The Best of Human Rights Weekend @ De Balie

We selected our favourite programmes from earlier editions.

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Every February, De Balie and Human Rights Watch organise film festival Human Rights Weekend. Due to the pandemic, there will be a smaller online event from 12 – 14 February 2021 with film screenings and talks with filmmakers and experts.

Want to know more about the annual Human Rights Weekend? We have selected the best events from previous years for you to (re)watch from home. Find the full list below – Enjoy!

HRWeekend2014 | Pussy Riot

Visiting the Netherlands for the first time, Russian political music group Pussy Riot discussed their art activism during the Human Rights Weekend in 2014. Back then, they were just released from prison and toured the world sharing their story of oppression by the Russian government.

HRWeekend2020 | Human rights abuses in China and the Uyghur crisis

China is well known for its rapid economic growth, but the country also remains a one-party authoritarian state that systemically violates fundamental rights. Since President Xi Jinping assumed power in 2013, the government of China has arbitrarily detained and prosecuted hundreds of activists, human rights lawyers and defenders. With experts we discuss the ongoing human rights abuses in China, in particular the suppression of their Uyghur minority.

Opening HRWeekend 2019 | How are you indirectly involved in human rights violations elsewhere?

2019’s opening of the Human Rights Weekend invited you to reflect: what is your opinion on important human rights issues of our time. With Sigrid Kaag, HRW Netherlands director Katrien van der Linden and HRW executive Kenneth Roth.

HRWeekend 2019 | Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Human Rights

Artificial intelligence and big data have an extensive impact on our lives. While these technological advances also offer potential benefits to society, often driven by companies and governments, this rapidly expanding technology carries inherent risks to human rights. During the 2019 edition experts discussed various ways of how AI affects our society: surveillance and privacy; algorithms and discrimination; and the need for ethics, accountability and transparency.