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ACTIVITY REPORT TO THE 25 TH MEETING OF THE CD GOVERNING COUNCIL (14 June 2017, Warsaw, Poland June 08, 2017 Activities organised by the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy (further referred to as PFD) during the period between September 2016 and May 2017: • The Annual General Assembly and the Governing Council meeting in Kiev. After the meeting, the PFD delegation met with the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Iryna Herashchenko; Vice Prime Minister, Vyacheslav Kyrylenko; Leader of the Crimean Tatar National Movement and Member of the Ukrainian Parliament, Mustafa Dzhemilev; and other representatives of the political groups of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. Discussions were focused on institutional reforms, economic development challenges, war with Russia (kidnapping and torture of Ukrainian soldiers and Crimean Tatars by pro-Russian militants), other relevant issues, and further cooperation more
Screening of the documentary Nemtsov May 19, 2017 On 19 May, the cinema Pasaka hosted a screening of Nemtsov, a documentary film about the late leader of the Russian opposition directed by his friend and colleague Vladimir Kara-Murza. more
DRAFT PROGRAM OF THE INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY MEETING "EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES: REAFFIRMING TRANSATLANTIC SOLIDARITY" March 12, 2017 Data from Freedom House, a watchdog organization that measures democracy and freedom around the world, shows that the number of countries classified as “free” rose steadily from the mid-1970s to the early 2000s. Many Latin American countries transitioned from military rule to democracy; after the end of the Cold War, much of Eastern Europe followed suit. And longstanding liberal democracies in North America, Western Europe and Australia seemed more secure than ever. But since 2005, Freedom House’s index has shown a decline in global freedom each year. (How Stable are Democracies? ‘Warning Signs are Flashing Red’ by Amanda Taub, The Interpreter, New York Times (November 29, 2016)) more
REGISTRATION TO THE INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY MEETING "EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES: REAFFIRMING TRANSATLANTIC SOLIDARITY" February 21, 2017 more
SAVANORIAUK TARPTAUTINĖJE PARLAMENTARŲ KONFERENCIJOJE SEIME February 19, 2017 IEŠKOMI SAVANORIAI TARPTAUTINEI TARPPARLAMENTINEI KONFERENCIJAI „EUROPE AND THE UNITED STATES: REAFFIRMING TRANSATLANTIC SOLIDARITY“ REIKALAVIMAI: • Geras anglų kalbos mokėjimas; • Domėtis aktualijomis, susijusiomis su demokratija ir žmogaus teisėmis; • Patikimumas, savarankiškumas, iniciatyvumas, komunikabilumas; • Savanoriška veikla daugiakultūrinėje aplinkoje būtų privalumas. more
ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETINGS November 08, 2016 The Extraordinary General Assembly and Governing Council meetings of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy will take place on December 8, 2016 at the European Parliament (Brussels) and will be followed by a very special event for the 25th Anniversary of the Belavezha Accords. More information - info@parliamentary-forum.org more
ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT RECURRING ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETINGS September 29, 2016 The Recurring Annual General Assembly and Governing Council meetings of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy will take place on October 27, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. – 5 p.m. an the Lithuanian Parliament, The Presidential Hall (I building, address Gedimino Av. 53, Vilnius). more
Meeting in Kiev September 09, 2016 During the Annual General Assembly and Governing Council meetings in Kiev Parliamentary Forum for Democracy delegation met with the First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Ms.Iryna Herashchenko, the Vice Prime Minister Mr. Vyacheslav Kyrylenko, the Leader of the Crimean Tatar National Movement and Member of the Ukrainian Parliament Mr. Mustafa Dzhemilev and other representatives of the political groups of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine. There were discussed – institutional reforms, economic development challenges, war with Russia (kidnapping and torture of Ukrainian soldiers and Crimean Tatars by pro-Russian militants), and other actual issues and further cooperation. more
ANNOUNCEMENT REGARDING THE ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY AND GOVERNING COUNCIL MEETINGS August 05, 2016 The Annual General Assembly and Governing Council meetings of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy will take place on September 5, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. in the Parliament of Ukraine in Kiev. more
