Copenhagen Charter

The Copenhagen Charter for an Alliance of Democracies

Democracy faces pressures at home and around the globe. A post-pandemic world needs to protect principles of freedom, including holding regular free and fair elections, secure full political rights for all citizens, protect free expression and association, safeguard freedom to practice and express religious faith or nonbelief, and an independent judiciary.

We urge that an alliance of democracies coalesce. Opportunities arise through the UK’s G7 Presidency and its outreach to other democracies, and under President Biden’s commitment to convene a global Summit for Democracy.

These opportunities must be seized. This is why we, as democracy organisations and individuals, propose three specific areas for returning democratic multilateralism to its ascendancy.

  1. Collectively pushing back on authoritarianism – an economic Article 5

To counter economic coercion by authoritarian powers, an alliance of democracies should enact an “economic Article 5”— similar to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s Article 5. A state coming under economic attack or facing arbitrary detentions of its citizens due to its democratic or human rights stance could ask for unified support including retaliatory measures of fellow democracies. This would be the answer from the democratic world for dealing with authoritarian powers from a unified position of strength.

  1. Making tech work for democracy – standard-setting for emerging tech

Technology has the power to facilitate both democracy and autocratic oppressors. The free world is no longer setting tech standards in isolation. To the contrary, an alternative model has evolved: digital authoritarianism. To counter this, the alliance of democracies should build a multistakeholder technology alliance to find common answers to these existential questions. The alliance should begin by setting common standards for the free world for election integrity, social media, artificial intelligence and data flows & privacy. Civil society should play its part in such standard-setting processes. That would make the free world's model of tech development attractive to all states.

  1. Standing up for democracy’s champions - abroad and at home

Although democracies face global weakening, demands for more democracy are visible on the streets of Hong Kong, Belarus, Myanmar, Uganda or Venezuela, especially among young people. Those braving brutality to stand up for their basic freedoms deserve the support – in words and deeds - of those who take liberty for granted. The alliance of democracies should find new means to coordinate penalties against states that brutalize or suppress peaceful protests, from targeted sanctions to financial and tangible support for pro-democracy champions.

Similarly, we should fight corruption, which both leads to internal decay in democratic societies and undue political influence by autocrats and oligarchs.

The Global Summit for Democracy planned by President Biden should be built on the voices of civil society and front-line activists. Simultaneous civil society summits conducted world-wide could be what truly gives the Summit for Democracy its global perspective.

Deciding which governments should attend the Summit for Democracy will be a difficult choice. Signing up to the democratic multilateralism in this Charter could constitute a condition for entry.

Find the full list of signatories below.

Sign up for the Copenhagen Charter here.

