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Verklaring van simpatie oor die dood van sir David Amess

20 Oktober,  2021

'n Verklaring oor die dood van sir David Amess, van die Internasionale Vereniging van Politieke Konsultante, en die Europese Vereniging van Politieke Konsultante.

 

Op Vrydag die 15de Oktober is 'n Parlementslid in die Verenigde Koninkryk vermoor terwyl hy sy kiesafdelingvergaderings met inwoners gehou het. Die IAPC en EAPC, as professionele organisasies wat gefokus is op die uitbreiding van demokrasie, beskou hierdie verskriklike daad as 'n aanval op die demokrasie self. Ons gedagtes en gebede is by Sir David se familie, en alle verkose politici, in hierdie moeilike tyd.

 

Ongeag hul politieke agenda, moet alle politici regstreeks met kiesers kan skakel en dit kan doen sonder vrees vir vergelding of persoonlike dreigemente.

 

Die tragiese verlies van sir David Amess, wat sy vrou van byna 30 jaar en vyf kinders agterlaat, sal regoor die VK gevoel word. Terwyl maatreëls aangemoedig sal word om 'n afstand tussen LP's en kiesers te plaas, moet ons saamwerk om 'n oplossing te vind wat dit veiliger maak vir politici om meer, nie minder, met kiesers te vergader nie. Ons by die IAPC en EAPC ondersteun nouer interaksie met kiesers en moedig 'n sinvolle balans aan tussen politici se veiligheid en toeganklikheid.  

 

Oor die afgelope vyf jaar in die VK is twee parlementslede vermoor, terwyl honderde ander doodsdreigemente ontvang het. Die woede en haat van diegene wat daarop ingestel is om demokraties verkose verteenwoordigers te keer om hul werk te doen, moet met meer demokrasie en 'n wêreldwye poging om die verwydering van haat uit die politieke ruimte aan te moedig ontmoet word. 

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International Association of Political Consultants
condemns Russia invasion of democratic Ukraine

25 February,  2022

(Washington) Matthew Klink, President of the International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) released the following statement in reaction to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

 

“We join the global community in condemning Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine. The fledgling Ukrainian democracy is the victim of an unprovoked action by Russia. They should cease this destructive action and immediately restore the democratically elected government and illegally seized territory.”

 

“For over 54 years IAPC members have promoted democracy around the world. We are distressed to see an authoritarian government, in this case Russia, attempt to depose the democratically elected government of Ukraine.”

 

“Democratic governments around the world need to come to the aid of a fellow democracy. We are witnessing increasing attacks on democracy around the world, and Russia’s actions only act as encouragement for other dictators and despots. The free and democratic nations of the world need to stand up to such a brazen assault on democracy.”

 

“The IAPC stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and offer their support for the restoration of the democratically elected government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.”

 

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Please note: Members of the IAPC are available for commentary on the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine.

 

Established in 1968, The International Association of Political Consultants is committed to fostering democracy and the democratic process throughout the world. Members span a variety of political backgrounds and activities fostering the growing and diverse profession of political consulting as well as the practical aspects of democratic elections.

 

For further information contact:

 

Matt Klink, IAPC President: Tel (310) 283-6267 Email: matt@klinkcampaigns.com

Marcel Wieder, Vice-President-Communications Tel: (416) 907-2126 Email: marcel@aurorastrategy.com

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International Association of Political Consultants Democracy Medal Presented to Women of Belarus at recent ceremony

24 November,  2021

Vienna | Former International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC) President Sepp Hartinger accompanied by IAPC member Christoph Hofinger and Secretary General of the Austrian Journalists Club, Barbara Meister presented the Democracy Award to Swiatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Veronica Tsepkalo and imprisoned Maria Kalesnikaya, who was not able to attend, for their work in the promotion of democracy in Belarus. The IAPC awarded the Democracy Medal in 2020 but due to the pandemic was not able to present the award until now.

 

Mauroicio de Vengoechea, President of the IAPC said, “Individuals are at the heart of democracy and the political process. Through their actions, these three courageous women have demonstrated how to engage their fellow citizens in a positive, non-violent effort to bring about democratic change in their country.”

 

In his remarks, Hartinger spoke of the fate of all fighters for democracy who are in political prison and thanked the women for their exemplary commitment to democracy. "This honor should not be a one-time effect, but the beginning of a closer cooperation to make democracy possible in Belarus and to strengthen it worldwide."

