Join us! 26th Forum 2000 Conference in Prague: “Democracy’s Clear and Present Danger: How Do We Respond?”
On June 23, European Union leaders formally agreed to make Ukraine a candidate for membership in the bloc. The decision is a historic step and shows how Russia's aggression is reshaping Europe and the world. In this context, the 26th annual Forum 2000 Conference (August 31- September 2, 2022) will feature a special “Forum for Ukraine” to discuss the future of the country at the heart of the European and global democratic community. Given the multiple challenges the international democratic community is facing today, the conference will also address the global resurgence of authoritarianism, search for ways how democratic alliances can be constructed, and look for new ideas on how to make democracy more resilient. For more information please click on the button below.
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Ukraine and the Czech European Union presidency
The Ukrainian candidacy and the war will shape the Czech EU Presidency. Candidate status does not confer membership, but the decision sends a clear signal to the Kremlin and is a major morale boost for Ukrainians. “Ukraine’s future is within the EU,” President Zelensky wrote on Twitter. The Czech Republic’s motto for the six-month presidency, which it takes over from France on July 1, is “Europe as a Task: Rethink, Rebuild, Repower,” based on a 1996 speech by President Václav Havel. In partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the Czech EU Presidency, the 26th Forum 2000 Conference will open a debate on practical ways of supporting Ukraine on its European path.
Alert: Learn about the critical situation of leaders and activists for democracy related to Forum 2000
During the last weeks, several Forum 2000 participants and members of some of its groups and initiatives have been victims of arrests by authoritarian regimes. Learn about the critical situations of Vladimir Kara-Murza (Russia), Daw Aung San Suu Kyi (Myanmar) and Cardinal Joseph Zen (Hong Kong). Forum 2000 reaffirms its commitment to democracy and human rights and condemns the persecution of these prominent democratic leaders.
Are the Iranians ready for democracy?
This is the main question of an interesting conversation between Ladan Boroumand and the Venezuelan dissident and activist for democracy Hasler Iglesias. “The DNA of the Islamic government is not turned to the management of the country. It’s turned to God and to impose the God's will upon the world”, says Dr. Boroumand, cofounder of the Abdorrahman Boroumand Center for the Promotion of Human Rights and Democracy in Iran.