First NameLast NameJob TitleCompany Name
AndersFogh RasmussenFounder & CEORasmussen Global and the Alliance of Democracies Foundation
DanielTwiningPresidentInternational Republican Institute
DerekMitchellPresidentNational Democratic Institute
DamonWilsonPresident and CEONational Endowment for Democracy (NED)
NatalieJareskoExecutive Director, TCEI MemberFinancial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico
EileenDonahoeExecutive Director, TCEI MemberStanford Global Digital Policy Incubator
DanielHamiltonSenior FellowJohns Hopkins University SAIS
LaimaAndrikieneMember of ParliamentParliament of Lithuania
UffeElbækMember of Parliament, UdenrigsudvalgetDe Frie Grønne (The Independent Green)
MiriamLexmannMember of the European ParliamentEuropean Parliament
JonasParello-PlesnerExecutive DirectorAlliance of Democracies Foundation
HenryAtem ObenExecutive DirectorUnited States International Center for Electoral Support, Inc.
AndrzejFilipowiczPresidentFundacja Instytut Warszawski
OleksandrBarannykovDirectorDensa Invest Sp. z oo Sp.K
HowardShenDirectorTaiwan Office in Denmark
ChrisHamerPresidentCoalition for a World Security Community
SereySamPresidentKhmer National Liberation Front
FinnLauFounderHong Kong Liberty
Elvire Marina MurielleAboghe-BekalleJournalisteCSP-DDH Conseil Social Privé pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme
DerekWestStrategic Operations AnalystU.S. Army
TitusAlexanderEducator, researcher, faciliator & speakerDemocracy Matters
Anne SofieAllarpcolumnist, authorBerlingske and other media
ArmandoArmasDiputadoasamblea Nacional de Venezuela
FlorinBaditaFounderCorruption kills
MichaelBaileyProgram Manager, Leadership ProgramsGeorge W Bush Institute
GustavBardCo- founderAdelis Equity Partners
John MillerBeauvoirCEOPOLITICOM Inc.
Gitte LillelundBechFormer Minister of Defense of DenmarkAdvice
TizianaStellaExecutive DirectorThe Streit Council for a Union of Democracies
AndreaBonime-BlancCeoGEC Risk Advisory
MikaelBørstingCEOUlveman & Børsting
NiroshanaChamindaProject ManagerACTED
TemurChichuaDemocracy Tech Entrepreneur FellowNLP Toolset
ArneDalhaugLieutenant General (Ret.), Royal Norwegian ArmyDNAK
JohnDavenportProfessorFordham University
JacobDowdAdvocacy & Government Affairs SpecialistInternational Foundation for Electoral Systems
PrzemysławDziadoszManaging DirectorEdisonPoland
ArianneFabregasDeputy for Legal AffairsGoodGovPH
AugustaFeatherstonDemocratic Governance Officer and Youth Focal PointOSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
Mohamed NagiAlassamDoctor MDSudanese Professionals Association
Tut GatwechGarangExecutive directorGaat Public Affairs
DanielHinštVice PresidentCentre for Public Policy and Economic Analysis (CEA)
MarcoGiannangeliDiplomatic CorrespondentSunday Express
BrendanGogartyBarrister and Election ObserverThe Law Library, The Four Courts, Dublin 7, Ireland.
DaveGoldmanEditorAsia Times
GaryGrappoAmbassador (retired), Distinguished FellowUniversity of Denver, Korbel School of International Studies
RameshPaudyalMember of ParliamentUnica Foundation
MaksimGreinomanAdvocateAdvokaadibüroo Greinoman & Co OÜ
EricGuentherOwnerG2 Laboratories, LLC
MelitaPachuliaPublic Relations and Communications OfficerDVV International | Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFRLab) 360/Digital Sherlocks Program Scholar
MarcGuerreroCo-Founder & Executive ChairmanGinteco World Wide
MohammedHaqueFounder and DirectorPeace And Justice Alliance
Jørn RahnHartmannCEORahnSeul Consulting Group
UffeHvidkærConsultantUN ass. Denmaek
Christina CharlotteJuelHonorary ConsulConsulate Of The Republic Of Malta
GuyKennedyCo-founderVR Democracy
RobertoHungDirectorCultura Jurídica ORG
PeterJukesCEOByline Times Ltd
LarsJungMDFirst Row Ltd.
AxelKnudsenPartnerOstergaard & Co
FrancesCowellDirectorThe European Network
KristjanKorstenowner-managerOÜ Log Horse
ZoeLeungSocial Media ManagerNOW!
Per Kristian RørenLienco-foundermax power freedom
RandyMitchellChief development officerPrivate Capital Development LLC
PaoloMessaReporterCenter for American studies
NathanielMong’areFounderMelbel Foundation
IgorLuksicChair of the BoardInstitute for Security
ShailaManyamSenior Vice-PresidentBCW
Gesa MikeMunabiFounder & Programme AdvisorStudents for Global Democracy Uganda
Kristian KnagNielsenAssociate Director EY
RoryO’ConnorFounder and PresidentAthenai Institute
GlenOdgaardAdvokatAdvokat Glen Odgaard
MikaelOerumFounder and PartnerVentac Partners A/S
KarineParello-PlesnerAut. psykologPLesners psykolog praksis
MatteoPederzoliSpecial Projects DirectorMatteo Pederzoli
KastuvRayDirectorKR Business Consulting Ltd
JoshuaPetersonManager of Data & AnalyticsKaiser Permanente
KarinRiis-Jørgensenfmr. MP, VenstreMiltton Europe
CatharinaRinzemaCandidate #6 European Parliament VVD The Netherlands.
TengizPkhaladzeAssociate ProfessorGeorgian Institute of Public Affairs
NgurangReenaDOCTORAL CANDIDATEJawaharlal Nehru University
KirkSamsonCEOSamson Atlantic
DanielWhitePolitical AdviserHon Anthony Byrne MP - Federal Member for Holt in Australian Parliament (Deputy Chair of Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence & Security)
RhianonSamuelSenior AssociateZero Alpha
AndreiScarlatescuCEOCantilever Europe
RebeccaShootSenior Technical Advisor, Global ProgramsAmerican Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI)
JuniorSikabweManaging DirectorJ. Consulting
Aye KariSoePresidentWorldwide Burmese Students
StephanKyburzFounder and HostRules of the Game
Inge KjærSørensenJournalist, former China correspondentIndependent writer
AliceStollmeyerFounder & Executive DirectorDefend Democracy
MichaelSvetlikVice President of ProgramsIFES
LauraTaddeiChief of StaffBenevolentAI
HazalÇiyitStudentIstanbul Kültür University
AntonioRoqueCo-FounderWorld Peace Alliance project
MayaTAMAYOProgram ManagerANGAT Bayi
Quoc-HungTranVPVietnam Democracy Center
Jeppe PlengeTrautnerPhDBaltap Associates Aps
JamesTudor-WhiteScholar/MemberUniversity of Birmingham/Chatham House
GrahamWatsonFormer LeaderAlliance of Liberals nd p
RichardWalakiraProject AssociateAlliance of Democracies Foundation
MaxwellWappelResearch AssociateTaiwan Nextgen Foundation
StaffordWardSenior Fellow for Inclusive GovernanceJoseph Rainey Center for Public Policy
LauraHarthGlobal Committee for the Rule of Law “Marco Pannella”
JohanCheng Falkström
Jacobvan der Meulen
Chad KianBautista
BrendanGogartyBarrister at Law
JohnSuarezExecutive Director
Center for a Free Cuba
LeventOzkulaManagement ConsultantINGEV
JamesBecklesCouncillor and Cabinet Member Crime and Community SafetyLondon Borough of Newham (UK)
FlorianIrmingerSecretary GeneralGREENS Switzerland
HerambPodarExecutive directorPolicy for the People
GregoryMillerChief Operating OfficerOpen Source Election Technology Institute, Inc.
SorchaRochfordSr. Director of Strategic PartnershipsNationBuilder
GeorgeHashakaFounder Executive ChairmanUganda Peace Foundation
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