Statements and opinions

This section reflects on the statements and initiatives in English. For more statements and opinions, please see the Czech version of the website.

  • DEMAS joins CSOs Open Letter to European and national leaders, initiated by European Civic Forum. The letter reminds key European stakeholders of the key role of civil society in democracy’s infrastructure and of the fact that the civil society’s critical role is not adequately reflected in the draft budget. You can find the full text of the open letter on the European Civic Forum webpage.
  • DEMAS supports Memorandum on restoring participation of the Russian delegation in the sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Signatories of the Memorandum – Members of the Steering Committee of the Eastern Partnership Civil Society Forum, Human Rights and Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (UHHRU) and DEMAS – call on the human rights and other civil society organisations of all Council of Europe’s countries, including the Russian civil society, to start an international NGO coalition whose aim is to uphold democratic values – and unite efforts to counter actions of international and EU institutions, which might pose a threat to democracy and security in Europe, as well as turn a blind eye to the violation of the principle of territorial integrity and human rights by the Russian Federation.
  • DEMAS joins the call initiated by Human Rights Watch to deny Venezuela’s bid to gain a seat in the UN Human Rights Council, which is subject of vote on 17 October, 2019. The whole text of the pledge and list of signatories can be found here.
  • DEMAS joins ’5 recommendations for EU leadership on democracy’ initiated by the European Partnership on Democracy. The statement calls on the new European Commission (including the High Representative), the new European Parliament as well as European governments to undertake the 5 following actions: 1. Prioritize democracy, 2. Develop a democracy support policy, 3. Define democracy support, 4. Adapt funding rules to democratisation, 5. Put people on democracy.
  • DEMAS joins the statement of the Human Rights and Democracy Network, HRDN How to make the European Parliament a more visible, consistent and coherent actor in defending human rights and democracy worldwide’. ’Following the European Parliament elections, new members will take their seats within different parliamentary Committees. The Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) believes that this is a timely moment to share recommendations, which would ensure that the European Parliament (EP) will be an important actor in defending democratic governance and human rights worldwide, notably through its Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI). With the backlash against human rights, the shrinking space for civil society and attacks on human rights defenders in many countries, the EP must be more efficient than ever in defending EU values.’
  • DEMAS supports Recommendations of the Human Rights and Democracy Network – HRDN – for a new EU Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy. ’At a time when human rights and democracy are under threat globally, when civil and political rights are in decline, when international institutions and laws are directly attacked by some governments, the EU should assert itself as a key actor to protect, promote and fulfil human rights and fundamental freedoms. HRDN reiterates its call for the EU and its Member States to be at the forefront of the international community in acting and speaking out against human rights violations, international crimes and disrespect for humanitarian law whenever and wherever they occur’.
  • Human Rights and Democracy Network, of which DEMAS is a member, organize “Free and Fair Europe” campaign. The initiative aims to reach candidates for the European Parliament in the May elections and to ask them to uphold the EU’s founding values – respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, rule of law and respect for human rights.
  • Promoting Human Rights and Democracy in the next EU Multi-annual Financial Framework. The 51 member organisations of the Human Rights and Democracy Network (HRDN) consider that the European Union’s commitments spelt out in Article 2 and 21 of the Treaty remain fully relevant. The EU institutions and its member states must guide the negotiations of the future Multi-annual Financial Framework (MFF) in a direction that reinforces human rights through the EU’s internal and external financial instruments.
  • Joint Position of the European Networks on Multi-annual Financial Framework 2021. On 20 February, European civil society networks CONCORD, EPLO, HRDN, and VOICE sent a joint letter to the European Heads of the State ahead of the Informal Meeting on 23 February 2018.
  • DEMAS joins the letter of the HRDN network addressed to the European Parliament President Martin Schulz. In this letter, HRDN organisations welcomes the EP decision to place the cases of breaches of human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
  • DEMAS supports the HRDN (Human Rights and Democracy Network) statement ’Human rights should underpin the new EU Global Strategy which pleads for the need of grounding the EU Global Strategy on human rights commitments.
  • DEMAS supports HRDN (Human Rights and Democracy Network) statement on the Council Conclusions on the action plan on human rights and democracy 2015 – 2019 entitled From words to action: Time for EU leadership to walk the talk on Human Rights and Democracy’.
  • DEMAS joins the HRDN statement ’The EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human rights and Democracy: Time for more collective political ambition’. The statement was issued on the second anniversary of announcement of the EU Strategic Framework and Action Plan on Human Rights and Democracy.