On Wednesday 24 August the 39th Congress of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) closed after two days in Johannesburg. More than 400 delegates from more than 120 countries participated and in the closing session some of the action points taken were recognized by regional bodies such as the European Union (EU) and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR).
EU special representative on Human Rights Stavros Lambrinidis said: “We need to have the EU itself judged, criticized and advised every day. Because the fact of the matter is, no one is perfect in Human Rights and that includes the European Union”.
ACHPR Chairperson Pansy Tlakula said her organization will continue to support FIDH in their efforts. “The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights values the collaborative and mutual beneficial relationship with FIDH. And on our part we will continue to collaborate with you, we will continue to support you and we also count on your support. Because even if we have to say so ourselves, our commission remains one of the most welcoming inter-governmental organizations to civil society organizations.”
The video below contains excerpts from these statements:
The forum discussed the following topics:
• Restricting freedom of association and human rights in the name of security
• Defending Human Rights principles within heterogeneous societies
• Invoking morals, religious or traditional values to build a new world order: States opposing Human Rights principles
• An unbalanced and unfair globalisation: the consequences of an economy disregarding Human Rights and civil society groups
• Redesigning Human Rights funding
• Civil society influencing global economic projects
• Whistle-blowers: Exposing violence violations and corruption, seeking transparency and the right to freedom of information
• How can the Human Rights movement further engage with the rest of society?
• A shield and a sword: Enforcing rights through the judiciary
• Deploying innovate advocacy
•Using the web and social networks – securely reaching out, accessing new audiences and generating engagement
for earlier posts on the FIDH, see: https://thoolen.wordpress.com/tag/fidh/