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Panel Discussion on Democracy - 35th Meeting 23rd Regular Session of Human Rights Council
11 Jun 2013 -  Panel discussion on common challenges facing States in their efforts to secure democracy and the rule of law from a human rights perspective, and lessons learned and best practices in the engagement of the State with the international community to support such processes:
Opening statements :
Ms. Navanethem Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Ms. Imogen Foulkes, BBC correspondent to Geneva

Presentation 1: Parliaments, NHRIs and Civil Society
• H.E. Mr. Radu Podgorean, Secretary of State for Political Analysis and Relation with Parliament (Romania);
• H.E. Mr. Manuel Rodríguez Cuadros, Ambassador to UNESCO in Paris (Peru);
• Mr. Vidar Helgesen, Secretary General of International IDEA (Norway);
• Mr. Driss el-Yazami, President of the Moroccan National Human Rights Council (Morocco) ;
• Dr. Aisha Al-Mannai, Vice-President of Arab Parliament, League of the Arab States (Qatar);
• Ms. Brigitte Balipou, Member of the Executive Board of FAS (Central African Republic)
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35th Plenary Meeting 23rd Regular Session of the Human Rights Council.

HRC extranet (information on daily updates, draft documentation, copies of oral statements etc.)
European Union, Ms. Anne Koistinen
United States of America, Ms. Eilleen Chamberlain Donahoe
Algeria (on behalf of Arab Group), Ms. Sim Mellouh
Peru, Mr. Luis Enrique Chavez Basagoitia
Romania (on behalf of the Core Group), Ms. Maria Ciobanu
Austria (on behalf of Group of States), Mr. Gerold Vollmer
Thailand, Mr. Thani Thongphakdi
Morocco (on behalf of Group Francophone), Mr. Omar Hilale
Tunisia, Ms. Cherifaeyssar Kochlef
Bulgaria, Mr. Dimitar Philipov
Uruguay (on behalf of GRULAC), Ms. Daniela Pi
Maldives, Mr. Javed Faizal
European Disability Forum, Ms. Diana Yus
Indian Council of South America, Mr. Ronald Barne
Poland, Ms. Agata Duda-Ptonka
Ethiopia, Ms. Yanit Abena Hablemariam
Australia, Ms. Sally Dawkins
Angola, Mr. Makiese Kinkela Augusto
Sweden, Mr. Per Bergling
Cuba, Ms. Yurmika Palacios Fernandez
Sierra Leone, Ms. Yvette Stevens
Bahrain, Ms. Budoor Abdulatif Ahmed
Indonesia, Ms. Grata Werdaningtyas
Iran (Islamic Republic of), Mr. Mohsen Ghanei
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ms. Francesca Debenham
Algeria, Ms. Sim Mellouh
China, Mr. Cui Wei
Maarij Foundation for Peace and Development, Mr. Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri
Association of World Citizens, Ms. Geneviève Jourdan
Norway, Mr. Geir Sjoberg