February 2021

Farida Nabourema: Democracy roots in Togo

"I was actually greatly surprised and shocked that the majority of the world, even of the countries surrounding Togo, have no idea that Togo is run by the oldest military regime in Africa,“ says Farida Nabourema for #Forum2000online Chat. Farida is a human rights activist from Togo. In 2019 she was listed as one of the Most Influential African Women.

Olga Sadovskaya: Torture cases in Russia are not a secret anymore.

"Twenty years ago, there were no journalist investigations. Today, we do see the progress. Believe me, it is a good sign that you are able to get information about what is happening in Russia." Olga Sadovskaya, Head of the International Legal Protection Department of the Committee Against Torture, was the guest of our #Forum2000online Chat.

Discussion: Technology and democracy: Is it a match?

„Fake news can spill over into other things, like legislative action and the legal violence as we saw in the Capitol. It is being used to attack what we call the liberal institutions of democracy, that actually guarantee the rule of law,“ said Nick Anstead, Associate Professor of Media and Communications from the London School of Economics. Watch the full discussion on the realm of technology that is increasingly turning into a strategic competition between democracy and authoritarianism.

We condemn the military coup in Myanmar

The Forum 2000 Foundation, the International IDEA, and the National Endowment for Democracy issued a joint call on the Myanmar military to fully respect the results of the recent national elections, release all detained political and civil society leaders, and allow the country to institute real democratic reforms.