Is our freedom in danger under the global COVID-19 lockdown? The new #Forum2000online series of interviews with leading politicians, human rights defenders, academics, dissidents, and journalists aims to map how the pandemic is impacting democracy worldwide. Governments tend to accumulate power in times of crisis and more public scrutiny than ever is needed!
#Forum2000online with Lobsang Sangay
China is trying to change the narrative by helping other countries. But we should not hide the fact, that China was silent, suppressed information and left the world unprepared. Watch the interview with Lobsang Sangay, Sikyong of the Tibetan Government in exile.
#Forum2000online with Rosa Maria Payá
Cuba needs assistance and calls for help of the international community – the priority should be the Cuban people. The communist dictatorship is a threat which is now being catalysed by the pandemic, says Rosa María Payá Acevedo, Cuban democracy activist.
#Forum2000online with Richard Youngs
Civic activism may be catalysed by the mismanagement of the pandemic by some governments, says Richard Youngs, Senior Fellow at the Carnegie Europe. Civil society should harness this new energy. There will be new dangers but also many opportunities.
New date for NGO Market!
This year´s NGO Market 2020, postponed due to COVID-19, will take place on Saturday, October 10, 2020, at Střelecký Island in Prague. Breaking with tradition, we will join forces with the Festival of Democracy and move outdoors! Join us for a fabulous lively celebration of civil engagement – and letˈs together hope for a beautiful weather!
Webinar on China’s Global Ambition
Forum 2000 and Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL) invite you to the webinar “China Pursuing Its Interests Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic” that will take place on June 3, 2020 at 14:00 CET. Register here and join the Zoom discussion with Spanish journalist Juan Pablo Cardenal, Georgian politician and former Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli, and Ketty W. Chen, President of the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. Live stream available here.
Webinar: Border Closures As a New Normal?
You can also join the online discussion on “Border Closures As a New Normal? What Has the Pandemic Taught Us.” The online event will take place on June 11, 2020 at 9:00 CET. Register here for joining the Zoom discussion. Live stream will be also available via our Facebook page.