Bulgarian Speaks at Democracy Conference Opening in South Africa

Politics | February 3, 2004, Tuesday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Democracy is about freedom, but we are living in a time when many countries and many regimes simply want to be called democracies, failing to provide more freedom, Bulgarian political analyst Ivan Krastev said at the opening session of the Democracy Conference on Monday, which is going to last four days.

Pro-democracy activists from more than 100 countries have gathered in South Africa to share ideas and try to find practical solutions to the challenges facing both fledgling democracies and well-established ones.

It is the third assembly of the World Movement for Democracy, a network of activists from every region of the globe who share a vision of a more democratic future. The group formed in 1999 with a goal of strengthening democracy in countries where it already exists, and encouraging it in places it does not.

It could be hard for activists from different parts of the world to see beyond their own personal experiences with democracy, Ivan Krastev stated. He saw the challenge to find lessons from those personal experiences that can be relevant to everyone.

The assembly, which was supposed to take place last year, but was called off because of the looming war in Iraq, is being held in South Africa just months before the country celebrates the 10th anniversary of its first all-race elections and the death of the apartheid system in 1994.
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