We are pleased to have the opportunity to present input and recommendations for the new Danish development strategy. Denmark should include the establishment of a key development policy on human rights and enhance its support to national and international organisations with a focus on human rights promotion.
Denmark has historically provided crucial leadership in the anti-torture and rehabilitation movement; supporting rehabilitation services that help torture survivors across the world to rebuild their lives and contribute to society again. We believe that the new development strategy should place an even stronger focus on this critical issue for Denmark and the world.
Human rights are rapidly being down prioritised and raising human rights issues with decision makers is becoming increasingly difficult and sometimes dangerous. It is vital for the global human rights movement that finances are made available and accessible for human rights work so the struggle for economical survival no longer disrupts the plight for the protection of human rights.
We have two ideas which we believe could help Denmark: 1) develop a clear political statement that human rights are essential in democratic societies and 2) an increase of focus on financial, technical, and political support to national civil society actors who speak up for human rights.
With these efforts, Denmark can become an even stronger actor in the promotion and the protection of human rights and ultimately, survivors of torture. Read our input to the development strategy here.