70 years ago, on 10 December 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The Declaration spelled out basic civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights that all human beings should enjoy.
All EU Member States have accepted the legally binding international obligations to promote and protect human rights, including economic and social rights.
However, 70 years after its adoption, people leaving in Europe still face major challenges in the full enjoyment of these rights, the space for civic activism is shrinking, working people find themselves in more and precarious jobs (and lives), gender equality is far from being reached and hundreds of people trying to reach Europe, dreaming of a better life, keep dying in the Mediterranean Sea.
Indeed, facts show that:
While this happens,
This is the result of a model that has put profit before people and that sees people and the planet as mere production means.
Within this context, SOLIDAR believes that full realization of Human Rights needs a radical change of the rules to put people before profit. With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted in 2015, UN members have agreed to make this shift happen. In the next days, they will have a great opportunity to walk the talk and show the world how serious they are about it: support the Global Compact on Migration this week in Marrakesh!