In the context of the new Action Plan on Human Right and Democracy, ENoP has prepared a statement, providing a number of recommendations for the programme period 2020-2024.
The statement highlights the importance of democracy in the Action Plan and assigning to it equal importance as the one given to human rights.
Democracy is a mechanism to organise and manage society built on fundamental freedoms including freedom of expression and information, of assembly and association. In societies where the democratic concept is not used as a basis for the development of structures and procedures of government and political decision‐making, there is little chance that basic human rights will be respected.
Democracy is therefore not just a secondary mechanism, which follows on from the existence of basic human rights, but also a precondition for effectively securing basic rights in a society.
Therefore, ENoP calls on the EU to highlight the strong linkages between human rights and democracy in its next generation Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy (2020‐2024) and to accord democracy support with at least the same importance as the protection of human rights receives.