Fake Elections: Legitimizing dictatorships?

Election observers are threatened, harassed and arrested in many neighboring countries. Still, they keep up their work.

During this election, 26 international observers will travel all over Norway, looking at the Norwegian democracy through the eyes of someone living in a dictatorship.

Several authoritarian states regularly invite international observers to attend their elections. Does election observation sometimes help legitimize, perhaps even strengthen, authoritarian regimes?

This is what an international panel of observers will discuss. Bjørn Engesland, Secretary General, Norwegian Helsinki Committee, will also present the findings from the observers.

The panel:
• Viktoriya Tyuleneva, director of Freedom House Kazakhstan
• Mammad Mammadzad, acting executive director of EMDS, Azerbaijan
• Artsiom Harbatsevich, journalist at Nasha Niva, Belarus
• Tore Wig, Senior Researcher at PRIO

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