Rights of Migrants & Refugees

Rights of Migrants & Refugees

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“The right to non discrimination regarding any origin or personal condition that opens the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, together with the rights of every person to participate in the construction of their society recognised in the declaration on Economic, Social and Cultural rights, or that of Emerging rights; empower us to underline the access to equal rights and to citizenship of any person regardless of their origin. ” Read more

Global Human Rights Week

The Global Human Rights Week: Human Rights Now!  is a 6-day global event coordinated by CCIVS in the framework of the Raising Peace Campaign. Its main task is to provide visibility to the challenges related to Peace and Human Rights worldwide, focusing on the actions implemented by the IVS movement on these specific topics. These initiatives share common goals: to cast a spotlight on the current situations of Human Rights, to encourage grassroots activism and to promote social change. To do this, we need your contribution: if you are an organisation, a social movement, an activist, a volunteer, join the Global Human Rights Week! Read more

Human Dimension Implementation Meeting

The need to address today’s security challenges means the defence and promotion of human rights are more important than ever, speakers said today at the opening of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw.

In a direct reference to the three special themes of the conference, they said that the fact that times are difficult cannot be used to justify infringements on fundamental freedoms, nor to provide an excuse for racism, intolerance and discrimination. Instead, a human rights focus is more important than ever to ensure effective policies and solutions. Read more

Nadia Murad wins the Nobel Peace Prize

Nadia Murad, a 25-year-old Yezidi woman, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2018, along with Congolese gynaecological surgeon Denis Mukwege.

‘Nadia’s story and the work she is doing are truly remarkable,’ says Joshua Castellino, MRG’s Executive Director of MRG. ‘She has stood up to bullies and challenged gendered stereotypes at a tough personal cost, in the hope of a better tomorrow. Her recognition with this award will inspire others, especially those far from sites of power who not only face regular abuse, but see their oppressors get away every time.’ Read more

Protetcion of Journalism

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland made the following statement today:

“Although the motives remain unclear, this week we have again witnessed a brutal murder of a journalist in a Council of Europe member State – the fourth in a year.

We cannot remain passive following such an outburst of violence. Attacks on journalists are attacks on our democracies. These acts aim to intimidate the entire profession. Read more

OSCE Conference in Warsaw

WARSAW, 10 September 2018 – The need to address today’s security challenges means the defence and promotion of human rights are more important than ever, speakers said today at the opening of the OSCE Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw.

In a direct reference to the three special themes of the conference, they said that the fact that times are difficult cannot be used to justify infringements on fundamental freedoms, nor to provide an excuse for racism, intolerance and discrimination. Instead, a human rights focus is more important than ever to ensure effective policies and solutions. Read more

International Day of Peace

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September. The General Assembly has declared this as a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

The United Nations Member States adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 because they understood that it would not be possible to build a peaceful world if steps were not taken to achieve economic and social development for all people everywhere, and ensure that their rights were protected.  The Sustainable Goals cover a broad range of issues, including poverty, hunger, health, education, climate change, gender equality, water, sanitation, energy, environment and social justice. Read more