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.
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.
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.
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.
|First Name||Last Name||Job Title||Company Name|
|Anders||Fogh Rasmussen||Founder & CEO||Rasmussen Global and the Alliance of Democracies Foundation|
|Daniel||Twining||President||International Republican Institute|
|Derek||Mitchell||President||National Democratic Institute|
|Damon||Wilson||President and CEO||National Endowment for Democracy (NED)|
|Natalie||Jaresko||Executive Director, TCEI Member||Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico|
|Eileen||Donahoe||Executive Director, TCEI Member||Stanford Global Digital Policy Incubator|
|Daniel||Hamilton||Senior Fellow||Johns Hopkins University SAIS|
|Laima||Andrikiene||Member of Parliament||Parliament of Lithuania|
|Uffe||Elbæk||Member of Parliament, Udenrigsudvalget||De Frie Grønne (The Independent Green)|
|Miriam||Lexmann||Member of the European Parliament||European Parliament|
|Jonas||Parello-Plesner||Executive Director||Alliance of Democracies Foundation|
|Henry||Atem Oben||Executive Director||United States International Center for Electoral Support, Inc.|
|Andrzej||Filipowicz||President||Fundacja Instytut Warszawski|
|Oleksandr||Barannykov||Director||Densa Invest Sp. z oo Sp.K|
|Howard||Shen||Director||Taiwan Office in Denmark|
|Chris||Hamer||President||Coalition for a World Security Community|
|Serey||Sam||President||Khmer National Liberation Front|
|Finn||Lau||Founder||Hong Kong Liberty|
|Elvire Marina Murielle||Aboghe-Bekalle||Journaliste||CSP-DDH Conseil Social Privé pour la Défense des Droits de l'Homme|
|Derek||West||Strategic Operations Analyst||U.S. Army|
|Titus||Alexander||Educator, researcher, faciliator & speaker||Democracy Matters|
|Anne Sofie||Allarp||columnist, author||Berlingske and other media|
|Armando||Armas||Diputado||asamblea Nacional de Venezuela|
|OYEOUSSI CHARLES||BALOGOUN||CEO||NGO AFRIQUE ESPERANCE|
|Michael||Bailey||Program Manager, Leadership Programs||George W Bush Institute|
|Gustav||Bard||Co- founder||Adelis Equity Partners|
|John Miller||Beauvoir||CEO||POLITICOM Inc.|
|Gitte Lillelund||Bech||Former Minister of Defense of Denmark||Advice|
|Andrea||Bonime-Blanc||Ceo||GEC Risk Advisory|
|Mikael||Børsting||CEO||Ulveman & Børsting|
|Temur||Chichua||Democracy Tech Entrepreneur Fellow||NLP Toolset|
|Arne||Dalhaug||Lieutenant General (Ret.), Royal Norwegian Army||DNAK|
|Jacob||Dowd||Advocacy & Government Affairs Specialist||International Foundation for Electoral Systems|
|Arianne||Fabregas||Deputy for Legal Affairs||GoodGovPH|
|Augusta||Featherston||Democratic Governance Officer and Youth Focal Point||OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights|
|Mohamed Nagi||Alassam||Doctor MD||Sudanese Professionals Association|
|Tut Gatwech||Garang||Executive director||Gaat Public Affairs|
|Marco||Giannangeli||Diplomatic Correspondent||Sunday Express|
|Brendan||Gogarty||Barrister and Election Observer||The Law Library, The Four Courts, Dublin 7, Ireland.|
|Gary||Grappo||Ambassador (retired), Distinguished Fellow||University of Denver, Korbel School of International Studies|
|Ramesh||Paudyal||Member of Parliament||Unica Foundation|
|Maksim||Greinoman||Advocate||Advokaadibüroo Greinoman & Co OÜ|
|Eric||Guenther||Owner||G2 Laboratories, LLC|
|Marc||Guerrero||Co-Founder & Executive Chairman||Ginteco World Wide|