 

In their speeches, Tsikhanouskaya and Tsepkalo expressed their gratitude for the award and particularly emphasized the solidarity that can be felt worldwide.

 

About the recipients

 

Swiatlana Tsikhanouskaya

Swiatlana Tsikhanouskaya is the leader of the democratic forces in Belarus who, according to independent observers, defeated autocratic President Aliaksandr Lukashenka in the August 9, 2020 presidential election. She had entered the race after her husband was arrested for running for president. Lukashenka publicly dismissed her as a "housewife" and claimed a woman could not become president. Tsikhanouskaya united Belarus's democratic forces along with two other leaders ¬- Maria Kalesnikaya and Veronica Tsepkalo.

 

After her forced exile, Tsikhanouskaya provoked unprecedented peaceful protests throughout Belarus, some of which were attended by hundreds of thousands of people. She visited more than 20 countries to rally support for a free Belarus. She is campaigning for the release of more than 500 political prisoners and peaceful change through free and fair elections. In her meetings with Chancellor Merkel, President Macron, President von der Leyen, President Charles Michel and other world leaders, she emphasized the need for a bolder response to the actions of the Belarusian dictatorship.

 

Tsikhanouskaya became a symbol of the peaceful struggle for democracy and female leadership. Among dozens of other awards, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya was honored with the Sakharov Prize of the European Parliament. In 2020, she was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Lithuanian President Nauseda and Norwegian MPs. She was included in the TOP-50 most influential people by Bloomberg, in the top 12 most influential women by Financial Times and in the top 28 most influential Europeans by POLITICO.

 

Veronica Tsepkalo

One of the three leaders of the national democracy movement in Belarus. Together with Swiatlana Tsikhanouskaya and Maria Kalesnikava, she managed to bring together an unprecedented number of people to protest against a regime that violates human rights, falsifies presidential elections and uses brutal violence against its citizens. The trio was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and has already received the International Democracy Prize and the Sakharov Prize. Currently, Veronica supports Belarusian women who have been victims of the regime's cruelty in recent months.

 

Maria Kalesnikaya

Kalesnikaya is a currently imprisoned civil rights activist in Belarus, political prisoner, and music educator and flutist. Through her relationships with Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Veronica Tsepkalo and friendship with Viktar Babaryka, as well as political developments in her home country, she became a human rights activist and non-partisan politician. In 2020, she became internationally known for her role in the Belarusian opposition.

 

In early September 2020, Kalesnikaya "disappeared" in Minsk in an as-yet unexplained manner; her family was able to report two days later that she was in state custody. In February, the prosecutor expanded the charges against her: she was alleged to have participated in a conspiracy to seize power in an anti-constitutional manner and to have founded and led an extremist association. For this she was sentenced to eleven years in prison.

 

About the IAPC Democracy Award

Since 1982, the International Association of Political Consultants has been a pioneer in awarding an organization or an individual who in the judgement of its membership has worked courageously to foster, promote, and sustain the democratic process anywhere in the world through our Democracy Medal, the first international award of its kind.

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Statement of Sympathy regarding the death of Sir David Amess

20 October,  2021

A statement regarding the death of Sir David Amess, from the International Association of Political Consultants, and European Association of Political Consultants.

 

On Friday the 15th October, a Member of Parliament in the United Kingdom was murdered as he conducted his constituency meetings with residents. The IAPC and EAPC, as professional organizations focused on the expansion of democracy, view this horrific act as an attack on democracy itself. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sir David’s family, and all elected politicians, at this difficult time.

 

Regardless of their political agenda, all politicians must be able to engage directly with voters and be able to do so without fear of reprisal or personal threats.

 

The tragic loss of Sir David Amess, who leaves behind his wife of almost 30 years and five children, will be felt across the UK. Whilst measures will be encouraged to put a distance between MPs and voters, we must work together to find a solution that makes it safer for politicians to meet with voters more, not less. We at the IAPC and EAPC support closer interactions with voters and encourage a sensible balance between politicians’ security and accessibility. 

 

Over the last five years in the UK, two Members of Parliament have been murdered, while hundreds of others have received death threats. The anger and hatred of those intent on stopping democratically elected representatives from going about their jobs must be met with more democracy and a global effort to encourage the removal of hatred from the political space.  

