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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 259

Posts Tagged ‘respect’

Büyükada case: a decisive opportunity for Turkey to show respect for international standards

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 7 luglio 2020

Leading MEPs call on Turkey to protect human rights defenders and leave open space for civil society and pluralism, which is a key element of the accession process.The European Parliament´s standing rapporteur for Turkey, Nacho Sánchez Amor (S&D, ES), and the Chair of the Delegation to the EU-Turkey Joint Parliamentary Committee, Sergey Lagodinsky,(Greens/EFA, DE) said:“After recent disappointing judiciary decisions on landmark cases such as the one of Osman Kavala, the final hearing and sentence tomorrow of the emblematic ‘Büyükada case’ represents a decisive opportunity to clarify if Turkey abides by its international commitments and standards or if the country further moves apart from them.
We believe that a true, open space for civil society and pluralism is a fundamental pillar for any democratic society and it is a key element of the accession process. In this regard, the activities of human rights defenders should be protected by the state, not prosecuted.We remain hopeful that the upcoming judiciary decision will mark a change of course and not yet another blow against the independent civil society in Turkey, whose space has shrunk dramatically over the last years.
We encourage Turkish authorities to advance towards a serious judicial reform, bringing it into line with the required standards of the EU and those of the Council of Europe, of which the country is a full member. In this sense, the respect and enforcement of the rulings of the European Court of Human Rights remains an indispensable first step.”

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Call for a renewed relationship with the African continent based on solidarity and respect

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 29 giugno 2020

Foreign Affairs Committee MEPs point to an array of challenges with which countries in the Sahel region, West Africa and Horn of Africa struggle to cope. Climate change, population growth, food insecurity or uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources are just some of the challenges that many African countries struggle to cope with, warned MEPs in the Committee on Foreign Affairs.
It all leads to destabilisation of the traditional agro-pastoral economy, which, combined with weak institutions and a lack of trust in government, results in religious extremism, concluded MEPs in a report on EU-African security cooperation in the Sahel region, West Africa and the Horn of Africa, adopted on Monday.They recall that the fight against terrorism depends on the states concerned having strong and reliable institutions as well as established basic services, including an internal security infrastructure and a justice system, in particular on criminal matters, in which citizens have confidence. A security strategy for the Sahel, West Africa and Horn of Africa regions must first and foremost address the root causes of the conflicts in the region as poverty eradication is key to sustainable peace, say MEPS.
MEPs call for the promotion of a renewed relationship between the EU and the African continent based on solidarity, mutual respect and mutual benefit, adhering always to the principles of respect for international law, national sovereignty and equality between parties.MEPs also called for the European Peace Facility to be swiftly adopted and implemented, making the EU missions more effective and strengthening EU partners’ capacity building in the security sector. The European institutions should have a stronger mandate to provide the means and to take the measures necessary to improve the security situation whilst ensuring the respect of human rights and international humanitarian law, they stress.The rapporteur Javier Nart (Renew, ES) said : “Without development we cannot have security. In order to ensure security, the local armed forces have to be trained and equipped absolutely and effectively, without some of the constraints that have hitherto existed. The European Peace Facility is essential for this.”The report is the result of a broad consensus of the majority of the groups in the Parliament and was adopted with 49 votes for, 6 against and 14 abstentions.The European Union has conducted several military and civilian missions in the region, but after years of being involved there, the general situation continues to worsen. MEPs are calling for a new and comprehensive strategy, as the EU missions have been hampered due to restrictions on their mandate, training programmes, and a lack of basic equipment, including weapons and ammunition.

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Human rights: respect for minorities and religions around the world

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 16 febbraio 2020

Bruxelles. Monday, 17 February, 17.00 – 18.30 CET. European Parliament’s SPAAK building in Brussels, room P5B001. The purpose of the hearing is to examine the state of international law when it comes to freedom of thought, conscience and religion around the world, as well as to look into lessons learned from previous policies and actions that have contributed to protecting this freedom.The participants will also discuss best practices from interreligious dialogues on promoting tolerance and the fight against discrimination based on religious grounds.The invited experts are:
Dr. Erin Wilson, Associate Professor of Global Politics and Religion, Vice Dean and Director of Education, Faculty of Theology and Religious Studies, University of Groningen, Netherlands;
Mr Muhammad Nuruddeen Lemu, Director of Research and Training, Da’wah Institute of Nigeria, Islamic Education Trust, Minna, Nigeria;
Ms Marcela Szymanski, Editor-in-Chief, report “Religious Freedom in the World”Head of the EU office and Advocacy, Aid to the Church in Need, ACN International.The hearing will be presided over by the Chair of the Subcommittee, Ms Maria Arena (S&D, BE). Here is the programme.

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Rule of law in Poland: MEPs to check situation on the ground

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 19 settembre 2018

Civil Liberties Committee MEPs will be in Poland from Wednesday to Friday this week to assess the rule of law and respect for fundamental values. This delegation will meet representatives of the Polish government and judiciary, Poland’s ombudsman, and representatives of other authorities, organisations and stakeholders to gather insights into the latest developments as regards the rule of law in Poland. Meetings are also scheduled with media representatives and women’s rights activists. The visit takes place in the context of ongoing rule of law dialogue between the EU General Affairs Council and Polish authorities, begun in June, on the basis of EU Treaty Article 7.1. This is the first time that this procedure has been used with respect to an EU member state.

