European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights (EIDHR)

European Instrument for Democracy & Human Rights (EIDHR)

The European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR) provides assistance to the development and consolidation of democracy, the rule of law and the respect for all human rights and fundamental freedoms.


The EIDHR enables the EU to provide more support for the development of thriving civil societies and their specific role as key actors for positive change in support to human rights emergencies and more support for international and regional human rights protection mechanisms. Support is given to carrying out electoral observation missions, following up their recommendations and improving democratic and electoral processes.

The EIDHR's objectives have been better defined with respect to the protection of human rights and support of democratic processes, including in particular:

  • A stronger wording on the role of civil society, including a specific reference to the cooperation between civil society, local authorities and relevant state institutions
  • A stronger emphasis on each vulnerable group (national, ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex persons (LGBTI) and indigenous people)
  • A stronger emphasis on economic and social rights

The Instrument has also a stronger focus on the most difficult countries and emergency situations where human rights and fundamental freedoms are most in danger. In such situations, the EU is able to respond in a more flexible and timely manner through ad hoc grants. This is particularly the case where less speedy solutions would expose beneficiaries to the risk of serious intimidation or retaliation and in order to address the urgent protection needs of human rights defenders on the ground.


A financial envelope for the EIDHR of €1 332 752 000  is foreseen for the period 2014-2020.


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