Parliamentary Forum for Democracy President met with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko October 24, 2015 President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko met with heads of international monitoring missions that will observe local elections in Ukraine on October 25. more
Vilnius Democracy Forum: How to Deal with Kleptocracies? September 15, 2015 On September 14-15 the Eastern Europe Studies Centretogether with the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University, and Hudson Institute - and co-organizers - the National Endowment for Democracy, Freedom House and the the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung hosted the first Vilnius Democracy Forum.. more
Declaration of Parliamentary Meeting August 27, 2015 Representatives of democratically elected parliaments gathered in San Salvador, El Salvador and produced the Declaration of the Parliamentary Meeting. more
In Memoriam to Boris Nemtsov April 07, 2015 Today, when 40 days has passed since the murder of Boris Nemtsov, we are mourning and remembering our great and brave Friend. more
INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY MEETING: State of Democracy around the Globe: Current Challenges and Future Prospects March 10, 2015 PRESS RELEASE ON THE OCCASION OF THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE RESTORATION OF INDEPENDENCE OF LITHUANIA PARLIAMENTARIANS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD DISCUSSED THE STATE OF DEMOCRACY AROUND THE GLOBE VILNIUS DECLARATION 2015 more
LIVE STREAM OF THE INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY MEETING March 09, 2015 more
INTERNATIONAL PARLIAMENTARY MEETING March 03, 2015 Over 20 years ago, when the world observed the collapse of the Soviet Union and the triumph of freedom, democracy and free-market economy, the prominent political scientist Francis Fukuyama optimistically predicted the inevitable triumph of liberal democracy and the end of history in his celebrated book The End of History and the Last Man. Samuel Huntington, a famous political scientist dealing with development of democracy and associated processes, described what was happening at the time as the third wave of democratisation, which began in Spain and Portugal in the 1970s and reached its peak with the fall of the Berlin Wall. more
PFD ACTIVITY REPORT TO THE MEETING OF THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE COMMUNITY OF DEMOCRACIES, (4 March 2015, Geneva) March 03, 2015 1. The Parliamentary Forum for Democracy condemned murder of Russian politician, opposition leader Mr. Boris Nemtsov. Zingeris claimed this loss is meaningful as it marks the end of efforts to stop Russia from taking imperial, anti-Western and anti-democratic path of political decisions. 2. Parliamentary Forum for Democracy delegation, consisting of the President Emanuelis Zingeris, Ambassador at Large Skaiste Aniuliene and PFD Acting Secretary General Viktorija Braziunaite met with the Community of Democracies Secretary General Maria Leissner and discussed joint projects, further cooperation and upcoming ministerial meeting in El Salvador. more
PFD delegation met with the Community of Democracies Secretary General Maria Leissner February 13, 2015 Parliamentary Forum for Democracy (further PFD) President Emanuelis Zingeris, Ambassador at Large Skaiste Aniuliene and PFD Acting Secretary General Viktorija Braziunaite met with the Community of Democracies Secretary General Maria Leissner and discussed joint projects, further cooperation and upcoming ministerial meeting in El Salvador. more
PROFESSIONAL INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY January 20, 2015 If you are: • Unafraid of challenges; • Keen on learning the intricacies of organizing high level international events; • Responsible and hard-working; • Able to fully implement tasks; • Eager to get long term contacts; • Are fluent in English (writing & speaking); • Interested in democracy and human rights issues You are the one we are looking for! more
KVIETIMAS ATLIKTI PROFESINĘ PRAKTIKĄ ASOCIACIJOJE January 19, 2015 Jeigu: • nebijai iššūkių; • trokšti pažinti aukšto lygio tarptautinių renginių organizavimo ypatumus; • esi atsakingas ir darbštus; • sugebi užduotis įgyvendinti iki galo; • nori užmegzti įdomių ryšių; • labai gerai kalbi ir rašai anglų kalba; • Tave domina demokratijos ir žmogaus teisių tematika ... esi žmogus, kurio mes ieškome! more
President of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy Emanuelis Zingeris condemns terrorist attack in Paris and expresses his deep condolences to the families of killed people January 07, 2015 “Neither Anders Behring Breivik, nor Muslim terrorists who are killing journalists today, nor the Dombass bandits will impede the spread of the ideas brought about by the French Revolution and Thomas Jefferson. They will not manage to tear away the world created by the democratic ideas of Emilija Pliaterytė, Kostas Kalinauskas, the Polish Solidarity movement, the Czech Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedoms and the democratic ideas of the Lithuanian Sąjūdis Movement. It is these ideas that have informed the strength of the European Union and have shaped a new world order. I therefore invite all democrats to unite against the belligerent radicals that are dragging the world back to the Middle Ages due to their black-and-white mindsets! Let us pool our efforts to defend our Freedom against the abuse and injustice they sow.” more
