Stand up for your rights!

Tuesday 10 December 2013

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Stand up for your rights_webTwenty years later the adoption, on 25th June of 1993,  of the Vienna Declaration by UN’s General Assembly, this year, on the 10th of December 2013, we celebrate the International Human Rights Day.

Indeed, twenty years ago the Vienna Declaration was adopted to crystallize  the universality of the Human Rights contained into the Universal Declaration of 1948, since it was adopted without having binding power for all of the High Contracting Parties. The Declaration was just an International Declaration, which, in any case, has been considered as universal, given the high content of human rights as those universal values which were recognized, five years later the second world war, by the West.

Whereas the International Law had not yet further powers to fight against the violations of Human Rights, in addition to this, the Vienna Declaration has establishedthe Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, to further implement the UN’s action in the protection of Human Rights at the international level and among the States.

As the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated today, “the key now is to implement those laws and standards to make enjoyment of Human Rights a reality on the ground […] and to transform Human Rights from abstract promises to genuine improvement in the daily lives of all people”. As well as the Ban Ki-moon said today too: all of the documents United Nations signed are aimed to fight to make rights a reality for all.

Following this particular point of view and on the occasion of this anniversary, CESIE takes into account this problem, tackling it through different projects.

The list of current projects promoting the respect of Human Rights are:

REPLACE 2 – it’s engaged to fight against the practice of Female Genital Mutilation in Europe, which is considered a serious violation of Human Rights of girls and women

Let’s bridge the gap! – Training course for youth workers with the aim to promote respect for gender equality and non-discrimination for sexual orientation

Able like you –an European voluntary project that promotes intercultural dialogue and the fight against stereotypes by working with people living with disabilities.

Given this kind of social action,  the CESIE’s will is to stand up for Human Rights, because the struggle is not never enough to build, as Ban Ki-moon stated today, “a world of all human rights for all”!

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