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The Week Ahead: April 2-8

April 8: International Roma Day.
April 8: International Roma Day.
The Week Ahead is a detailed listing of key events of the coming week affecting RFE/RL's broadcast region.

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MONDAY, April 2:

Armenia/Russia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pays an official visit to Yerevan (to April 3).

Azerbaijan: Amnesty International launches a mass Twitter and Facebook campaign calling on the European Broadcasting Union -- organizers of Eurovision -- to do more to ensure the authorities in Azerbaijan respect human rights.

Belarus: IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano visits Minsk (to April 3).

Kazakhstan: A trial against 37 defendants accused of involvement in deadly unrest in Kazakhstan’s southwestern city of Zhanaozen continues in Aqtau.

Moldova/OSCE: OSCE Special Representative for Transdniestrian settlement process Erwan Fouere visits the region to hold meetings in Kyiv, Odesa, Tiraspol, and Chisinau (to April 5).

Moldova/PACE: President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) Jean-Claude Mignon makes an official visit to Moldova (to April 5).

Russia/U.S.: Russian National Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev visits Washington.

UN: New York hosts a high-level meeting on happiness and well-being.

World: World Autism Awareness Day.

TUESDAY, April 3:

Azerbaijan: The second session of the Euronest Parliamentary Assembly to be held in Baku (to April 4).

Kyrgyzstan/Mongolia: Mongolian President Tsakhiagiyn Elbegdorzh pays an official visit to Bishkek (to April 6).

Russia/Azerbaijan: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov pays an official visit to Baku (to April 4).

Ukraine: David Kramer, president of the Washington-based pro-democracy organization Freedom House, to visit Ukraine.

Ukraine/Azerbaijan: Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov visits Baku.

U.S./Azerbaijan: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell visits Baku.


Armenia: Lithuanian Foreign Minister Audronius Azubalis visits Yerevan (to April 5).

Kyrgyzstan/Russia: Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov visits Bishkek (to April 5).

UN: International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action.

U.S./Russia: Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington hosts a discussion titled "Changing Russia: The Politics of Economic and Energy Development."

THURSDAY, April 5:

Azerbaijan/Czech Republic: Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev makes a state visit to Prague (to April 6).

Russia/U.S.: Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout is expected to be sentenced in New York.

Ukraine: The George Washington University hosts a discussion titled "Ukraine in Anticipation of the October 2012 Parliamentary Elections."

FRIDAY, April 6:

Afghanistan: United States Institute of Peace in Washington hosts a discussion titled "The Afghanistan Security Transition: the Role and Importance of Afghanistan's Neighbors."

Bosnia-Herzegovina: The 20th anniversary of the beginning of the siege of Sarajevo, which lasted 1,425 days and killed and wounded thousands of people.

Bosnia-Herzegovina: Sarajevo hosts an event titled "Media in War and Peace Time: Can We Do Better?"

Kazakhstan/CIS: The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) foreign-ministerial meeting to be held in Astana.

Kazakhstan/CSTO: Astana hosts the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Council of Foreign Ministers meeting.

SATURDAY, April 7:

Russia: Russian opposition plans to hold a rally in Moscow.

World: World Health Day.

SUNDAY, April 8:

Georgia: A second round of voting to take place in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia.

Iran: National Day of Atomic Technology.

Pakistan/India: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari to visit New Delhi.

World: Christians celebrate Easter Sunday.

World: International Roma Day.

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