Parliamentary Forum for Democracy Activities Report (September - December, 2014) December 05, 2014 Parliamentary Forum for Democracy Activities Report has been presented at the Community of Democracies Governing Council meeting in San Salvador. more
The Third International Young Leaders Academy: Youth Participation in Politics: Challenges and Opportunities October 15, 2014 The Seimas of the Republic of Lithuania hosted the Third International Young Leaders Academy Youth Participation in Politics: Challenges and Opportunities on 13–15 October, 2014. This annual event organized by the Young Leaders Forum has brought together more than 60 young leaders from Europe Eastern Partnership countries – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine – and Lithuania. more
Moldovan parliament staffers visit the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy June 26, 2014 Presentation of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy to the Moldovan parliament staffers during their study visit to Lithuania. more
Parliamentary Forum for Democracy Activities Report (January-June, 2014) June 26, 2014 Parliamentary Forum for Democracy Activities Report was presented at the Community of Democracies Governing Council meeting in Warsaw. more
Community of Democracies Governing Council meets in Warsaw in month that celebrates democracy in Poland June 26, 2014 June has been a symbolic month for democracy in Poland. The country commemorated the 25th anniversary of its first partially free post-war elections, and the Community celebrated 14 years since the signing of the Warsaw Declaration – the founding document of the Community of Democracies. In this festive atmosphere, the Governing Council of the Community met for the 13th time. more
PFD Member the U.S. Senator Mr McCain visited Lithuania April 16, 2014 On April 16th the U.S. Congressional delegation, consisted of Senators John McCain (the Senate Armed Services Committee), John Barrasso (the Senate Foreign Relations Committee), On April 16th the U.S. Congressional delegation, consisted of Senators John McCain (the Senate Armed Services Committee), John Barrasso , John Hoeven (the Senate Foreign Relations Committee), and Ron Johnson (the Senate Appropriations Committee), participated in the open discussion at the Vilnius University organized by the Ronald Reagan House and delivered remarks on Ukraine, Russia and European security more
Meeting with delegation from the Moldovan parliament April 16, 2014 Representatives of the parliamentary fractions of different parties and assistants of the Members of the Moldavian Parliament came to Lithuania to share best practices on everyday parliamentary work. — Parliamentary Forum for Democracy. more
PFD members‘ statement on the eve of an eventual big war in the Eastern Europe March 27, 2014 more
Parliamentary Forum for Democracy convened a meeting of its Governing Council, 27 March 2014 in Brussels, Belgium March 27, 2014 more
PFD Annual General Assembly and the Governing Council meeting, 27 March, 2014 March 25, 2014 more
PFD President’s letter to the parliaments of the EU Presidential troika and the Republic of Latvia regarding critical situation in Ukraine March 05, 2014 Stemming from its unwillingness to accept Ukrainian aspirations to join the European Union (EU), Russia has invaded and is occupying parts of the sovereign territory of Ukraine, a country which is a member of many international organizations. Russia’s military invasion is violation of international law. The international community should stand united in protecting the integrity of international law as embodied in the UN Charter, Helsinki Final Act and other international instruments. more
PFD Statement regarding critical situation in Ukraine February 19, 2014 The Parliamentary Forum for Democracy (PFD) urges all members and fellow parliamentarians worldwide to condemn the violent actions today, 18 February 2014, in Kiev, Ukraine by the Ukrainian authorities against the peaceful protestors in Ukraine, particularly those in and around the "Maidan" square. The use of brutal and deadly force against peaceful protestors is unacceptable. It is a violation of human rights and an affront the values and principles of democracy we all hold so dear. more
Presentation of the book “Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law” February 19, 2014 On February 19, 2014, IIRPS VU held a presentation of the book “Why Europe Needs a Magnitsky Law”. more
