6th June 2022, 10am – 1pm and 3pm – 6pm
At Musei di San Salvatore in Lauro
Piazza di S. Salvatore in Lauro 15, Rome

“The right to know in the face of violence”

The Global Committee for the Rule of Law “Marco Pannella” is organising a public Assembly to discuss the war waged by the Russian Federation against Ukraine and its destabilising borderless effects linked to the widespread use of fake news. The meeting is intended to provide a response based on universal principles of democracy and human rights. When information is prey to violent and obscurantist forces, it is crucial to make a clear distinction between propaganda and international crime, between disinformation and information, between the right to free expression, the right to know and the duty to use correct information.

Following the adoption of the Report on the “Right to Know” by the plenary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in June 2021, the objective of the meeting is to launch a fresh initiative to put in place measures in support of the Right to Know by national parliaments and international institutions, including the United Nations, in order to enable citizens to enjoy their inalienable rights.

During the assembly, the trailer of the documentary “A subito”, by Simona Ventura, on the last 100 days of Marco Pannella, will be screened. It will also be an opportunity to present the new online media outlet “The Global News”, directed by Giovanni Terzi in partnership with the Global Committee for the Rule of Law.

Founded in March 2016 to tackle a growing erosion of the rule of law and the advance of authoritarian forms of government across the world, the Global Committee works for the protection and promotion of human rights by putting at the core of its action the Right to Know. The aim is to aid the understanding of events that shape the life of democratic States and their citizens. Over the years, the Global Committee and its Honorary Members have made efforts to bring about the conditions where citizens can develop a democratic culture in order to make sense of the major issues in a constant flow of information provided by countless sources.

Two years of pandemic and two and a half months of war should be a reminder that the first casualty of such tragedies is the truth, and so the individual and collective right to know. In a world where knowledge was not denied and hindered, there would be room for more rule of law, more freedom.



First session

 Giulio Terzi di Sant’Agata, President of the Global Committee for the Rule of Law “Marco Pannella” (GCRL), former Minister of Foreign Affairs; Reasons and objectives of the GCRL from 2016 to today

Ezechia Paolo Reale, President of the GCRL Scientific Committee; Secretary of Siracusa International Institute; The Right to Know as a new generation human right

Riccardo Lin, Vice Representative of Taipei in Italy

Adolfo Urso, Senator, President of Copasir

Valeria Fedeli, Senator, former Minister of Education

Gennaro Migliore, MP

Gianni Letta, former Undersecretary of State to the Council of Ministers

Bakhtiar Amin, former Minister for Human Rights, Iraq

Andrea Romano, MP

Armando Armas, MP in exile, former President of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, Venezuela

Norman Baker, former Deputy Home Secretary, United Kingdom

André Gattolin, Senator, France

Paul Strauss, Senator, Washington D.C., United States

Sam Rainsy, Cambodian opposition leader in exile

Ingrid Betancourt, former Colombian Senator (video)

Federica Dieni, MP, Vice President of Copasir

Mario Furore, MEP

Simone Billi, MP

Coordinator: Matteo Angioli, Secretary General of the GCRL


Presentation of the online newspaper “The Global News”
with Giovanni Terzi

Screening of the trailer for the documentary “A subito”
with Simona Ventura

1 pm
Lunch break

3 pm
Second session

Maria Stella Gelmini, Minister of Regional Affairs and Autonomies

Andrea Orlando, Minister of Labor and Social Policies

Roberto Rampi, Senator, General Rapporteur on the Right to Know at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE); The Report on the Right to Know at PACE

Claudio Radaelli, Member of the GCRL Scientific Committee

Rita Bernardini, President of Hands Off Cain

Sergio D’Elia, Secretary of Hands Off Cain

Giuseppe Benedetto, President of the Luigi Einaudi Foundation

Gaetano Armao, Vice President of the Sicilian Region (video)

Fiamma Nirenstein, Journalist (video)

Giuseppe Giulietti, President of FNSI (video)

Paolo Borrometi, Deputy Director of AGI (video)

Round table with GCRL Honorary Members

Conclusions and adoption of the appeal for the Right to Know

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