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Dare more Europe!
On Tuesday six Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands published a joint communiqué reconfirming their strong commitment to Europe and the European project. They invited all member states to join them in this stance, sending a strong message towards the UK. The statement maintained that “the European Union remains the best answer we have to today’s challenges and allows for different pathways of integration”, bringing security and defense as well as the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) back on the agenda. Finally we are hearing a strong statement from political leaders at a time where doubt, fear and hesitation seem to dominate political debate and decision making.
A joint statement ‘EGYPT: Travel bans systematically used to silence Human Rights defenders’ voices’
The travel ban against Mr Gamal Eid issued on 4 February 2016 is only the latest in a long series of arbitrary travel restrictions against prominent Human Rights defenders and activists. Amnesty International, EuroMed Rights, Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch, IFEX, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (a joint OMCT-FIDH programme), People In Need and Solidar condemn this blatant crackdown perpetrated by the Egyptian authorities against independent civil society.
ABF’s integration of migrants and asylum seekers
In the current European context of the EU’s solidarity crisis leading to the actual refugee crisis, it is important to broaden the understanding of citizenship beyond the knowledge of political concepts and structures. We should base understanding citizenship on the principles of active solidarity and mutual understanding of the cultural diversities that constitute Europe’s originality and richness to enhance respect for human rights, democracy and the rule of law.
The current article highlights one good example of a refugee project by SOLIDAR’s member ABF who has understood that civic education plays a crucial role in fostering the social and cultural integration of people from a migrant background, and in promoting tolerance between the cultures.
Morocco: New approved social security law extends coverage to the self-employed workers!
Morocco’s Government Council has approved the draft law on extending social insurance coverage for self-employed workers. While the previous health insurance and pension schemes, covered only 30 to 35% of the employed population, two thirds of the Moroccan population remained outside of any form of social protection. SOLIDAR considers that the approval of the new law will improve the compulsory implementation of health insurance and pensions’ scheme for all self-employed workers, regardless of their socio-professional affiliation.