United States Vice President Kamala Harris called for democracies to keep principals healthy during pre-recorded remarks at a Brussels forum on Tuesday.
Harris reiterated what President Biden said several times during his first trip abroad this week, that “America is back” and is committed to re-engaging with Europe to strengthen the transatlantic partnership.
But he also emphasized that democracy is under attack in America and around the world, and that the strength of one democracy depends on the strength of all democracies.
“The truth is that we face many shared challenges: the pandemic and resultant economic uncertainty, climate change, cyber threats, and resultant security concerns, and of course, the outright attack on democracy that is taking place around the world,” Harris he said. .
“Democracy requires constant intention, constant vigilance, constant effort. When we stop doing what we do, when we neglect democracy, when we take democracy lightly, then attacks can escalate, “He said.
The Vice President also discussed the January 6 uprising in the US Capitol, saying that it was able to reduce basic facts and propaganda, causing “undermining public confidence in our press and scientists, our courts and our elections”. .
“I will never forget the horrors and heartbreak of January 6, 2021, when our United States Capitol, a symbol of democracy for so many, was besieged by a violent mob, demanding to accept the results of a free and fair election. It is not enough to say that we cannot allow something like this to happen again. We must commit and re-commit our democratic principles and lead by example. We must give real results to our democratic institutions. Must reinforce to give and create trust,” she said.
Harris said the world’s democracies must unite to tackle dangerous challenges such as corruption, injustice and human rights violations.
And that is why wherever, whenever human rights are violated, we should stand together, he said. As we did when the United States and the European Union issued joint sanctions against China for abuse in Xinjiang. Just like we did when standing up for Russia’s attack on Alexei Navalny … we must stand together for democratic principles,” Harris said.