One year after the launch of the platform Civic Space Watch, the European Civic Forum invites all interested stakeholders to celebrate the role of civil society in making human rights a reality for all.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
One year after the launch of the platform Civic Space Watch, the European Civic Forum invites all interested stakeholders to celebrate the role of civil society in making human rights a reality for all.
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, called 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 its social centres all across the country and recite the Declaration outside its venues.
La Ligue des Droits de l’Homme in France will pay tribute to the action day during a ceremony in the Pantheon.
The Polish Women Strike will stand in solidarity and use social media to spread messages all over Poland.
Organisations and human rights’ defenders will mobilise in nearly 30 European countries.
Together, they will showcase the added value of civic organisations and movements to our societies.
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 Day of Action can be found here