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The Congress of Democrats from the Islamic World "convened in Istanbul, Turkey in April 2004. Delegates from predominantly Muslim countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East with practical experience in democratic governance gathered to discuss their personal experiences with democratic governance, highlight progress made in many predominantly Muslim countries, and address the challenges that face the movement toward democratic reform." [1]

Participants [2]

  • Mustapha Abubakar
  • Ahmed Hussein Al Basha
  • Ishak Alaton
  • Sharif Muhammad Hasan al-Banna
  • Madeleine Albright
  • Mockbul Ali
  • Mohammed AbdulQader Al-Jassem
  • Alhaji Rauf Aregbesola
  • Nerkez Arifhodzic
  • Ayse Arkis
  • David L. Arnett
  • Luis Ayala
  • Rokia Ba
  • Marouf Bakhit Nader
  • Pekin Baran
  • Jon Benjamin
  • Robert Benjamin
  • Nicole Bibbins Sedaca
  • Carol M. Browner
  • Shari Bryan
  • Rusen Cakir
  • Kim Campbell
  • Leslie Campbell
  • Ismail Cem
  • Haja Alari Cole
  • Yvette S. Daoud
  • Piet de Klerk
  • Will Derks
  • Alkis Diamantopoulos
  • Ivan Doherty
  • Walter Douglas
  • Cem Duna
  • Eric Edelman
  • Nihat Eski
  • Mehmet Mir Dengir Firat
  • Karen Fogg
  • Christopher Fomunyoh
  • David French
  • Njidda Ahmed Gella
  • Mehmet Gok
  • Husain Haqqani
  • Ratih Hardjono
  • Rachmawati Husein
  • Omar Kader
  • Lisa N. Kaplan
  • Farah Karimi
  • Suat Kiniklioglu
  • Emre Kocaoglu
  • Kemal Koprulu
  • Abdul-Rasheed Lawal
  • Mohammad Bakura Lawan
  • Michael Leir
  • Etyen Mahçupyan
  • Peter Manikas
  • Lies Marcoes-Natsir
  • Radwan Masmoudi
  • Roel von Meijenfeldt
  • Merat Mercan
  • Mohammed K. Ndanusa
  • Issa N'diaye
  • Annemie Neyts-Uyttebroeck
  • Hakeem Odumosu
  • Mostafa Sozel Ozel
  • Can Paker
  • Hafiz Pasha
  • Lord Adam Hafejee Patel
  • David L. Phillips
  • Amal Sabbagh
  • Federica Sabbati
  • Iqbal Akm Sacranie
  • Abdulaziz M. Sallam
  • Ali Sarikaya
  • Serif Sayin
  • Murat Sengul
  • Jakob Simonsen
  • Anna Maria Stame Cervone
  • Issa A. Suenu
  • Thierno Hady Thiam
  • Kadir Topbas
  • Esra Tozun
  • Haluk R. Tukel
  • Claire Van der Vaeren
  • Kenneth Wollack
  • David Yang
  • Takeo Yoshikawa
  • Manfred Ziemek

Delegates

Accessed August 2007: [3]

