The Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy has been organized since 2012. It brings together civil society activists, academics and government representatives from around the world to discuss ways of promoting democracy. The conference is a platform for exchanging ideas and experiences in the area of consolidating democracy, strengthening democratic institutions, enhancing civil society and upholding human rights. Thus, each year it gives voice to human rights defenders from more than 30 countries and facilitates the exchange of local experiences and know-how.
The 2019 edition will explore themes related to the opportunities and challenges coming with freedom of religion or belief as one of the main pillars of democracy and a fundamental human right. Protection and promotion of freedom of religion and belief is a cornerstone of Poland’s human rights policy. As a country with a long tradition of peaceful co-existence of various religious groups within its territory, Poland attaches particular importance to interreligious dialogue. This topic acquires particular importance in a world where religion-motivated hatred and violence are becoming even more frequent. On the one hand, in some cases persons belonging to religious minorities are deprived of their political rights, which are so important in democracies, on the other – freedom of religion is interlinked with other fundamental freedoms, such as freedom of speech, association and assembly what constitutes basis of democratic societies.