Biden’s Summit for Democracy shouldn’t be just a photo op
Michael J. Abramowitz, president of Freedom House, considers how the US administration can ensure that the Summit results in actionable commitments that will support human rights defenders, journalists and democracy activists around the world. He criticises that democracies have not been aggressive enough in countering authoritarianism, with the Summit presenting an opportunity for renewed vigour in the Summit's three themes of countering authoritarianism, fighting corruption, and promoting human rights.
His concrete suggestions include:
- Privileging the voice of civil society in speaking directly to attending governments
- Financial and political support pledged for the millions of brave democracy activists currently fighting against authoritarianism
- Leaders should sign onto a joint declaration with two messages, reaffirming their commitment to democracy and their commitment to fighting against authoritarianism