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EU Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World - Country Reports - Sri Lanka and the Maldives


The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified human rights and democracy challenges in many parts of the world. That is why the EU has placed human rights front and centre of its foreign policy. This is one of the main features of the freshly adopted 2020 European Union Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World. While the world is confronted with unique challenges, the EU maintains its leading role in supporting human rights, democracy and rule of law, within its borders and across the globe.

In 2020, in line with its commitment to contribute to the global response to the pandemic, the EU has promoted a human rights-based approach, stressing that human rights are universal, interdependent and indivisible and must be fully respected in response to the pandemic.

The now available annual report marks the first phase of implementation of the new EU Action Plan and provides a first-hand insight on EU action in 2020. It monitors the implementation of the new EU Action Plan by presenting the progress achieved to date.

The EU Action Plan serves as the European Union’s road map to address the challenges to human rights and democracy worldwide, from shrinking space for civil society, disinformation campaigns, threats and violations against human rights defenders, journalists and other media workers.

EU Delegations have been at the forefront of human rights promotion and protection. Read the country reports for Sri Lanka and the Maldives. 

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