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New Location – IAPC Nov. 2021 Conference – Washington, D.C.

10 May,  2021

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Sowat 120 deelnemers uit 26 lande blyk diep onder die indruk te wees van die 52ste IAPC-wêreldkonferensie, wat plaasgevind het op 'n Donau-riviervaart van Passau na Wene van 8 tot 12 November 2019. Onder die algemene vraag van die konferensie: 'Demokrasie onder druk?', ongeveer vyftig sprekers het aanbiedings gehou en die wêreldwye ontwikkeling van demokrasie bespreek, en het ook die jongste tendense in politieke veldtogte bekend gemaak.

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'N Uitstekende begin met Max Zirngast

Die konferensie het begin met die Oostenrykse joernalis Max Zirngast, wat in 2018 in Turkye aangekla is vir die lidmaatskap van 'n terroriste-organisasie en meer as drie maande in 'n gevangenis met 'n hoë veiligheid deurgebring het voordat hy in September 2019 vrygespreek is. maar ook 'n wêreldwye oorsig aangebied wat wettige kommer oor die stand van demokrasie regoor die wêreld bevestig. Die inleiding is aangebied deur die voormalige IAPC-president Volker Riegger. Verder bevat die sessie "Demokrasie in gevaar" ook talle voorbeelde uit lande regoor die wêreld waar die kwaliteit van demokrasie in gevaar gestel is. In hierdie verband is Faye Diamond / VSA 'n bespreking oor die situasie in Latyns-Amerika, Rusland en Skandinawië aangebied en bevat Mauricio De Vengoechea / Colombia, Ekaterina Egorova / Rusland asook Torbjörn Sjöström / Swede.

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Die opkoms van vroue en die uitdaging waarvoor ons te staan ​​kom

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Die eerste oggend van die 52ste Wêreldkonferensie is afgesluit met 'n stimulerende rondetafelgesprek oor die rol en uitdagings van vroue in die samelewing. Die gasheer deur Mina Jordeby / Swede, het die bespreking aangebied deur Regula Bühlmann / Switserland, Ondine Fortune / VSA, Milica Katic / Serwië en Justine Gaspar / Malta.

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Besoek die Mauthausen-gedenkteken

Die middag van die eerste dag van die konferensie is gekenmerk deur 'n herdenking van die afgryse van die Tweede Wêreldoorlog. Die begeleide toer deur die voormalige konsentrasiekamp Mauthausen naby Linz en veral die waarneming van 'n minuut stilte op die perseel met voorlesings deur Faye Diamond en Marcel Wieder was vir baie van die deelnemers 'n uiters ontnugterende ervaring. Die geleentheid is afgesluit met 'n aanbieding deur die voormalige Oostenrykse president, dr Heinz Fischer, oor 'Demokrasie onder druk - leer uit die verlede', wat deur Sepp Hartinger / Oostenryk bekendgestel is. In sy toespraak het dr Fischer die agtergrond van hierdie geskiedenis breedvoerig gewys en gewys op die lesse wat daaruit geleer kan word.

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Europa as die aanloop tot die tweede dag

Die tweede dag van die konferensie het begin met 'n sessie oor Europa en die EU waarin die voormalige premier van Slowenië en jare lange parlementslid Alojz Peterle sowel as Andreas Pfeifer, hoof van die redaksiedepartement vir buitelandse beleid van die Oostenrykse omroep ORF en Gerda Füricht-Fiegl van die Universiteit van Donau Krems het verskillende probleme ondersoek en maniere en oplossings uiteengesit. Die sessie is aangebied deur Susanne Hartinger / Oostenryk.

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Nuwe tendense in politieke kommunikasie

'N Verdere tematiese fokus bestaan ​​uit aanbiedings oor die nuutste tendense van regoor die wêreld. Deelnemers het die aanbiedinge met groot belangstelling gevolg. Die gasheer deur programvoorsitter Melissa Cressey / VSA, bied opwindende nuus uit 'n wye verskeidenheid veldtogte aan deur Feyi Akindoyeni van Australië, sowel as Adam Hyland, Aubrey Montgomery, Josh Nanberg en Brent Buchanan van die VSA.

