2023 Human Rights and Democracy in the World Annual Report - Report of the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy


In 2023, the EU remained steadfast in its commitment to upholding and promoting human rights and democracy across the globe. The year marked the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, a fundamental document that paved the way for the human rights law that the world knows today. As we navigate an increasingly complex geopolitical landscape marked by unprecedented challenges, this annual report serves as a comprehensive overview of the EU’s endeavours and achievements, and the challenges it faces in fostering a world where human rights are respected, democratic principles are upheld, and the dignity and freedom of all individuals are safeguarded.