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Nuwe ligging - IAPC November 2021 -konferensie - Washington, DC

10 Mei,  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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IAPC November 2021-konferensie – 100% virtueel

8 Oktober,  2021

Geagte IAPC-kollegas,

 

Met voortdurende onsekerheid oor COVID-verwante reis- en vergaderingbeperkings, het u IAPC-raad van direkteure eenparig gestem om hierdie jaar weer ons 2021-konferensie via 'n virtuele platform te hou.

 

Bêre die datums van 4 en 5 November 2021 vir ons 54ste Wêreldkonferensie! Vanjaar se tema is "Zoom in die toekoms!" Ons sal 'n gebalanseerde program van panele en hoofsprekers hê. Meer inligting kom binnekort!

 

As 'n aansporing vir bestaande IAPC-lede om jou lidmaatskap te hernu met die outomatiese jaarlikse hernuwingsopsie wat gekies is, sal jou $250 USD-lidmaatskaphernuwingsfooi komplimentêre 2021-konferensieregistrasie insluit! Meer inligting oor hoe om jou lidmaatskap te hernu sal binnekort gestuur word. Vir nuwe lede sal jou aanvanklike lidmaatskapfooi van $400 ook die konferensieregistrasie insluit!

 

Dit was 'n moeilike paar jaar vir alle verenigings en ons waardeer u volgehoue IAPC-lidmaatskap en ondersteuning opreg.

 

Sien jou in November.

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Verklaring deur Maurucio de Vengoechea, IAPC -president, oor die naatlose oorgang van mag met inhuldiging van president Joe Biden

20 Januarie 2021

Mauricio de Vengoechea, president van die International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC), het hierdie verklaring uitgereik na gister se inhuldiging van president Joseph R Biden, jr .:

“Gister se inhuldiging van president Joseph R. Biden as die 46ste president van die Verenigde State het die regte toon geslaan vir 'n Amerikaanse nasie wat die afgelope vier jaar en veral gedurende die afgelope twee weke 'n geweldige verdeeldheid beleef het.

'Deur sy opmerkings op eenheid, ordentlikheid en hernuwing van Amerika te fokus, sal president Biden se oproep om' die skree te stop en die temperatuur te verlaag 'hopelik help om die politieke temperatuur in Washington, DC af te koel

'Die vreedsame oorgang van mag is 'n kenmerk van verkiesings oor die hele wêreld. Die gebeure van 6 Januarie het beklemtoon dat dit selfs in Amerika, een van die stabielste demokrasieë ter wêreld, broos is en beskerm moet word.

Oor die IAPC:

Sedert 1968 het die International Association of Political Consultants, 'n organisasie van politieke konsultante wêreldwyd, hom daartoe verbind om demokrasie en die demokratiese proses regoor die wêreld te bevorder. Kom meer te wete by www.iapc.org.

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Verklaring deur Maurucio de Vengoechea, IAPC -president, oor Today's Events in die Amerikaanse hoofstad 

06 Januarie  2021

MIAMI, FLA. (6 Januarie 2021) - Mauricio de Vengoechea, president van die International Association of Political Consultants (IAPC), het die volgende verklaring uitgereik:

'Vandag is 'n donker dag vir demokrasie, die demokratiese proses en die vreedsame oorgang van mag. Op die dag toe die Amerikaanse kongres sy plegtige en grondwetlik verpligte verantwoordelikheid aanvaar om die stemme van die kieskollege amptelik te tel, het aanhangers van Donald Trump se bedrieglike verkiesingsaansprake na die Capitol opgeruk en oproerig geraak. Hierdie veragtelike dade het ten minste een dood tot gevolg gehad, die Amerikaanse Capitol ontheilig en verteenwoordig beelde wat gereeld op televisie in ander lande regoor die wêreld gesien word.

 

'Sedert 3 November word groot dele van die Amerikaanse publiek gebombardeer deur Donald Trump se bewerings dat die verkiesing gesteel is en dat die uitslae bedrieglik was. Nie een van hierdie vals bewerings is bewys nie. Trouens, hulle is almal in die hof bewys.

 

“Vandag se geweld en wanorde beklemtoon dat demokrasie broos is. Maar die hoop is ewig vir 'n helderder dag. Amerika se leiers moet beter vaar - indien nie onmiddellik nie, dan op 20 Januarie en daarna. Amerikaanse kiesers en demokrasie verdien beter.

 

'Met meer as 50 jaar as 'n wêreldwye kampioen van demokrasie, meen die IAPC dat hierdie gebeure die belangrikheid van etiese leierskap, deursigtigheid in die verkiesing, respek vir die feite en begrip en respek vir die regte proses in konstitusionele demokrasieë beklemtoon.