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Oostenryksessie aan die Donau Universiteit

Een van die belangrikste kwessies wat die namiddag aan die Donau-universiteit bespreek is, was die stand van die Oostenrykse politiek. Hierdie afdeling is aangebied deur Christoph Hofinger en bevat bydraes van Katrin Praprotnik, Tamara Ehs en Judith Kohlenberger. 'N Inspirerende wynproe by Nikolaihof, die oudste wynmakery ter wêreld, en 'n eksklusiewe nagtelike besoek aan die Krems-kunsgalery het die dagrooster voltooi voordat die konferensievaartjie na Wene vertrek.

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Amerikaanse politiek en verkiesings regoor die wêreld

Die derde dag van die konferensie het begin met 'n gasaanbieding deur Jim Gilmore, die Amerikaanse ambassadeur by die Organisasie vir Veiligheid en Samewerking in Europa (OVSE). Hy het die belangrikheid van die organisasie vir die wêreld benadruk voordat hy hom toegewy het aan sy tema: "Het president Trump die demokrasie verander?" Die sessie is aangebied deur Tom Edmonds / VSA. Hierna is beoordelings rakende die Amerikaanse presidentsverkiesing in 2020 deur Doc Sweitzer vir die Amerikaanse Demokrate en Matt Klink vir die Amerikaanse Republikeine uiteengesit in 'n segment wat Dave Catanese aangebied het voor Kehinde Bamigbetan / Nigerië, Marilu Brajer / Argentinië, Marcel Wieder / Kanada, Necati Özkan / Turkye en Jan Juul Christensen / Denemarke het verkiesingsveldtogte van regoor die wêreld aangebied tydens 'n sitting onder voorsitterskap van Crystal Martin / VSA.

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Toekenning van die IAPC Democracy Medal as 'n groot finale

Die amptelike deel van die 52ste wêreldkonferensie is afgesluit met die toekenning van die IAPC Demokrasie-medalje aan Ekrem Imamoglu, die nuwe burgemeester van Istanbul. Die toekenning is namens hom ontvang deur Emrah Sahan, projekkoördineerder van die Istanbul-verkiesingsveldtog, veral vir die voer van 'n verkiesingsveldtog sonder aggressie en vir sy pogings as vredemaker na die eerste verkiesing in Istanbul nietig verklaar is.

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Besoek aan UNO-City Vienna

'N Ander hoogtepunt van die meegaande program was 'n begeleide toer deur UNO-City Vienna en 'n aanbieding deur Martin Nesirky, direkteur van UNIS Vienna.

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Die lewensprestasie-toekenning is toegeken aan Sepp Hartinger

Tydens die laaste galadinee aan boord is Sepp Hartinger, Oostenryk, 'n lid van die IAPC sedert 1982 en sy president van 1999-2001, bekroon met die "Joe Napolitan & Michel Bongrand Founder Award for Lifetime Achievement" vir die dienste waaraan hy gelewer het. die Vereniging. Na Bo Krogvig / Swede en Jon Gaul / Australië is hy die derde lid van die IAPC wat hierdie eerbewys ontvang.

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Nuwe direksie

Daarbenewens is 'n omvattende strukturele hervorming, voorberei deur president Mehmet Ural, op die IAPC Algemene Vergadering aanvaar. Dit maak voorsiening vir 'n drastiese vermindering van die aantal raadslede en 'n vaste toekenning van verantwoordelikhede vir elke individuele raadslid. Die nuwe 13-lede Raad is op die Algemene Jaarvergadering verkies en begin op 1 Januarie 2020. Dit is soos volg saamgestel:

  • President: Mauricio De Vengoechea, Colombia

  • Tesourier: Melissa Cressey, VSA

  • Sekretaris-generaal: Matt Klink, VSA

  • Visepresident, lidmaatskap: Marilu Brajer, Argentinië

  • Visepresident, konferensies en geleenthede: Crystal Martin, VSA

  • Visepresident, fondsinsameling: Wayne Johnson, VSA

  • Visepresident, kommunikasie: Necati Özkan, Turkye

  • Visepresident, toekennings: Mina Jordeby, Swede

  • Raadslid, lidmaatskap: Marcel Wieder, Kanada

  • Raadslid, konferensie en geleenthede: Justino Pereira, Brasilië

  • Raadslid, fondsinsameling: Sal Russo, VSA

  • Raadslid, Kommunikasie: Kurtis Adigba, Nigerië

  • Raadslid, toekennings: Feyi Akindoyeni, Australië

Onvergeetlike indrukke

Al met al het die 52ste wêreldkonferensie, wat vir die eerste keer op 'n rivierkruis aangebied is, unieke indrukke gebied, wat betref die sprekers en die gepaardgaande program. Die ontdekking van sulke wonderlike landskappe langs die Donau sal ook help om die 52ste Wêreldkonferensie lank te onthou deur almal wat dit bygewoon het. Op hierdie punt wil ons ons spesiale dank uitspreek aan al die deelnemers en sprekers, en veral aan Melissa Cressey as programvoorsitter, Sepp Hartinger as konferensievoorsitter, asook aan al ons borge en die hele span van Hartinger Consulting vir die implementering en organisasie van hierdie geleentheid.

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Statement by Maurucio de Vengoechea, IAPC President, on the Seamless Transition of Power with Inauguration of President Joe Biden

20 January 2021

Mauricio de Vengoechea, president of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC), issued this statement following yesterday’s Inauguration of President Joseph R Biden, Jr.:

“Yesterday’s inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden as the 46th president of the United States struck the right tone for an American nation that has experienced such tremendous division during the past four years and especially during the past two weeks’ turmoil.

“By focusing his remarks on unity, decency and renewing America, President Biden’s call to ‘stop the shouting and lower the temperature’ will hopefully help cool political temperatures in Washington, D.C.

“The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of elections around the world. The events of January 6 highlighted that even in America, one of the world’s most stable democracies, it is fragile and must be protected.

About the IAPC:

Since 1968, the International Association of Political Consultants, an organization of political consultants worldwide, has committed itself to fostering democracy and the democratic process throughout the world. Learn more at www.iapc.org.

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Statement by Maurucio de Vengoechea, IAPC President, on Today's Events at the U.S. Capitol 

06 January 2021

MIAMI, FLA. (January 6, 2021) – Mauricio de Vengoechea, president of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC), issued the following statement:

“Today is a dark day for democracy, the democratic process and the peaceful transition of power. On the day when the United States Congress undertakes its solemn and constitutionally mandated responsibility to officially count Electoral College votes, supporters of Donald Trump’s fraudulent election claims marched on the Capitol and rioted. These despicable acts resulted in at least one death, desecrated the U.S. Capitol and represent images often seen on television in other countries around the world.

 

“Since November 3, vast segments of the American public have been bombarded with Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen and results were fraudulent. None of these spurious claims have been proven. In fact, they have all been disproven in court.

 

“Today’s violence and disorder highlights that democracy is fragile. But hope springs eternal for a brighter day. America’s leaders must do better – if not immediately then on January 20 and thereafter. American voters and democracy deserve better.

 

“With more than 50 years as a global champion of democracy, the IAPC believes these events underscore the importance of ethical leadership, election transparency, respect for the facts and understanding and respect of due process in constitutional democracies.

 

About the IAPC:

Since 1968, the International Association of Political Consultants, an organization of political consultants worldwide, has committed itself to fostering democracy and the democratic process throughout the world. Learn more at www.iapc.org.

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52nd IAPC World Conference on the Danube delighted the participants

19 December 2019

View conference photos here.

Some 120 participants from 26 nations appeared deeply impressed by the 52nd IAPC World Conference, which took place on a Danube river cruise from Passau to Vienna from 8 to 12 November 2019. Under the general question of the conference: “Democracy under pressure?”, around fifty speakers gave presentations and discussed the worldwide development of democracy in addition to revealing the latest trends in political campaigning.

An outstanding start with Max Zirngast

The conference began with the Austrian journalist Max Zirngast, who had been indicted in Turkey in 2018 for membership of a terrorist organization and spent over three months in a high-security prison before being acquitted in September 2019. He not only outlined developments in Turkey, but also presented a global review that confirms legitimate concerns about the state of democracy around the world. The lead-in was presented by former IAPC President Volker Riegger. Furthermore, the “Democracy in Danger” session also featured numerous examples from countries around the world where the quality of democracy has been compromised. In this regard, a discussion on the situation in Latin America, Russia and Scandinavia was hosted by Faye Diamond / USA and featured Mauricio De Vengoechea / Colombia, Ekaterina Egorova / Russia as well as Torbjörn Sjöström / Sweden.

