SLOGA part of an international conference on illiberal democracies in Zagreb

SLOGA’s director Albin Keuc was one of the panelist at “Living on the edge of illiberal democracy” panel held in Zagreb during international conference: “Illiberal democracies: Europe between autocracy and democracy” that was organized as an activity of joint european project More Democracy for more Europe.

I(l)liberal democracies phenomenon reduces the concept of democracy to a mere multiparty system, while at the same time attempts to suppress or institutionally marginalize all the remaining fundamental components needed for an adequate functioning of a democratic pluralistic society.  In this sense, political leaders of so-called il(l)iberal democracies are directly attacking  human rights – particularly the ones  related to freedom of assembly, association and expression. Critical civil society organizations, independent media as well as independent judiciary and other institutions responsible for the protection of human rights and the functioning of democracy all become subjected to their impact.

This phenomenon was well-known outside of the EU, but in the last couple of years it has begun to spread even within the EU borders. At this conference, we will discuss whether illiberal democracy can be perceived as democracy at all, why is it that they come to fertile ground in Eastern European countries, and ultimately – how to resist them? This conference will bring together some of the leading experts in the field of international relations, and human rights protection, who will – together with activists from European countries – articulate resistance strategies towards autocratic trends in Europe.

Panel 3, “Living on the edge of illiberal democracy”

  • Jelena Berković, GONG
  • Albin Keuc, SLOGA (Slovenia)
  • Mr.Krisjanis Liepa, LAPAS (Latvia)
  • Xhabir Deralla, CIVIL (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Moderator: Ivan Novosel, HRH Zagreb

VIDEO: Day 1, Opening panel: “Illiberal trends in Europe: what’s the appeal?”

  1. prof. dr. sc. Žarko Puhovski, Professor of political philosophy
  2. prof. dr. sc. Vesna Pusić, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Croatia and  Professor of sociology of politics at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb
  3. dipl. iur. Jadranka Kosor, former Prime Minister of Croatia

Moderator: Ivana Dragičević, Journalist

VIDEO: Day 2, Panel 1, “What is illiberal democracy? Why, when and where does it happen?”

  1. dr. sc. Dominic Eggel, The Graduate Institute Geneva
  2. dr. sc. Dejan Jović, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb

Moderator: Gordan Bosanac, CROSOL/CPS

VIDEO: Day 2, Panel 2, “Illiberal democracies: first-hand experience”

  1. Tamas Boros, Political Expert, Hungary
  2. Katarzyna Batko Toluć, Sieć Obywatelska Watchdog Polska

Moderator: Florian Irminger, Human Rights House Foundation

VIDEO: Day 2, Panel 3, “Living on the edge of illiberal democracy”

  • Jelena Berković, GONG
  • Albin Keuc, SLOGA (Slovenia)
  • Mr.Krisjanis Liepa, LAPAS (Latvia)
  • Xhabir Deralla, CIVIL (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Moderator: Ivan Novosel, HRH Zagreb

VIDEO: Day 2, Panel 4: “Resisting ill democracies in Europe: Understanding the playbook of iliberal governments to better resist them” and “Future steps: Ideas on How to Change the illiberal trends”

  • Alexandra Swetzer, Human Rights House Foundation
  • Ivan Novosel, Human Rights House Zagreb
  • Konrad Siemaszko, Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (Poland)

Moderator: Marina Škrabalo, Solidarna – Foundation for Human Rights and Solidarity

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