On the occasion of the International Day of Democracy, the European Union reaffirms its commitment towards democracy as a fundamental right of every human being. Every woman and every man has to be free to participate to the political, economic and social life of her or his country. No one should fear to speak up, to demonstrate peacefully, to go to vote or to expect fair and inclusive policies from a government. Democracy can only function if participation and trust between democratic state institutions, governments and citizens are guaranteed.
Faites la connaissance de Shirin, Nizar, Seiran, Diana, Yousef et Khaboor, six personnes parmi les milliers de Syriens et d'Iraquiens qui bénéficient de projets financés par le fonds fiduciaire régional de l'Union en réponse à la crise syrienne dans la région du Kurdistan iraquien.
Meet Shirin, Nizar, Seiran, Diana, Yousef and Khaboor, six among the thousands of Syrians and Iraqis benefitting from projects funded by the EU Regional Trust Fund in Response to the Syrian Crisis in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
On this first International Day commemorating the victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief, we pay tribute to all those around the world who lost their lives and suffered attacks because of their religion or belief. Persecution as a response to religious belief or affiliation, or lack thereof, is a violation of international law and requires joint work to combat it.