The U.S. Congressman and the Member of the Governing Council of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy (PFD) M. Diaz-Balart's letter to the PFD Members February 06, 2014 Over the past few weeks, repression in Cuba has increased considerably. The Cuban Commission for Human Rights and National Reconciliation reports that repression in Cuba has included 1,052 political arrests. Well-known activists such as Jose Daniel Ferrer of the Patriotic Union of Cuba (UNPACU), Guillermo Farinas, winner of the European Parliament’s Sakharov award, and Dr. Oscar Elias Biscet, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, were harassed by Castro’s thugs and detained or placed on house arrest. more
The Parliamentary Forum for Democracy delegation participated at the International Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27, 2014 more
2014 World Freedom Day Celebrations & WLFD‧APLFD General Conference in Taiwan January 23, 2014 Parliamentary Forum for Democracy Chairman Emanuelis Zingeris participated at the 2014 World Freedom Day Celebrations & WLFD‧APLFD General Conference in Taiwan and gave a presentation “Nation with Ambition: Parliamentary Legitimacy as a Tool- Lithuanian Example”. more
Meeting with Burma’s democracy leader and Nobel Peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi January 21, 2014 During the special trip to Asia, Parliamentary Forum for Democracy Chairman Emanuelis Zingeris met the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and discussed future cooperation in the international framework of parliamentarians for democracy. more
An International Project of the Lithuanian Development Cooperation and Democracy Promotion Programme in Chisinau, Moldova: the international round-table workshop “Development of Professional Competencies in Drafting, Execution and Control of a State Budge December 19, 2013 Parliamentary Forum for Democracy in partnership with the Foreign Policy Association of Moldova and the Lithuanian Embassy to the Republic of Moldova has held the international round-table workshop “Development of Professional Competencies in Drafting, Execution and Control of a State Budget” in Chisinau, Moldova. The initiative aims to enhance professional competence of assistants of Moldovan parliamentarians from different parties and representatives from various non-governmental organizations in policy-making of planning, execution and control of the state budget. more
International round table-workshop “Development of professional competencies in drafting, execution and control of a state budget” December 18, 2013 more
Collapse of the Soviet empire has started after 23 years in Kiev! December 03, 2013 more
Statement of the Members of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy on the Course of the Europe Eastern Partnership program and the Hopes of Ukrainians November 28, 2013 more
Meeting of the Extraordinary General Assembly of Parliamentary Forum for Democracy, Vilnius, Lithuania November 27, 2013 Meeting of the Extraordinary General Assembly of PFD more
Meeting of the Chairpersons of the Committees on Foreign Affairs of Parliaments of the European Union and the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy “Parliaments for democracy: towards more ambitious global cooperation” November 27, 2013 The Eastern Partnership issues, democratic development and lessons learned to be discussed at the parliamentary dimension event of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU. more
The UN Watch requested the assistance of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy to help collecting signatures for a public opposition to the candidacy of the Russian Federation, China, Vietnam and Saudi Arabia for seats in the Human Rights Council November 11, 2013 more
Statement of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy on the blocked presidential elections in the Maldives October 30, 2013 The Parliamentary Forum for Democracy is gravely concerned about the police of Maldives blocking the presidential election scheduled for October 19, 2013, by entering the offices of the Maldives Election Commission and stopping officials distributing election materials. more
Oops: Azerbaijan released election results before voting had even started October 09, 2013 http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2013/10/09/oops-azerbaijan-released-election-results-before-voting-had-even-started/ more
The Parliamentary Forum for Democracy participated in a workshop in Libya to support Constitution drafting process in Libya September 28, 2013 The American Bar Association, Rule of Law Initiative (ABA ROLI) invited the PFD for the implementation of its project titled “Support to Constitution Drafting Processes in Libya”. more
Conference to Honor International Day of Democracy (September 18, 2013 in Washington DC) September 09, 2013 The Role of Parliamentarians in Strengthening Democracy. A Conference to Honor International Day of Democracy more
