Press Conference European Civic Forum to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Human Rights’ Day

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Date(s) - 10/12/2018
10:00 - 11:00

Press Club Brussels Europe


European Civic Forum Press Conference

to mark the 70th anniversary of the World Human Rights’ Day

Monday 10 December 2018, starting from 10:00 a.m.

Press Club Europe Brussels, Rue Froissart 95, 1040 Brussels

Panel debate with :

– Birgit VAN HOUT, Regional Representative for Europe, UN Human Rights Office

– Natacha KAZATCHKINE, Head of Team and EU policy at Open Society European Policy Institute

– Andrea COSTA, member of BAOBAB Experience, Italy

– Mehmet KOKSAL, Project Officer, European Federation of Journalists

This year on 10 December, the world is celebrating the 70th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. Civil society is crucial to protect our European democracies and values against the raising illiberalism. However, today in the European Union, civil society is increasingly undermined and even stigmatised and criminalised. Member States and European institutions do not act efficiently to overturn these trends. It is clear that without action, civic space in Europe will deteriorate even faster.

For this reason, the European Civic Forum, is calling for a pan-European mobilisation of civil society and social movements to collectively celebrate their daily contribution to making human rights a reality for all.

On December 10th, hundreds of local initiatives will call the EU institutions for more proactive engagement in defending the values enshrined in the European Fundamental Rights Charter, the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the European Convention for Human Rights.

In Italy for instance the association ARCI will temporarily close their social centres and other venues on that day. The Polish Women’s Strike will also show solidarity throughout the country with other participants in Europe, whereas la Ligue des Droits de l’Homme is celebrating their 120th anniversary in French Panthéon, with messages of support to other organisations involved in the action day. In total, nearly 30 countries will show how much civic organisations and movements add value to society.

Representatives from international and European institutions, as well as representatives of civic movements and civil society organisations will address the media about the state of civil society and the situation of Human Rights’ defenders in Europe.

More information about the Action day can be found here