Human rights in the World - 2017 was yet another year of setbacks
A continued backlash against civil society in an increasingly challenging international context. These are some of the conclusions of the EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2017, adopted by the European Council.
ALDE MEP, Petras Auštrevičius (Liberal Movement of Lithuania), European Parliament’s rapporteur on this issue, said the report’s findings are very worrying and that the EU must step up its human rights efforts:
“Human rights and democracy remain at the forefront of the EU`s Global Strategy for Foreign and Security Policy. However, it is regrettable that 2017 was yet another year marked by an overall deterioration of human rights, shrinking of civil society space and weakening of democratic mechanisms in many countries. This year we will celebrate 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the 30th anniversary of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought and 20th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights Defenders -- this is the right time for a radical change.”
“It is crucial for the EU to step up its efforts to promote human rights in its external affairs by building global pro human rights partnerships via diplomacy, focusing on concrete action and initiatives on the ground and the empowerment of civil society and human rights actors.”
The EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World 2017 is available here.