International Day of Democracy 2017

Statement by Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland
Strasbourg 15 September 2017
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Thorbjørn Jagland

Thorbjørn Jagland

“In today’s Europe, there are forces that want to undermine democracy and turn back the clock.  That’s why we should celebrate this year’s International Democracy day with greater noise, effort and organisation than ever before.

Democracy, human rights and the rule of law fit together to the benefit of citizens in Europe and across the world.  Democratic governance creates freedom, fosters opportunity and counters corruption in society.  It also supports fair political competition with outcomes and institutions that foster public trust.

So when these values are under attack, we should double-down, not doubt ourselves.

The Council of Europe will continue its mission to promote common standards for democracy, to monitor their respect by our Member States and to support, multiply and enhance different forms of participation of citizens in public life at all levels.

On September 15 – and every day – let democrats hold their heads high and speak for their ideals.”