  • Salah Ali Abdulrahman is a Member of the Council of Representatives of the Kingdom of Bahrain. He is also the President of the National Islamic Forum.
  • Imam Addaruqutni is a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Indonesia, representing the National Mandate Party in the People’s Representative Council. He is also the former President of the Muhammadiyah Youth Movement.
  • Abdul-wahab Ahmed Al-Anesi is the Assistant Secretary-General of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform and the former Deputy Prime Minister of Yemen.
  • Mohammed Al-shaik Al-Abbas is a Member of the Council of Representatives of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Shaikh Mohammed Ateyatalla Al Khalifa is Minister-President of the Central Informatics Organization of the Kingdom of Bahrain.
  • Khaled Abdul wahab Al-Sharef is the Chairman of the Supreme Commission for Elections and Referenda and former Minister of State of the Republic of Yemen.
  • Amat Al-Aleem Alsoswa is the Minister of Human Rights of the Republic of Yemen. She has also served as the Assistant Deputy Minister of Information to the permanent committee of the Yemen General People’s Congress and as the Chairwoman of the Women’s National Committee.
  • Jumana Hussain Awadah is a member of the National Action Charter Society of the Kingdom of Bahrain and Editor of Al Ayam newspaper.
  • Mehmet Aydin is a Minister of State in the Republic of Turkey. Previously, he was the Dean of the Faculty of Divinity at Dokuz Eylül University Theology School in Yzmir. Dr. Aydin is also a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Congress of Democrats from the Islamic World.
  • Mamadou Lamine Ba is the Minister for International Cooperation of the Republic of Senegal. He is also the National Secretary for External Relations of the Senegalese Democratic Party.
  • Fatima Bel Mouddene is a Member of Parliament of the Kingdom of Morocco. She is also a member of the political office and organizational committee of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces and directs the party’s Committee on Women.
  • Soumia Benkhaldoun is a Member of Parliament of the Kingdom of Morocco, representing the Justice and Development Party. She is also a professor at the Faculty of Sciences in Kenitra.
  • Abbas Bu Safwan is a founding member of Al Wefaq in the Kingdom of Bahrain. He is also the news editor of Al-Wasat newspaper.
  • Mirsad Ceman is Chairman of the Legislative and Constitutional Committee in the Parliamentary Assembly House of Representatives of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is a founding member and former Vice President of the Party for Democratic Action and is currently a member of the Presidency of the party.
  • Saber Hossain Chowdhury is the Political Advisor to the President of the Awami League of Bangladesh. Previously, he was a Member of Parliament and the State Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.
  • Cemil Cicek is the Minister of Justice of the Republic of Turkey. Previously, he was a member of both the Conciliation Commission and Constitution Commission in the Turkish Grand National Assembly and a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe.
  • Nimet Cubukcu is a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Turkey, representing the Party of Justice and Development.
  • Zouboye Fatimata Dicko is the Vice President of the Women's Malian Lawyer Association. Previously, she was a professor of law in Bamako, Mali.
  • Abdulkarim El-Eryani is the Secretary-General of the Yemen General People's Congress Party and the Political Advisor to the President. Previously, he was the Prime Minster of the Republic of Yemen. He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Congress of Democrats from the Islamic World.
  • Saad-Dine Elotmani is a Member of Parliament in the Kingdom of Morocco and the Deputy Secretary-General of the Justice and Development Party.
  • Mohamed Elyazghi is the Minister of Country Planning, Water Resources and Environment of the Kingdom of Morocco. He is also the Secretary General of the Socialist Union of Popular Forces.
  • Mamadou Gakou is the President of the Convention People’s Party in the Republic of Mali. Previously, he was the Vice President of the National Assembly.
  • Halid Genjac is a Member of Parliamentary Assembly House of Peoples in the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, representing the Party of Democratic Action. He is also President of Bosniak Caucus.
  • Emre Gonensay is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs and a former Member of Parliament of the Republic of Turkey. He has also served as Ambassador-at-Large and Chief Advisor to the President.
  • Azra Hadziahmetovic is a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly House of Representatives in the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina and a Member of the Presidency of the Party for Bosnia-Herzegovina. She was formerly the Minister of Foreign Trade and Economic Relations.
  • Nada Abbas Haffadh is a Member of the Shura Consultative Council of the Kingdom of Bahrain and a member of the Supreme Council for Women.
  • Kamal Hossain is the President of the People’s Forum of Bangladesh and former Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  • A. Muhaimin Iskandar is the Deputy Speaker of the Republic of Indonesia’s People’s Representative Council and the Deputy Chairman of the National Awakening Party. He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Congress of Democrats from the Islamic World.
  • Mahamadou Issoufou is the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Niger. He is currently the President of the Tarraya Party for Democracy and Socialism.
  • Sanoussi Tambari Jackou is the President of the PNA-Al’ouma Party in the Republic of Niger. He is a former Member of Parliament and served as the first Vice President of the National Assembly.
  • Abdul Rahman Mohammed Saif Jamsheer is the First Deputy Chairman of the Shura Council to the Kingdom of Bahrain and President of the National Charter Action Society. He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Congress of Democrats from the Islamic World.
  • Alhaji Dr. Ahmad Tejan Kabbah is the President of the Republic of Sierra Leone. Previously, he was the Deputy Chief of the West Africa Division of the United Nations Development Programme.
  • Mohammad Kamruzzaman is the Assistant Secretary General of Jamaat-e-Islami Bangladesh. He is also a Chargé of the Secretary of Foreign Affairs of the Jamaat-e-Islami.
  • Abdoulaye Elimane Kane is the National Secretary and Spokesperson of the Socialist Party of Senegal. He is also a professor at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal.
  • Mir Mohammad Rezaul Karim is the Advisor to the Chairperson of the Bangladesh Nationalist Party. Previously, he was the High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka and Ambassador to China, the Soviet Union and numerous other countries for the People’s Republic of Bangladesh.
  • Naima Khaldoun is a Member of Parliament of the Kingdom of Morocco, representing the Independence Party. She is President of the party’s Organization of Women.