The Rise of Women and the Challenge We Face

The first morning of the 52nd World Conference ended with a stimulating round table discussion on the role and challenges of women in society. Hosted by Mina Jordeby / Sweden, the discussion featured Regula Bühlmann / Switzerland, Ondine Fortune / USA, Milica Katic / Serbia and Justine Gaspar / Malta.

Visit to the Mauthausen Memorial

The afternoon of the first day of the conference was marked by a commemoration of the horrors of the Second World War. The guided tour through the former Mauthausen concentration camp near Linz and, in particular, the observation of a minute’s silence at the roll call ground with readings by Faye Diamond and Marcel Wieder was an extremely sobering experience for many of the participants. The event concluded with a presentation by former Austrian President Dr Heinz Fischer on “Democracy under pressure – learning from the past”, who was introduced by Sepp Hartinger / Austria. In his address, Dr Fischer shed detailed light on the background to this history and pointed to the lessons to be learned from it.

Europe as the lead-in to the second day

The second day of the conference began with a session on Europe and the EU in which the former Prime Minister of Slovenia and long-time MEP Alojz Peterle as well as Andreas Pfeifer, head of the foreign policy editorial department of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF and Gerda Füricht-Fiegl from Danube University Krems examined various problems and outlined ways and solutions. The session was hosted by Susanne Hartinger / Austria.

New trends in political communication

A further thematic focus consisted of presentations on the latest trends from all over the world. Participants followed the presentations with great interest. Hosted by Program Chair Melissa Cressey / USA, exciting news from a wide variety of campaigning disciplines was presented by Feyi Akindoyeni from Australia as well as Adam Hyland, Aubrey Montgomery, Josh Nanberg and Brent Buchanan from the USA.

Austria session at Danube University

One of the key issues discussed at Danube University in the afternoon was the state of Austrian politics. Hosted by Christoph Hofinger, this segment featured contributions by Katrin Praprotnik, Tamara Ehs and Judith Kohlenberger. An inspiring wine tasting at Nikolaihof, the world’s oldest winery, and an exclusive nighttime visit to the Krems art gallery completed the day’s schedule before the conference cruiser set off for Vienna.

US politics and elections around the world

The third day of the conference began with a guest presentation by Jim Gilmore, the American Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He emphasized the organization's importance to the world before dedicating himself to his theme: “Has President Trump changed democracy?” The session was hosted by Tom Edmonds / USA. Following this, assessments regarding the 2020 US presidential election were outlined by Doc Sweitzer for the US Democrats and Matt Klink for the US Republicans in a segment hosted by Dave Catanese before Kehinde Bamigbetan / Nigeria, Marilu Brajer / Argentina, Marcel Wieder / Canada, Necati Özkan / Turkey and Jan Juul Christensen / Denmark presented election campaigns from across the world in a session chaired by Crystal Martin / USA.

Award of the IAPC Democracy Medal as a grand finale

The official part of the 52nd World Conference concluded with the award of the IAPC Democracy Medal to Ekrem Imamoglu, the new mayor of Istanbul. The award was received on his behalf by Emrah Sahan, project coordinator of the Istanbul election campaign, in particular for conducting an election campaign without aggression and for his efforts as a peacemaker after the first elections had been annulled in Istanbul.

Visit to UNO-City Vienna

Another highlight of the accompanying program was a guided tour of UNO-City Vienna and a presentation given by Martin Nesirky, Director of UNIS Vienna.

The lifetime achievement award went to Sepp Hartinger

During the final gala dinner on board, Sepp Hartinger, Austria, a member of the IAPC since 1982 and its President from 1999-2001, was awarded the “Joe Napolitan & Michel Bongrand Founder Award for Lifetime Achievement” for the services he has rendered to the Association. Following on from Bo Krogvig / Sweden and Jon Gaul / Australia, he is the third member of the IAPC to receive this honor.

