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Prof. Slawomir Ratajski

Prof. Slawomir Ratajski, lecturer at the Faculty of  Art  Media of  Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, deals in his didactic work, i. a. with activities concerning creation of audiovisual art works. Since 2007 he has been the Secretary  General of the Polish National Commission for UNESCO. In 1997-1999 he was the Secretary of State at the Ministry of Culture and between 2001-2005 he was the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland to Argentina. While performing his duties, Prof. S. Ratajski promoted Polish music and culture.

Sara Whyatt

Sara Whyatt is a campaigner and researcher on freedom of expression and human rights, notably for PEN International for over 20 years (1990-2013), and previously for Amnesty International. At PEN she worked with its global membership of writers based in over 100 countries mobilising its campaigns for writers at risk as well as on thematic issues, gaining the organisation great respect in the field.  In April 2013 she left PEN to become a freelance consultant, working on projects for PEN, Freemuse, UNESCO, as well as other organisations.  With a special interest in Turkey developed during her years at PEN, Sara Whyatt has worked with NGOS in Turkey and outside, assisting in advocacy with the United Nations Council on Human Rights, and advising on promotion of artistic freedom. She has recently developed a tool kit for the Arts Rights Justice network of Culture Action Europe, and advised the Istanbul based arts rights group, Siyah Bant, on its own guide for artists at risk.

Sanar Yurdatapan

Well-known as a composer, lyrics writer, arranger and producer during the 1970s. In addition to his contribution to popular and traditional music, ?anar has written music for films and plays. He composed the music for the film “Arkadas” (Friend) which brought him the Golden Orange Award at the Antalya Film Festival.  In 1979, he became the General Secretary of the DEMAR (Democratic Artists Community).  Following the military coup of 1980, he left Turkey with his (ex-) wife Melike Demirag - a singer and film actress - and went to Germany where they were obliged to live in exile for over 11 years. The Turkish military regime stripped them of their citizenship in 1983. They were able to return to Turkey in December 1991. In 1992, their citizenship was restored. Sanar is the informal coordinator of the Freedom of Expression Initiative, which is a group of young people that work together with people prosecuted for exercising their right to freedom of expression. (www.antenna-tr.org). Yurdatapan has published 46 Freedom of Expression Booklets and 12 books (Annuals). He has also written 3 essays together with Islamic writer/journalist Abdurrahman Dilipak (Titled: The Green and the Red series.) He has also organized 10 high profile events called Gathering in Istanbul for Freedom of Expression between 1997 and 2016. Among many others, he was awarded by Human Rights Watch in 2002 (Global Human Rights Defender Award).