|Mohammed||Haque||Founder and Director||Peace And Justice Alliance|
|Jørn Rahn||Hartmann||CEO||RahnSeul Consulting Group|
|Uffe||Hvidkær||Consultant||UN ass. Denmaek|
|Christina Charlotte||Juel||Honorary Consul||Consulate Of The Republic Of Malta|
|Roberto||Hung||Director||Cultura Jurídica ORG|
|Peter||Jukes||CEO||Byline Times Ltd|
|Lars||Jung||MD||First Row Ltd.|
|Axel||Knudsen||Partner||Ostergaard & Co|
|Kristjan||Korsten||owner-manager||OÜ Log Horse|
|Zoe||Leung||Social Media Manager||NOW!|
|Per Kristian Røren||Lien||co-founder||max power freedom|
|Randy||Mitchell||Chief development officer||Private Capital Development LLC|
|Paolo||Messa||Reporter||Center for American studies|
|Igor||Luksic||Chair of the Board||Institute for Security|
|Gesa Mike||Munabi||Founder & Programme Advisor||Students for Global Democracy Uganda|
|Kristian Knag||Nielsen||Associate Director||EY|
|Rory||O’Connor||Founder and President||Athenai Institute|
|Glen||Odgaard||Advokat||Advokat Glen Odgaard|
|Mikael||Oerum||Founder and Partner||Ventac Partners A/S|
|Karine||Parello-Plesner||Aut. psykolog||PLesners psykolog praksis|
|Matteo||Pederzoli||Special Projects Director||Matteo Pederzoli|
|Kastuv||Ray||Director||KR Business Consulting Ltd|
|Joshua||Peterson||Manager of Data & Analytics||Kaiser Permanente|
|Karin||Riis-Jørgensen||fmr. MP, Venstre||Miltton Europe|
|Catharina||Rinzema||Candidate #6 European Parliament VVD The Netherlands||.|
|Tengiz||Pkhaladze||Associate Professor||Georgian Institute of Public Affairs|
|Ngurang||Reena||DOCTORAL CANDIDATE||Jawaharlal Nehru University|
|Rhianon||Samuel||Senior Associate||Zero Alpha|
|Rebecca||Shoot||Senior Technical Advisor, Global Programs||American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative (ABA-ROLI)|
|Junior||Sikabwe||Managing Director||J. Consulting|
|Aye Kari||Soe||President||Worldwide Burmese Students|
|Inge Kjær||Sørensen||Journalist, former China correspondent||Independent writer|
|Alice||Stollmeyer||Founder & Executive Director||Defend Democracy|
|Michael||Svetlik||Vice President of Programs||IFES|
|Laura||Taddei||Chief of Staff||BenevolentAI|
|Hazal||Çiyit||Student||Istanbul Kültür University|
|Antonio||Roque||Co-Founder||World Peace Alliance project|
|Maya||TAMAYO||Program Manager||ANGAT Bayi|
|Quoc-Hung||Tran||VP||Vietnam Democracy Center|
|Jeppe Plenge||Trautner||PhD||Baltap Associates Aps|
|James||Tudor-White||Scholar/Member||University of Birmingham/Chatham House|
|Graham||Watson||Former Leader||Alliance of Liberals nd p|
|Richard||Walakira||Project Associate||Alliance of Democracies Foundation|
|Maxwell||Wappel||Research Associate||Taiwan Nextgen Foundation|
|Stafford||Ward||Senior Fellow for Inclusive Governance||Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy|
|Laura||Harth||Global Committee for the Rule of Law “Marco Pannella”|
|Jacob||van der Meulen|
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The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021
The Copenhagen Democracy Summit 2021 plans to take place in hybrid format on May 10-11, 2021. It will draw participants from business executives, political leaders, activists and other democracy supporters to discuss the future of global democracy, US leadership and post-COVID recovery, technology and democratic trust.
For the latest information on the Summit and to register, visit our website here.
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