Event

Democracy under pressure: Voices from Cambodia and Venezuela

How can the European Union support democratic change?

The European Union (EU) supports democratisation and fundamental freedoms in partner countries worldwide. Through political dialogue, the mainstreaming of democratic principles and specific development programmes, the EU seeks to support reform processes and democratic institution building in order to encourage political pluralism. Yet in many countries, the EU is confronted with a lack of democratic accountability and political checks and balances, a steady weakening of democratic institutions by ruling governments and a resulting decline in political rights for all. While Cambodia is experiencing an ongoing erosion of democratic foundations and high levels of corruption, Venezuela is amid a multidimensional crisis of ongoing human rights violations, the erosion of the rule of law and the dismantlement of democratic institutions. By providing first hand insights from these two countries, this closed-door debate will discuss opportunities for democratic developments in Cambodia and Venezuela and analyse how EU efforts can better support democratic change in a country-specific context.

Details

Democracy under pressure
Democracy under pressure

Program

15h30 Registration

16h00 Welcome

by Denis Schrey, Programme Director Multinational Development Policy Dialogue, Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Brussels

16h05 Input: Shrinking Spaces for Fundamental Basic Rights

by Maina Kiai, Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association, followed by a Q&A session

17h00 Insights from Venezuela and Cambodia

by Karim Vera, President of the Subcommission on Border and Territorial Integration
Permanent Commission of Defense and Security of the Nation, National Assembly of Venezuela

and


Kol Preap, Executive Director, Transparency International Cambodia

17h30 Open Discussion between all participants

18h15 End of Event

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Venue

European Office of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung
Avenue de L'yser 11,
1040 Brussels
Belgium

Speakers

  • Maina Kiai
    • Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and Association
  • Karim Vera
    • President of the Subcommission on Border and Territorial Integration
    • National Assembly of Venezuela
  • Kol Preap
    • Executive Director
    • Transparency International Cambodia
Contact

Carolin Löprich

Carolin Löprich

Research Coordinator Multinational Development Policy Dialogue

carolin.loeprich@kas.de +32 2 66931 71 +32 2 66931 62