PACE President makes official visit to Iceland, joins with Utøya survivor at #NoHateNoFear event

Pedro Agramunt, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), is to make an official visit to Iceland on 26 and 27 September 2016.

In Reykjavik, he is due to meet the President of Iceland and the Speaker of the Althingi, the Icelandic Parliament, as well as the Foreign and Finance Ministers. Other meetings are foreseen with members of the Althingi’s Foreign Affairs Committee and the Icelandic delegation to PACE.

Earlier, on Monday 26 September, the President will take part in a meeting of PACE’s Political Affairs Committee, which will hear a welcome address from the Speaker and hold an exchange of views with the Foreign Minister (from 9.30 am).

Norwegian academic, activist, writer and filmmaker Bjorn Ihler, who survived the Utøya massacre, will speak of his experiences at a special hearing in the framework of PACE's #NoHateNoFear initiative (at around 10.30 am). This initiative, launched by the PACE President in June, encourages everybody to assert these twin messages in various ways as a response to recent terror and extremist attacks in Europe.

Mr Ihler, who was shot at by Anders Breivik as he swam from Utøya island, has subsequently become an activist and artist working to promote peace and human rights and counter violent extremism.

A separate #NoHateNoFear event is due to take place in Strasbourg in October with the participation of families of victims of the Paris attacks.

The meeting of the Political Affairs Committee takes place on Monday 26 September at the Harpa Conference Center (2 Austurbakki, 1010 Reykjavik). It is open to the press from 9.30am to around 11.30am for the opening session and #NoHateNoFear hearing.