The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified human rights and democracy challenges in many parts of the world. That is why the EU has placed human rights front and centre of its foreign policy. This is one of the main features of the freshly adopted 2020 European Union Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World. While the world is confronted with unique challenges, the EU maintains its leading role in supporting human rights, democracy and rule of law, within its borders and across the globe.
This annual report marks the first phase of implementation of the new EU Action Plan and provides a first-hand insight on EU action in 2020. It monitors the implementation of the new EU Action Plan by presenting the progress achieved to date.
This report presents the general overview on human rights and democracy in the world.
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