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Education to promote inclusion and mutual respect is essential to counter hate speech

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 22 marzo 2017

european commissionPromoting inclusion and mutual respect through education and strong positive narratives are essential to prevent incitement to hatred and counter hate speech in the digital age, the heads of three European human rights institutions said in a joint statement on today’s International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Michael Georg Link, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), Michael O’Flaherty, Director of the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), and Christian Ahlund, Chair of the Council of Europe’s European Commission against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI), stressed that it is the responsibility of all, and political leaders in particular, to counter intolerant discourse and hate speech, and to ensure their root causes are addressed through education.“We all play a crucial role in promoting mutual respect and inclusion, ensuring that we live in societies that foster respect for the rights and dignity of every person, regardless of their ethnicity, gender, religion or belief or any other identity,” said ODIHR Director Link. “Political and community leaders have a greater responsibility, and must address intolerance in all its forms, so as to effectively counter hate speech, which can lead to violence and hate crimes and dangerously undermine security and social cohesion.”FRA Director O’Flaherty noted that hate speech is not limited to extremists, and that the deliberate manipulation of information designed to promote intolerance is squarely in the mainstream of political rhetoric. He stressed that these fabrications could only be countered through education and media literacy.“The challenge is to address those who are receptive to intolerant views. Encouraging greater media literacy is an essential element of this, particularly in the digital environment,” the FRA Director said. “We need to support both children and adults to critically assess what they see and hear in the media. This will enable them to recognise propaganda, and help them to confront and report statements that incite hatred.”
In addition to the prompt condemnation of the use of hate speech, ECRI Chair Ahlund highlighted the need to challenge and engage those who propagate it.“Policies against hate speech should also envisage steps to encourage those who use hate speech both to repudiate this use and to help them end their association with groups using it,” he said. “This is not an easy task. Nonetheless, changing behaviours, by demonstrating both the falsity of the foundations on which hate speech is based and its unacceptability, is not impossible. Existing projects directed to this goal should be widely emulated and supported.”

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EU-Turkey deal: Next days will be crucial, human rights must be upheld, says Civil Liberties Chair

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 22 marzo 2016

turchia-ist3The EU should offer support to Greece to ensure returns to Turkey are carried out in full respect of international law and human rights, according to Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs committee Chair, Claude Moraes (S&D, UK).Following the agreement reached by EU leaders and the Turkish government on Friday 18 March, Mr Moraes said:“The EU-Turkey deal agreed last week in response to the refugee crisis is already showing worrying signs which the European Parliament has previously warned. As stated by President Martin Schulz, we cannot “outsource” our problems to Turkey. We must observe international law and human rights.Following the decision to carry out readmissions of refugees and asylum-seekers to Turkey it is important that Greece is given much needed support from member states without delay to ensure its asylum conditions are significantly improved to carry out returns in full respect of international law. Greece cannot be left alone to shoulder the responsibility of the biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War”.
Mr Moraes set out some key concerns:“Just last week in a joint meeting of the Civil Liberties and Development committees with Commissioner Styliades, MEPs were given assurances that the relocation of 160,000 people in need of international protection from Italy and Greece was still in place. Under the deal, relocation appears to be put on hold which raises key questions as to what guarantees will member states give to support the thousands of persons stuck in Greece following the border closures along the ‘west-Balkan route’. Member states must not ignore their existing commitments to take in people in clear need of international protection”.
“On the issue of smuggling, as spring approaches it is important that we move the narrative towards enhancing safer and legal routes to Europe to avoid more deaths at sea. Focusing on strengthening borders and sending people back will merely offer smuggling networks the chance to expand to other parts of the Mediterranean and Agean, which will lead to more dangerous routes taken to reach the EU”.
“As the refugee population continues to increase in the world, the EU needs to take a global approach to migration based on the principle of solidarity between states. The European Parliament and Civil Liberties committee in particular, will be watching every step of the way to ensure that this deal observes international law and if it does not we will call it out”.

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Respect for Human Rights as a Precondition for Peace

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 5 febbraio 2016

Abu Bakr al-BaghdadiThe European Parliament discussed a draft resolution tabled by Swedish MEP Lars Adaktusson (EPP) at its plenary session from 1 to 5 February 2016. The draft calls for a European Parliament resolution on war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide committed against Christians, Yazidi, and other religious and ethnic minorities in Syria and Iraq by the so-called ISIS/Da’esh.
The Conference of European Churches appreciates the efforts of European Parliament in addressing this important subject. Religious and cultural civilisations in the Middle East region are disappearing day by day. We are witnessing one of the most extreme forms of human rights violations in that region, which needs to be prevented and stopped. The destruction of religious communities, ethnic groups and their property—including religious and cultural sites with immeasurable value for humanity—is happening in the Middle East in a systematic and coordinated way. People are being murdered every day.Most victims are members of religious and ethnic minorities including Christians from the ancient churches (Chaldeans/Assyrians/Syriacs) in the region. Yazidi, Turkmen, Shabak, Sabaean Mandeans, Kaka’i, Sabian, Shia Muslim, moderate Sunni Muslim communities, as well as Kurds are captured by militants of the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS) and other extremist groups.With this resolution the European Parliament is sending a strong message to the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Iraq and Syria to the International Criminal Court. Upon such a referral the Court can assume jurisdiction. Only then could an investigation of these crimes commence under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Genocide Convention). The Genocide Convention obliges state parties to ‘punish’ and ‘prevent’ genocide wherever it occurs via international criminal justice mechanisms. The intention of ISIS is to attack any group that disagrees with their political agenda or view of society. Their intention to destroy social, economic, cultural, religious, and moral foundations has been eminently evident from observations made to date.
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) urges all state and non-state actors to pay special attention to the religious dimension of this conflict. CEC deplores the use of Islam for political purposes and the kidnapping of people especially women, children, priests, and bishops. CEC denounces the systematic targeting of Christian churches, monasteries, and other buildings by extreme militants. It asks all relevant regional players to advocate for religious diversity, religious tolerance, and pluralism in the inflamed region. The systematic vandalism, separation of families, violence, murder, and rape as part of the war strategy is unacceptable. