15 September International Day of Democracy message from the EU: Confidence in democracy is falling

European authorities made statements just hours before the International Day of Democracy, on September 15th, when the state of democracy around the world is discussed.

High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Relations Josep Borrell and Vice President of the European Commission Dubravka Suica emphasized the importance of democratic values ‚Äč‚Äčaround the world in a written statement.

“People around the world continue to take action, risking their lives, demanding democracy. From Hong Kong to Lebanon, from Belarus to Sudan, behind the headlines and numbers are brave people of all origins. For sharing their commitment to democracy,” the statement said. We pay our respects to these people.” statements were included.

‘Trust in democratic institutions is declining’

Stating that Covid-19 is undermining democratic values, officials said, “Democratic institutions are being damaged all over the world. While people’s trust in democratic institutions and practices is decreasing, polarization is increasing. Disinformation is increasing with digital technology and social media.” used the phrases.

‘EU must continue to play a leading role in protecting democracy’

Stating that the EU is making great efforts to protect those who try to defend democracy despite all these difficulties, the statement said, “We take a leading role in promoting and protecting democracy around the world in order to ensure institutional checks and balances.” it was said.

In the statement, it was reminded that the European Union undertook 8 election missions as an observer in 2019 to protect human rights around the world.

“The European Union is built on a strong commitment to promote and protect democratic values, as well as human rights and the rule of law. Without democracy, peace and stability, there can be no long-term development and prosperity. We must continue to take a leading role.” said.

The United Nations General Assembly declared 15 September as the ‘International Democracy Day’ in 2007.

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