Regaining Democratic Momentum: Stories from Malaysia and the World

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

348 Jalan Tun Razak

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 50400


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Join us to celebrate the World Movement for Democracy's 20th anniversary, featuring 20 political and civic leaders from around the world.

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Since its inception in 1999, the World Movement for Democracy has empowered democracy movements around the world. It has built international solidarity with democracy activists who are at risk. It has supported those who help their countries to succeed in their transitions to democracy. It has also shared joyful and victorious moments with democracy champions.

Political and civic leaders from 20 countries around the world as well as within Malaysia will gather in Kuala Lumpur on July 9 to share successes and lessons learned as the World Movement looks ahead to confront new challenges to democracy. Malaysia is a perfect venue to recognize and celebrate democratic progress that the world has made over the last 20 years while discussing concrete steps to fight against a recent resurgence of authoritarianism. Since the elections in May 2018, Malaysia has given the world an inspiration because of its efforts for fighting corruption and ensuring diversity and inclusion in society. The world has a lot to learn from Malaysia.

The event features interactive discussions with political and civic leaders from around the world as well as a conversation between Hon. Anwar Ibrahim and Mr. Sharaad Kuttan.

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Opening Remarks

2:30 p.m.-2:40 p.m.

Zainab Bangura (Sierra Leone), Chairperson of the World Movement Steering Committee

Ryota Jonen (Japan), Director, World Movement for Democracy

Conversation: How Can Civil Society Defend Democratic Space in Authoritarian Countries?

2:40 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Robert Hardh (Sweden), Civil Rights Defenders (Moderator)

Tamara Adrian (Venezuela), Member of National Assembly

Edmund Bon (Malaysia), Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights

Lee Cheuk-Yan (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions

Anita Vandenbeld (Canada), Member of Parliament

Conversation: How Can Civil Society Ensure Successful Political Transitions to Democracy?

4:15 p.m.-5:45 p.m.

Glanis Changachirere (Zimbabwe), Institute for Young Women’s Development (Moderator)

Radwan Masmoudi (Tunisia), Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy

Sivarasa Rasiah (Malaysia), Deputy Minister for Rural Development

Simon Panek (Czech Republic), People in Need

Ana Gomes (Portugal), former Member of European Parliament

Conversation with Anwar Ibrahim by Sharaad Kuttan

5:45 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Anwar Ibrahim (Malaysia), Member of Parliament*

Sharaad Kuttan (Malaysia), TV Show Host*

Introduction by Carl Gershman (US)


6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

*Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim is the leader of Malaysia's ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition and President of the People's Justice Party. He served as Deputy Prime Minister in 1993-98 and Finance Minister in 1991-98. Since 1998, he has led the reform movement to strengthen democracy and the rule of law in the country. For his principled stance on issues of justice and the rule of law, he has spent over ten of the past 20 years in solitary confinement. He received a full pardon for all of the crimes alleged against him just days after his party won the 14th Malaysian General Election on May 9, 2018.

*Mr. Sharaad Kutan is a well-known media personality in Malaysia as well as a human rights activist. He anchors a top performing morning radio show, and his late night TV talk show, called "Let's Talk with Sharaad Kuttan," provides deep insights into current issues that matter to Malaysian people and society. He also writes about art and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA).

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DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Kuala Lumpur

348 Jalan Tun Razak

Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur 50400


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