  • Ziaur Rahman Khan is a Member of Parliament of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, representing the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, and serves as Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Previously he was the executive editor and political columnist for The New Nation.
  • Momodu Koroma is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Republic of Sierra Leone and former Minister of Presidential Affairs.
  • Mohand Laenser is the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development of the Kingdom of Morocco. He is also the Secretary General of the Popular Movement.
  • Zlatko Lagumdzija is the former Prime Minister of Bosnia and currently serves as a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly House of Representatives and President of the Social Democratic Party of the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina. He is also a member of the International Advisory Committee for the Congress of Democrats from the Islamic World.
  • Maqo Lakrori is a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Albania, representing the Socialist Party. He is the former Minister of Education.
  • Dwi Ria Latifa is a Member of the Republic of Indonesia’s People’s Representative Council, representing the Democratic Party of Struggle. She is also one of the founders and General Secretary of the Legal Aid Institute for Justice for Indonesian Women.
  • Minkailu Mansaray is a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone, representing the All People’s Congress Party. He is also a member of the Board of Governors of the College of Business Studies.
  • Ibrahim Nasir Mantu is the Deputy President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He is also Deputy Speaker of Parliament for the Economic Community of West African States.
  • Aminu Bello Masari is the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing the People’s Democratic Party.
  • Taher N. Masri is the Arab League Commissioner for Civil Societies and the former Prime Minister of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.
  • Rexhep Meidani is the former President of the Republic of Albania and the former General Secretary of the Socialist Party of Albania. He is currently a member of the Club of Madrid.
  • Marwan Muasher is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. He previously served as the Ambassador of Jordan to the United States of America.
  • Wusu B. Munu is a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Sierra Leone, representing the All People’s Congress. He was formerly the Permanent Secretary to the Second Vice President of Sierra Leone.
  • Hilmo Neimarlija is a Member of the Parliamentary Assembly House of Peoples in the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, representing the Party for Democratic Action. Previously, he was a professor at the College of Islamic Sciences in Sarajevo.
  • Mame Bassine Niang is the Minister for Human Rights of the Republic of Senegal. She previously served as an attorney for the government of Senegal. She is also Vice President of the International Federation of Women Lawyers.
  • Yasin Saeed Noman is a member of the Central Committee of the Yemeni Socialist Party and former Speaker of Parliament.
  • Ibrahima Nomao is a Member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Niger, representing the Party for Democracy and Socialism-Tarayya.
  • Sokol Olldashi is a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Albania. He is also the National Chairman of the Democratic Party Youth Forum and Secretary for Partnership.
  • Diarra Haoua Ouattara is a member of the Women Department Bureau of Rally for Mali and a former Member of Parliament in the Republic of Mali.
  • Mahamane Ousmane is the former President of the Republic of Niger. He is currently the President of the National Assembly in Niger and President of the Committee on Human Rights of Parliamentarians of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
  • Mohammad Mohammad Qahtan is the Head of Political Department of the Yemeni Congregation for Reform and a scholar of Islam and democracy.
  • Ghulam Muhammed Quader is a Member of Parliament of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh. He is also the Presidium Member of the Jatiya Party.
  • Lukman Hakim Saifuddin is a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Indonesia, representing the United Development Party in the People’s Representative Council. Previously, he was a Project Manager of the Irian Jaya Community at Helen Keller International.
  • Oumou Ba Sangare is a Member of Parliament of the Republic of Mali, representing the Rally for Mali. She is also the President of the party’s National Union of Women.
  • Saudatu Sani is a Member of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, representing the People’s Democratic Party, and Chair of the Committee on Women’s Affairs and Youth Development. Previously, she was the Commissioner for the Kaduna State Ministry of Women’s Affairs.
  • Kadi Sesay is the Minister of Trade, Industry and State Enterprises of Sierra Leone. Previously, she was the Minister of Development and Economic Planning.
  • Basma bint Talal is the Chair of the Jordanian Hashemite Fund for Human Development. She is also the Chair of the Jordanian National Commission for Women and the Jordanian National Forum for Women.
  • Jozefina Topalli is the Deputy Chairwoman of Parliament of the Republic of Albania. She is also the Vice Chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Albania.
  • Mesut Yilmaz is the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Turkey. He is currently a visiting professor at Ruhr University in Germany.
  • Adil Zulfikarpasic is the Founder and President of the Bosniac Institute and the Foundation Adil Zulfikarpasic.

Funding

Accessed August 2007: [4]

  • Kingdom of Bahrain
  • Kingdom of Belgium
  • Canadian International Development Agency
  • Friedrich Naumann Foundation
  • Government of Ireland
  • Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality
  • National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
  • Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Netherlands Institute for Multiparty Democracy
  • Rockefeller Brothers Fund
  • Turkish Democracy Foundation
  • Turkish Economic and Social Studies Foundation
  • Turkish Industrialists' and Businessmen's Association
  • United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office
  • United Nations Development Programme
  • United Nations Foundation
  • U.S. Department of State Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
  • Westminster Foundation for Democracy
  • Republic of Yemen

See also

References

  1. Home page, Congress of Democrats from the Islamic World, accessed July 7, 2007.
  2. Participants, Congress of Democrats from the Islamic World, accessed July 7, 2007.
  3. Delegates, Congress of Democrats from the Islamic World, accessed August 20, 2007.
  4. Sponsors, Congress of Democrats from the Islamic World, accessed August 20, 2007.

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