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Human Rights Day 2017



Human Rights Day 2017


On 13 of December 2017, together with 400 guests, we commemorated the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, when countries with different histories, cultures, languages, and religions agreed on 30 articles to protect civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights.

Human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent.

Yet, they are not just State obligations: everyone’s engagement is necessary to make a difference.

Stand up for human rights!


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Same-Sex Partnership Recognition Case Reaches European Union Court

Same-Sex Partnership Recognition Case Reaches European Union Court

On 21 November 2017, a Grand Chamber of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) will hold hearings in a case on the meaning of the word “spouse” in the 2004 EU Freedom of Movement Directive and its application to same-sex couples
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Call to Action: Bring Children Together for  Diversity

Call to Action: Bring Children Together for Diversity

On 13 November 2017, the Regional Office for Europe of the UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR) joined with European, inter-governmental and civil society partners to call for redoubled efforts to desegregate schooling in Europe.
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Human Rights in the news

Review of European efforts at Roma inclusion reveals gaps, worrying trends, but also possibilities
The European Union (EU) recently released its mid-term review of efforts by member States to improve the situation of Roma. It compared the situation of Roma in 2011 with that in 2016 in eight countries.
Czech Republic: Removal of Pig Farm at Romani Holocaust Site
The UN Human Rights Regional Office for Europe welcomes the recent decision by the Czech Government to purchase a pig farm located close to the World War II concentration camp at Lety u Pisku, used for the detention of Roma.
CRPD concerned about absence of gender parity in its membership
CRPD expressed its concern about this absence of gender parity, particularly given that one of the principles of the Convention which traverses all provisions and which guides the Committee’s work is equality between men and women
Malta summit: Protect rights of migrants
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urges EU leaders to ensure that respect for non-refoulement and protection of all human rights underpin their discussions and decisions in Malta.
Joint statement from meeting in Warsaw with the Office of the Polish Ombudsman
Representatives of global and regional bodies concerned with rule of law and human rights have met in Warsaw with the new Polish Ombudsman, Dr. Adam Bodnar, to discuss the institutional landscape in Poland
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