New Board of Directors

In addition, a comprehensive structural reform, prepared by President Mehmet Ural, was adopted at the IAPC General Assembly. This provides for a drastic reduction in the number of board members and a fixed allocation of responsibilities for each individual board member. The new 13-member Board of Directors was elected at the Annual General Meeting and shall commence its duties on 1 January 2020. It is composed as follows:

  • President: Mauricio De Vengoechea, Colombia

  • Treasurer: Melissa Cressey, USA

  • Secretary General: Matt Klink, USA

  • Vice President, Membership: Marilu Brajer, Argentina

  • Vice President, Conferences & Events: Crystal Martin, USA

  • Vice President, Fundraising: Wayne Johnson, USA

  • Vice President, Communications: Necati Özkan, Turkey

  • Vice President, Awards: Mina Jordeby, Sweden

  • Board Member, Membership: Marcel Wieder, Canada

  • Board Member, Conference & Events: Justino Pereira, Brazil

  • Board Member, Fundraising: Sal Russo, USA

  • Board Member, Communication: Kurtis Adigba, Nigeria

  • Board Member, Awards: Feyi Akindoyeni, Australia

 

Unforgettable impressions

All in all, the 52nd World Conference, which was staged for the first time on a river cruiser, offered unique impressions, both in regard to the speakers and the accompanying program. The discovery of such magnificent landscapes along the Danube shall also help the 52nd World Conference to long be remembered by all those who attended it. At this point we wish to express our special gratitude to all the participants and speakers, and in particular to Melissa Cressey as Program Chair, Sepp Hartinger as Conference Chair as well as to all our sponsors and the entire team of Hartinger Consulting for the implementation and organization of this event.

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Toe die International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) die 2018 Demokrasie-medalje, die wêreld se langste internasionale demokrasie-toekenning, toeken aan drie prominente demokratiese aktiviste in Hongkong - Joshua Wong, Nathan Law en Alex Chow; jong studenteleiers van die sambreelbeweging - ons het geweet hul stryd is belangrik.

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Vandag betoog miljoene mense in Hong Kong dat hul demokratiese regte beskerm word. Ongelukkig is Joshua Wong in hegtenis geneem deur die polisie in Hong Kong, tesame met meer as 900 ander burgers van Hong Kong wat betoog het teen die hangende uitleweringswet, die wreedheid van die polisie en die gebrek aan algemene stemreg vir vrye en regverdige verkiesings in Hong Kong.

IAPC veroordeel ten sterkste hierdie politieke onderdrukking ter verdediging van die oppergesag van die reg, menseregte en vryheid van spraak. IAPC nooi die wêreld uit om vir Hong Kong te praat.

Wêreldwye aandag en protes is dalk die enigste beskerming wat sulke dapper mense in Hong Kong het.

Klik om die brief van IAPC-president Mehmet Ural aan Carrie Lam -Die uitvoerende gesag van die spesiale administratiewe streek van Hongkong af te laai - en die persverklaring van IAPC.

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HONG KONG PROTESTS A TIMELY REMINDER THAT DEMOCRACY MATTERS

Toe die International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) die 2018 Demokrasie-medalje aan drie prominente Hongkongse demokrasie-aktiviste toeken - Joshua Wong, Nathan Law en Alex Chow, studenteleiers van die Umbrella Movement - het ons geweet dat hul stryd belangrik was.

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Dieselfde dapper jong mense wat vandag help om ander in Hongkong te inspireer om vir hul menseregte te veg, is verlede jaar op die IAPC se 51ste Wêreldkonferensie in Sydney, Australië, erken.

"Miljoene mense in Hong Kong betoog vandag dat hul demokratiese regte beskerm word en wen in 'n ongelooflike vertoning van mense se mag." Die IAPC-president, Mehmet Ural, het gesê: 'Dit is belangrik om die dapper mense te erken en te vier wat die lewe en vryheid waag om die demokratiese regte van baie te beskerm. Erkenning en wêreldwye aandag is dalk die enigste beskerming wat sulke dapper mense het. '

In 2018 het die IAPC se internasionale lidmaatskap gestem om die wêreld se langste internasionale demokrasie-toekenning toe te ken aan Joshua Wong, Nathan Law en Alex Chow, jong studenteleiers van Hong Kong se burgerlike ongehoorsaamheidsbeweging, ook bekend as Occupy Central.

