration of Human Rights: “Freedom, Solidarity and Social Justice”, December 10, 2008, in Brussels.
Some 300 invited guests from EU institutions and from associations and organisations of civil society, and international guests from Israel, South Africa and Eastern Europe, will hear a speech by theologian Friedrich Schorlemmer, peace prize-winner and a leading figure of the peaceful revolution of 1989, on the history and topicality of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Following this speech, Left Party MEP André Brie will moderate a debate on the lessons of the current crisis of capitalism and the need for a fundamentally new course for a social and democratic Europe, with Birgit Mahnkopf, Professor for European Social Policy at the Berlin College of Economics) and Norwegian trade unionist Asbjörn Wahl.
The cultural programme includes German and French songs by Barbara Thalheim and Jean Pacalet as well as a reading by Jan Bergrath, from his new European crime thriller Fatal Energy.
The Brussels office of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation has taken up the task of playing a part in the reformulation of the concept of Europe after the collapse of turbo-capitalism. The central issues are social justice, economic democracy, civil strategies for peace and security policy, and the fulfilment of participatory democracy in all areas of society. In cooperation with the offices and partners of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation in other regions of the world, the Brussels office will at the same time carry specific issues around the development of a just international society into the European debate.
People are Central - Lecture by F. Schorlemmer