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Mark Palmer Forum

The Mark Palmer Forum for the Advancement of Democracy honors the legacy of Ambassador Mark Palmer, long-time Freedom House trustee and vice chairman. 

The Palmer Forum includes an annual conference with leading policymakers and experts, and programs by human rights defenders and leading digital activists, exploring ways to improve global prospects for strengthening human rights and democracy. The Palmer Forum seeks to improve understanding of best practices for democratic transitions to succeed, promotes collaboration among key civil society partners, and gives policymakers the chance to hear directly from human rights activists.


Oct 17 2019 - 9:00am

November 9, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This event, combined with the Soviet Union’s collapse in 1991, cleared the way for the formation or restoration of liberal democratic institutions not only in Eastern Europe, but around the world.

Oct 24 2018 - 9:00am to 3:15pm

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Mar 23 2018 - 12:00pm to 4:15pm

The Mark Palmer Forum for the Advancement of Democracy will examine the challenge posed by modern authoritarianism and how governments and activists may overcome it.

Aug 23 2017 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Please join The Mark Palmer Forum for the Advancement of DemocracyEl Tiempo Latino, and Tu País Foundation for a panel-style event with OAS Secretary General Luis Almagro, Venezuela’s Supreme Court justices Antonio José Marval Jiménez and Alejandro Jesús Rebolledo, and Julio Borges, the president of the National Assembly, to discuss the death of democracy in Venezuela.

Oct 24 2016 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

The Mark Palmer Forum for the Advancement of Democracy presents "Moving Beyond Emergency Response: Protecting Human Rights for LGBTI People" Click here to register.

Sep 22 2016 - 5:00pm

 The 2016 Mark Palmer Prize has been awarded to the Organization of American States Secretary General Luis Almagro, and Ambassador Deborah Lyons, former Canadian ambassador to Afghanistan.

Sep 8 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm

Join us for the Mark Palmer Forum for the Advancement of Democracy annual conference, "Revitalizing Democracy Support in Troubled Times." Click here to register.

May 26 2016 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Please join us for a panel discussion on the current dynamics and possible directions of the crisis in Venezuela. Click here to register.

Feb 24 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Mark Palmer Forum for the Advancement of Democracy presents Challenges to Democracy in Hong Kong. Click here to register.

Nov 19 2015 - 3:00pm

Please join us as we welcome two renowned human rights defenders from Belarus and Kazakhstan for an honest discussion of current governance and civil society trends in Eurasia.


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