This year’s edition will gather around 200 representatives from over forty countries: human rights defenders, representatives of the civil society, international organisations and embassies. The sessions have been divided into four panel discussions: Youth Contributions to Democracy, Tackling Challenges for Independent Media, Building Bridges through Transitional Justice, Interreligious Engagement, Reconciliation, and Democracy.
The IPN is the organizer of the panel Building Bridges through Transitional Justice, devoted to the settlements with the totalitarian past and regimes violating basic human rights. The speakers will be: Prof. Paulo de Carvalho, University Agostinho Neto (Angola), Prof. Jae-Chun Won, Lecturer at the Handong Global University (Republic of Korea), Ms. Farah Hached, President of Labo' Démocratique (Tunisia),Mr. Robert Kopydłowski, Prosecutor at the Institute of National Remembrance (Poland). Mr. David Ndii, Managing Director of Africa Economics (Kenya) was also invited to participate in the panel, but he was arrested last Sunday. The panel will be moderated by Dr Rafał Leśkiewicz, former director of the Archive of the IPN and currently Director of the IPN IT Office. The Division of International Relations at the IPN’s Office of the President was responsible for the organisation of the panel.
The aim of the session is showing a wide spectrum of cases, including the Angola peace process, the Arab Spring, the fall of communism in Poland, as well as possible scenarios in the case of potential restoration of justice in North Korea. Regardless of the fact how hard the bringing of perpetrators to court may seem, it is our moral obligation to seek justice and forms of compensation for the victims. The panel will explore how a wide ranging dialogue that involves vulnerable and minority groups can build bridges between conflict parties, thus contributing to social cohesion and long-lasting peace..
The IPN wishes to share its experience and expertise resulting from the Polish economic and political transformation processes after 1989. It also aims at educating on appropriate preparatory steps which ought to be taken by societies and help in the search for solutions that facilitate resolving historical disputes.
To learn more about the event, go to: http://www.msz.gov.pl/pl/p/wdd_pl/warszawski_dialog_na_rzecz_demokracji
The agenda will also include sighteeing of the Royal Castle Museum in Warsaw.