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Promoting democracy and human rights

Welcome to the web pages of the European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR). The EIDHR is a European Union programme that aims to promote and support human rights and democracy worldwide.     

Information on our activities and actions are accessible via the various links situated on the right-hand side of these pages. Support is mainly provided through the co-financing of projects selected through calls for proposals (if you wish to consult the calls for proposals currently open, please click on "open") published on EuropeAid's website.

Planning of EIDHR Calls for Proposals launched by headquarters (updated 20.04.2009)

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Human rights Defenders  

The European Union, through the European Instrument for democracy and human rights supports the human rights defenders, against repression and the arbitrary exercise of power, particularly in case of emergency situations . It also aims at reinforcing their activities in documenting violations and supports the United Nations Special Procedures. These activities are implemented through co-funded projects with the eleven organizations which details are below.

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60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights



To mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of human rights on 10th December 2008, the European Commission, the European Parliament and the United Nations organised an anniversary conference . Internationally recognised filmmakers, artists and writers contributed to short films to tell "Stories on Human Rights".

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Torture is unacceptable

                    Torture is being widely practised in many countries around the world. According to Amnesty International, torture is still present in close to 100 countrie

The European Union is supporting actions aimed at eradicating torture and assisting victim rehabilitation. In 2006 the EU funded 39 new torture prevention projects and 56 new victim rehabilitation projects throughout the world.

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Death has no appeal

The EU is at the forefront of international efforts to abolish the death penalty worldwide. All the Member States of the European Union and the European Commission are strongly opposed to the death penalty in all circumstances. The EU considers that the abolition of the death penalty contributes to the enhancement of human dignity and the progressive development of human rights.

On a more practical level, the EU's political commitment is matched by substantial project support given under the European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights. Read the leaflet entitled Death has no appeal or watch the video.


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Last update: 17/02/2012 | Top