Panel 05 – Annual Forum of Parliamentarians for Global Action (2017)

Role of Parliamentarians in Defending Civic Participation to Counter the Rise of Violent Extremism and Prevent Mass Atrocities

(Consideration of the issue of the shrinking space for civil society with particular reference to growing restrictions on foreign funding of human rights activism, freedom of expression and assembly)

Good practices of States working with civil society organizations on preventing violent extremism and mass atrocities

Importance of opposition parties and civil society participation to maintaining a healthy democracy

Ms. Margareta Cederfelt, MP (Sweden), Vice President, OSCE Parliamentary Assembly; Chairperson, PGA International Council

Mr. Adrian Arena, Director, International Human Rights Programme, the Oak Foundation

Mr. Leonard Ramatlakane, MP (South Africa), PGA Member

Mr. Ahmed Mahloof, MP (The Maldives), PGA Member; Spokesperson of the opposition

Dip. Armando Armas (Venezuela), Chair, Sub-Committee on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law; Vice-Chair, Defense and Security Committee, National Assembly

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