 

Oor die IAPC:

Sedert 1968 het die International Association of Political Consultants, 'n organisasie van politieke konsultante wêreldwyd, hom daartoe verbind om demokrasie en die demokratiese proses regoor die wêreld te bevorder. Kom meer te wete by www.iapc.org.

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Die 52ste IAPC -wêreldkonferensie oor die Donau was die deelnemers verheug

19 Desember 2019

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Ongeveer 120 deelnemers uit 26 nasies was diep onder die indruk van die 52ste IAPC -wêreldkonferensie, wat plaasgevind het tydens '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 voorleggings gehou en die wêreldwye ontwikkeling van demokrasie bespreek, benewens die onthulling van die nuutste tendense in politieke veldtogte.

'N Uitstekende begin met Max Zirngast

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

Die opkoms van vroue en die uitdaging wat ons in die gesig staar

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

Besoek aan die Mauthausen -gedenkteken

Die middag van die eerste dag van die konferensie is gekenmerk deur 'n herdenking van die gruwels van die Tweede Wêreldoorlog. Die begeleide toer deur die voormalige konsentrasiekamp Mauthausen naby Linz en veral die waarneming van 'n minuut stilte by die rolbalveld met voorlesings deur Faye Diamond en Marcel Wieder was vir baie van die deelnemers 'n uiters ontnugterende ervaring. Die geleentheid is afgesluit met 'n voorlegging deur die voormalige Oostenrykse president dr Heinz Fischer oor 'Demokrasie onder druk - leer uit die verlede', wat deur Sepp Hartinger / Oostenryk voorgestel is. Dr Fischer werp in sy toespraak gedetailleerde lig op die agtergrond van hierdie geskiedenis en wys op die lesse wat daaruit geleer kan word.

Europa as die aanloop tot die tweede dag

Die tweede dag van die konferensie 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 redaksie-afdeling vir buitelandse beleid van die Oostenrykse Uitsaaikorporasie ORF en Gerda Füricht-Fiegl van die Donau-universiteit Krems het verskillende probleme ondersoek en maniere en oplossings uiteengesit. Die sessie is aangebied deur Susanne Hartinger / Oostenryk.

Nuwe tendense in politieke kommunikasie

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

Oostenryk sessie aan die Donau Universiteit

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

Amerikaanse politiek en verkiesings regoor die wêreld

Die derde dag van die konferensie het begin met 'n gasvoorlegging deur Jim Gilmore, die Amerikaanse ambassadeur van die Organisasie vir Veiligheid en Samewerking in Europa (OVSE). Hy beklemtoon die belangrikheid van die organisasie vir die wêreld voordat hy hom toewy aan sy tema: 'Het president Trump die demokrasie verander?' Die sessie is aangebied deur Tom Edmonds / USA. Hierna is assesserings rakende die Amerikaanse presidentsverkiesing in 2020 uiteengesit deur Doc Sweitzer vir die Amerikaanse demokrate en Matt Klink vir die Amerikaanse Republikeine 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 sessie onder leiding van Crystal Martin / VSA.

Toekenning van die IAPC -demokrasie -medalje as 'n groot slot

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 verkiesingsveldtog in Istanbul, veral vir die voer van 'n verkiesingsveldtog sonder aggressie en vir sy pogings as vredemaker nadat die eerste verkiesings in Istanbul nietig verklaar is.

Besoek aan UNO-City Wenen

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

Die toekenning vir lewenslange prestasie het gegaan aan Sepp Hartinger

Tydens die laaste galadinee aan boord, word Sepp Hartinger, Oostenryk, 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 wat hy gelewer het die Vereniging. Na aanleiding van Bo Krogvig / Swede en Jon Gaul / Australië, is hy die derde lid van die IAPC wat hierdie eer ontvang het.

Nuwe direksie

Boonop is 'n omvattende strukturele hervorming, wat deur president Mehmet Ural opgestel is, tydens die algemene vergadering van die IAPC aanvaar. Dit maak voorsiening vir 'n drastiese vermindering van die aantal raadslede en 'n vaste verdeling van verantwoordelikhede vir elke individuele raadslid. Die nuwe direksie van 13 lede is tydens die algemene jaarvergadering verkies en begin sy pligte 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

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

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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 BESTAAN DIE TYDIGE DEMOKRASIE TYDELIK

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.