Forum 2000 July – August Bulletin

Voices of the 27th Forum 2000 Conference

Prague, October 15 – 17, 2023

We look forward to welcoming Petr Pavel, President of the Czech Republic; Maia Sandu, President of the Republic of Moldova; Jan Lipavský, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic; Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze, Chairperson of the Committee on Ukraine’s integration into the EU of the Parliament of Ukraine; Luis Almagro, OAS Secretary General; Zbigniew Rau, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland;  Idayat Hassan, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development in Nigeria; Alissa Wahid, Director of the Gusdurian Network Indonesia; Larry Diamond, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and dozens more.

The topics of the 27th Forum 2000 Conference 

The 2023 conference will be held under the theme “For a Democratic World Order”. The discussions, which will consider how democracies and democrats need to work together to face common challenges, will revolve along the following thematic areas:

  • Democracies retaking the initiative
  • Forum for Ukraine
  • Technology and democracy
  • Promoting democracy in an unfree environment
  • Thematic and regional focus

Forum for Ukraine 2023

Based on the Prague Manifesto for a Free Ukraine, a second edition of the Forum for Ukraine will take place, in cooperation with the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The Forum for Ukraine is a long-term platform, where participants address the present and future challenges and opportunities for Ukraine as it is progressing on its path to the core of the European and global democratic community.

Join us live online! 

Would you like to watch the conference live from where you are? The main discussions of the three-day event will be live-streamed on the Forum 2000 websiteFacebook and Youtube.

Forum 2000: A voice of the voiceless

For their courageous and principled defense of freedom, some members of the Forum 2000 community are facing persecution and imprisonment. Aung San Suu Kyi, the legitimate leader of Myanmar; Ales Bialiatski, Belarusian 2022 Nobel Peace Prize laureate; Zhang Zhan, Chinese lawyer, citizen journalist and winner of the 2022 Forum 2000 International Award for Courage and Responsibility; and Vladimir Kara-Murza, the courageous Russian opposition leader, will not be able to join us. The Forum 2000 Conference will be this year, as always, a voice to convey their message to the world.

The Forum 2000 editor’s pick

A selection of essential articles, opinions, ideas and news from the Forum 2000 network.

August 21, 1968: Soviet tanks crush the dreams of the Prague Spring | Radio Prague International | Fifty-five years ago, on the night of August 20-21, 1968, the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia began, marking a definitive end to the hopes that the series of liberalizing and democratic reforms that had taken place in the country in the 1960s, known as the Prague Spring, had brought with them.

A conversation with the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize Laureates from Ukraine, Belarus, and Russia | National Endowment for Democracy and Carnegie Endowment for International Peace | Lasting peace in Ukraine will require justice and accountability. How can the world break the cycle of state repression, violence, and impunity that enabled Russia and its ally, Belarus, to launch their criminal war of aggression against Ukraine? This conversation about human rights, historical memory, and accountability was organized by the National Endowment for Democracy and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. The event featured leaders from the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties and Russian human rights organization Memorial, as well as a representative of jailed Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski, director of the human rights organization Viasna.

The international human rights framework desperately needs an upgrade | Christopher Sabatini | Chatham House | “This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — certainly a cause for celebration. But now is also a time to re-evaluate the international human rights framework, which is facing novel challenges. Our freedoms are being weakened by populism and technology, as well as an emerging coalition of autocratic states. It’s time for an upgrade”.

For a UN Special Rapporteur on Democracy | Democracy without Borders | On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 2023, Democracy Without Borders together with like-minded groups calls for the appointment of a UN Special Rapporteur on Democracy.

The views expressed in these works are the responsibility of their authors and do not necessarily reflect those of the Forum 2000 Foundation or its staff.