Asia Democracy Conference (ADC) / Jakarta, Indonesia

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Jakarta, Indonesia – From August 21-22, the Asia Democracy Network and the Korea Democracy Foundation with the support of the Asia  Foundation and local host INFID held a semi-academic Asia Democracy Conference in Jakarta, Indonesia.The main purpose is to assess the state of democracy in terms of emerging challenges and opportunities with the goal of developing collective perspectives and strategies for international cooperation and solidarity action among civil society organizations, democracy

The main purpose was to assess the state of democracy in terms of emerging challenges and opportunities with the goal of developing collective perspectives and strategies for international cooperation and solidarity action among civil society organizations, democracy advocates, and academia.

The ADC 2017 was held against the backdrop of the 30th anniversary of Korea’s 1987 June 10th Democratic Uprising, which was inspired by the EDSA People Power in 1986 in the Philippines. Korea’s peaceful people’s candlelight demonstrations demanding justice leading to the impeachment of the national president, have revived faith in the democratic process. Importantly, we saw the voice of the people maintaining accountability of national institutions as seen through the impeachment being confirmed through the National Assembly and the Constitutional Court. Then finally, through peaceful elections, we saw a record voter turnout placing Moon Jae-In in office on May 9, 2017.  This modern day story of People Power has set a prime model for democratic values and processes and carries deep implications for the future of democracy in Asia.

The following topics were addressed which is in line with the thematic priorities of the ADN 2016-2017;

1)     The historical evolution and the future of democracy movements in Asia

2)     Culture and democracy – religious fundamentalism, intolerance and extremism 

3)     Economy and democracy – Inequality and sustainable development

There were approximately 40 participants from the region and the wider Jakarta area.

The panel on Inclusive and “Participatory Democracy for Sustainable Development in Indonesia”  was particularly beneficial in giving insight into the background and current state of democracy in Indonesia.

The ADC was a space where academia and members of civil society came together to discuss democracy progress in Asia. It allowed for the further collaboration to take what is happening into on the ground to the democracy and human rights discourse to make effective policy.

We hope to further continue this collaboration and cooperation.