World NGO day: Statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell

February 27, 2023
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Around the world, non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) are at the forefront supporting those who are most in need. They are at frontline delivering humanitarian relief, documenting human rights abuses and violations, and advocating for climate justice and gender equality.


As we mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on this World NGO Day we pay tribute to civil society’s crucial role in upholding universal principles enshrined in this Declaration.


The work of NGOs fosters democracy, everywhere around the world. Their role is crucial to monitor and curb the abuse of power and for holding states accountable for human rights violations.


Yet, in many parts of the world, including in Europe, governments use legislation to restrict civic space, limit the activities of NGOs and their access to resources.


Human rights defenders put their lives at risk doing their job. They face threats and violent attacks, including killings.


This threatens the existence of civil society and ultimately undermines peace, sustainable development and the realisation of all human rights.

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Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia