Anders Sjögren lectures at the Swedish Forum for Human Rights

2018-11-08

Anders Sjögren, researcher at the Department of Government, participates in the seminar "Is development possible in a shrinking democratic space?" Friday 16 November 14:30–15:30 at Stockholmsmässan in Älvsjö.

Anders Sjögren

There are many signs of democratic progress in several African countries – but parallel to this we also see increasing threats to the freedom and rights of journalists, academic researchers and civil society. New laws, threats and violence reduce the space where these groups, which play a central role in safeguarding and strengthening democracy, can work and act. 

With East Africa as a starting point and Kenya as the example, the seminar will highlight the global issue of Shrinking Space. In Kenya the trend is obvious: NGOs, human rights defenders and journalists are subjected to attacks and harassment. The government’s language towards NGOs is gradually getting harsher and in the beginning of the year three TV stations were closed during a politically sensitive period. What are the short-term and long-term consequences? Can a country continue to develop while the freedom of expression is being reduced? What can the targeted groups do to counteract this trend and how do they find new ways to work?

Guests from Sweden and Kenya will describe general developments in the region, give examples of specific incidents and discuss what can be done to counteract the negative developments.

Other lectures are:

  • Carin Jämtin, Sida
  • George Gachara, The NEST
  • Svein-Erik Helle, CMI

Moderator is Marika Griehsel 

Find out more about the seminar on The Swedish Forum for Human Rights


The Swedish Forum for Human Rights 2018, 15-17th of November, Stockholm

The Swedish Forum for Human Rights is the biggest Nordic annual forum for human rights. Every year thousands of participants from non-governmental organizations, businesses and authorities as well as teachers, researchers and students take part in nearly 200 seminars and workshops.

The Swedish Forum for Human Rights

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Anders Sjögren lectures at the Swedish Forum for Human Rights

2018-11-08

Anders Sjögren, researcher at the Department of Government, participates in the seminar "Is development possible in a shrinking democratic space?" Friday 16 November 14:30–15:30 at Stockholmsmässan in Älvsjö.

Anders Sjögren

There are many signs of democratic progress in several African countries – but parallel to this we also see increasing threats to the freedom and rights of journalists, academic researchers and civil society. New laws, threats and violence reduce the space where these groups, which play a central role in safeguarding and strengthening democracy, can work and act. 

With East Africa as a starting point and Kenya as the example, the seminar will highlight the global issue of Shrinking Space. In Kenya the trend is obvious: NGOs, human rights defenders and journalists are subjected to attacks and harassment. The government’s language towards NGOs is gradually getting harsher and in the beginning of the year three TV stations were closed during a politically sensitive period. What are the short-term and long-term consequences? Can a country continue to develop while the freedom of expression is being reduced? What can the targeted groups do to counteract this trend and how do they find new ways to work?

Guests from Sweden and Kenya will describe general developments in the region, give examples of specific incidents and discuss what can be done to counteract the negative developments.

Other lectures are:

  • Carin Jämtin, Sida
  • George Gachara, The NEST
  • Svein-Erik Helle, CMI

Moderator is Marika Griehsel 

Find out more about the seminar on The Swedish Forum for Human Rights


The Swedish Forum for Human Rights 2018, 15-17th of November, Stockholm

The Swedish Forum for Human Rights is the biggest Nordic annual forum for human rights. Every year thousands of participants from non-governmental organizations, businesses and authorities as well as teachers, researchers and students take part in nearly 200 seminars and workshops.

The Swedish Forum for Human Rights