Weak democratic institutions and a failure to improve the quality of life for millions have ushered in a new era of authoritarianism with a populist tinge in Latin America. The result: a step back for the rule of law and for democracy. Human rights and democracy organizations have tried to confront this challenge. But without a platform for exchanging ideas and coordinating activities, successes are only short-lived.
To help fill this gap, the first meeting of the Latin American Democracy Network was held in Panama City, Panama, on February 29. More than 140 leaders from non-governmental organizations, unions, judiciaries, and the public sector came together for the two-day meeting. Participants discussed how to consolidate the network so that it could defend and advance democratic practices in the region.
Speakers offered a clear vision for strengthening democracy. For example, Panama City Mayor Juan Carlos Navarro reinforced the importance of participatory democracy…
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