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Democracy and Human Rights in the Face of Growing Authoritarianism. Panels and keynote speeches on the current state of democracy and human rights around the world. Which strategies do authoritarian movements and regimes pursue and what are their effects

15:00 - 15:15

Keynote: Presenting the Democracy Report

  • Prof. Staffan Lindberg - Director of the V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg

Presentation in English with German translation

15:15 - 16:15
Panel discussion: Authoritarian strategies and democratic resilience

  • Lina Attalah – Co-founder and chief editor of Mada Masr
  • Kristenn Einarsson – Founder and managing director of World Expression Forum
  • Eva Menasse - Author and chair PEN Berlin
  • Moderator: Louis Klamroth – TV presenter (ARD)

Discussion in English with German translation

16:15 - 17:15
Panel discussion: Focus on Turkey: Where do we go from here?
Organized by the Freedom of Expression working group of the German Publishers and Booksellers Association

  • Berivan Aymaz – Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian Parliament (Die Grünen)
  • Can Dündar – Journalist and author in exile
  • Oliver Mayer-Rüth – Turkey correspondent (ARD)
  • Moderator: Özlem Sarikaya – TV journalist (Bayrischer Rundfunk)

Discussion in German with English translation

17:15 - 18:00
Conclusion: The Future of Human Rights

  • Prof. Dr. Dr. Michel Friedman - philosopher and publicist
  • Irina Scherbakowa - historian and human rights activist (tbc)
  • Moderator: Louis

For this event, people with hearing aids or cochlear implants can borrow portable induction loops that connect to the translation system receivers. Translation will be provided into English and German. The induction slings are available at the particular stage without prior registration.

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© Johan Wingborg

Prof. Dr. Staffan Lindberg

Director, V-Dem Institute, University of Gothenburg

Kristenn Einarsson

Founder and CEO , World Expression Forum

© Miriam Mekiwi

Lina Attalah

Co-founder and chief editor, Mada Masr

© Axel Martens

Louis Klamroth


© Claude Truong-Ngoc

Can Dündar

Author and journalist in exile

Oliver Mayer-Rüth

Istanbul correspondent, ARD

Özlem Sarikaya

Moderator, TV journalist, Bayerischer Rundfunk

Berivan Aymaz

Member of the North Rhine-Westphalian State Parliament, Die Grünen

© Hartwig Klappert

Eva Menasse

Author and chair, PEN Berlin

© Nicci Kuhn

Prof. Dr. Dr. Michel Friedman

Philosopher and publicist

© Lise Handal

John Steinmark

Program manager Frankfurt Pavilion, Frankfurter Buchmesse