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Youth and Democracy

The Criminalization of Youth Civic Participation by Authoritarian Democracies in Africa

10:30 – 15:00 CET / 18:30 – 23:00 KST

Online event

In the analysis of the crisis of political participation in democratizing countries like those in Africa, an important phenomenon often goes unnoticed: the rise of the criminalization of political expression and the defense of rights by the State, which affects populations, especially the younger generations, considered as criminals, enemies of the nation, or terrorists under various laws. This online event aimed to analyze the manifestations and forms of legitimization of this criminalization of youth participation. The analysis conducted focused on shedding light on the central political factors enabling the justification and legitimization surrounding the abuses committed by a State supposed to promote the participation of its youth, who are an essential pillar of the future of democracy.

*This event was cancelled due to internet disruptions, however a summary of related research findings can be accessed via the link above.
*For more information, please contact Metsagho Mekontcho (


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