The global objective of this call is to support and empower civil society in protecting and promoting democracy, human rights and fundamental freedoms worldwide.
SHRINKING CIVIC, DEMOCRATIC AND CIVIL SOCIETY SPACE
The freedoms of association, peaceful assembly and expression are fundamental universal civil and political rights that underpin the respect for other human rights and democracy. Civic space (the legal and practical framework for the exercise of these freedoms)and democratic space (transparency and the possibility of civic and political participation, holding government to account, critique, dissent and contestation),are essential to the functioning of any democracy, to the effectiveness of human and economic development, and to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs).
Preventing and reversing shrinkage of civic, democratic and civil society space, and further opening and defending such space where there are opportunities to do so, are priorities in the EU’s strategic interest, reflecting its mandate to promote human rights and democratic values within the EU and in the world.
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Deadline for submission of concept notes: 20/11/2020 at 12:00 (Brussels date and time)