Second International Young Leaders Academy entitled with "Democracy Development in the European Eastern Partnership countries: Challenges and Opportunities” September 08, 2013 On the 6th -- 8th of September, in Vilnius, on the occasion Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the EU, the Second International Young Leaders Academy entitled with "Democracy Development in the European Eastern Partnership countries: Challenges and Opportunities” was held at the Institute of International Relations and Political Science at Vilnius University. more
The International Parliamentarians’ Coalition for North Korean Refugees and Human Rights International Conference August 09, 2013 more
President of PF Mr. Zingeris welcomes EuroLat PA at the Seimas July 16, 2013 more
Lithuanians are assisting Tunisians in political transition June 17, 2013 The Parliamentary Forum for Democracy was invited for the second time to Tunisia on 14 June to share parliamentary experiences, both theoretical and practical about transitional justice with encouraged, enthusiastic young participants of the Tunisian School of Politics. more
The International Delegation of the Parliamentary Democracy Forum in Tunisia: Capacity Building of Democratic Institutions June 12, 2013 There will be held the Tunisian School of Politics on June 13 – 15 th in Hammamet for the second consecutive year, where the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy (hereinafter - PFD) experts are invited, and who will present one of the relevant topics for this country such as the transitional justice. The lectures and seminars are aimed at young Tunisian politicians and the Members of the Parliament during which the topics such as key parliamentary functions and procedures (legislative, law enforcement and representation, etc.) will be delivered. more
Politics is not for superheroes May 10, 2013 “I’M A TROUBLE MAKER,” Laura Alonso told me. “I’ve been one all my life.” Alonso, an outspoken congresswoman in Argentina representing Buenos Aires, sat down to share her thoughts on leadership for our “Micro Management Stories” video series. Alonso took office in December 2009, after years of working as an activist for greater transparency in government. She was serving as the executive director of the large nonprofit Poder Ciudadano (Transparency International’s Argentine arm), when she decided it was time to change her government from the inside rather than the outside. more
Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland to the Hon Michael Danby May 02, 2013 Michael Danby has been awarded the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland by the Polish Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Honourable Mr Radoslaw Sikorski, at the Polish consulate in Sydney today. more
VII Ministerial Conference of the Community of Democracies in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia 2013 April 27, 2013 more
More than fifty members of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy network expressed support to the appeal to International Inquiry into the Death of Oswaldo Paya March 26, 2013 more
Speaker of the Seimas meets Secretary General of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy to discuss the key tasks of the Forum March 22, 2013 more
Parliamentary Forum for Democracy delegation participated at the Tunisian School of Politics November 10, 2012 Today, a group of Parliamentary Forum for Democracy participated in the Tunisian School of Politics (further – TSoP). The delegation consisted of Mr Emanuelis Zingeris - Chairman of the Lithuanian Parliament Committee on Foreign Affairs, Chairman of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy, Vice President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Signatory to the Act on the Re-establishment of the State of Lithuania, Mr Matyas Eorsi - Former MP in Hungary and former Leader of ALDE at PACE, Ms Hanneke Gelderblom-Lankhout - Former Member of the Dutch Parliament and Ms Viktorija Bražiūnaitė – Interim Director of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy, Chairman of the Young Leaders Forum. more
MEDIA RELEASE: Parliamentarians from around the world hopeful after Myanmar election April 02, 2012 Members of the Parliamentary Forum for Democracy have welcomed the election of Aung San Suu Kyi to the Parliament of Myanmar over the weekend. Ms. Suu Kyi, who spent most of the past 22 years under house arrest, is set to enter parliament for the first time. more
PFD Raising awareness of North Korean Refugees problem March 05, 2012 In late February 2012 PFD spoke with the office of South Korean MP Park Sun-young and the National Endowment for Democracy regarding the plight of a group of North Korean refugees. more
MEDIA RELEASE Election in Misrata 20 February 2012 February 20, 2012 Parliamentary Forum for Democracy Members Cautiously Welcome Libya’s First Multiparty Election Since the 1970s more