“Die toekenning van die IAPC-demokrasie-medalje vir 2018 erken die moed en volharding van hierdie studenteleiers om outonomie en demokratiese vryhede vir Hongkong te bevorder en te handhaaf in die lig van toenemende politieke beheer deur die pro-Beijing-owerhede.

"Aangesien die wêreldwye uitbreiding van demokrasie onlangs gewankel het teen populistiese en outoritêre neigings, bied hul demokratiese missie 'n uitstekende voorbeeld vir jong burgers wêreldwyd om na te volg," het mnr. Ural gesê.

Joshua Wong en sy kollegas het die betoging van 79 dae in Hong Kong vanaf September 2014 begin, die grootste politieke betoging in China sedert die Tiananmen-plein.

In Augustus 2017 is Joshua Wong (toe 21), Nathan Law (24) en Alex Chow (27) skuldig bevind en ses tot agt maande tronkstraf opgelê vir hul rolle in die vroeë stadiums van die betogings in 2014, wat hulle belet het om hulself vir politieke ampte aan te bied. vir vyf jaar.

Maar in 'n pragtige oorwinning vir die drie jong demokrasie-leiers het die hoogste hof in Hongkong in Februarie 2018 die tronkstraf van die trio ongedaan gemaak. Hulle het reeds twee maande van hul vonnisse uitgedien toe hulle in November 2017 op borgtog vrygelaat is.

Ten spyte van tronkstraf, politieke druk en fisieke aanrandings, bly Joshua Wong en sy kollegas uitdagend, en gaan hulle voort met die vreedsame pogings van die studenteleiers om algemene stemreg te bewerkstellig en die outonomie en vryhede wat Hong Kong in die Sino-Britse gesamentlike verklaring gewaarborg het, te beskerm.

Hierdie verklaring het Hong Kong in 1997 ná 150 jaar as Britse kolonie onder die Chinese regering onder die beginsel 'Een land, twee stelsels' terugbesorg, wat die voormalige kolonie in staat gestel het om sy unieke politieke en ekonomiese stelsel te handhaaf met vryheid van spraak, vrye pers en vrye vergadering gewaarborg tot 2047. Maar kritici beskuldig Beijing van sluipende inmenging in die stad se aangeleenthede en sy regering dat hulle die Beijing-lyn benadruk.

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Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar: Vandag ontvang Aung San Suu Kyi van Myanmar haar sertifikaat en bronsmedalje vir die Demokrasie-toekenning van die International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) wat sy in 1995 verower het.

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Dr Suu Kyi is in 1995 met die Demokrasie-medalje toegeken, maar die organisasie kon dit nie aan haar voorlê nie weens haar huisarres gedurende daardie tyd. Oudpresident Rick Ridder en IAPC-lid Joannie Braden oorhandig vandag die toekenningsertifikaat en bronsmedalje aan dr Suu Kyi tydens 'n seremonie in die hoofstad van Myanmar.

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Na aanleiding van die voordrag het mnr. Ridder die volgende gelees:

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Die International Association of Political Consultants ken elke jaar tydens sy jaarlikse konferensie sy Demokrasie-medalje toe aan 'n individu of organisasie wat volgens die oordeel van sy lidmaatskap moedig gewerk het om die demokratiese proses oral in die wêreld te bevorder, te bevorder en te onderhou.

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'N Gepoleerde weergawe van die Akropolis word op die gesig van die groot bronsmedalje verlig. Die agterkant bevat die gegraveerde naam van die ontvanger en die jaar waarop dit gegee is. Die sertifikaat wat die medalje vergesel, bevat toepaslik hierdie universeel erkende definisie van demokrasie.

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In 1995 word die Demokrasie-medalje toegeken aan Aung Son Suu Kyi deur die lede van die IAPC. Maar die omstandighede het die toekenning van die medalje destyds verhoed. Vandag namens die lede van die IAPC, voormalige president Bo Krogvig van Swede, en die huidige president Nancy Todd van die VSA, is ek verheug om die Demokrasie-medalje van die IAPC 22 jaar later aan Aung Son Suu Kyi van Myanmar oor te gee.

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Dr Suu Kyi het die lede van die IAPC bedank en herhaal haar verbintenis tot die bevordering van demokrasie en vrye en regverdige verkiesings. 'Dit is 'n lang pad', het sy verduidelik.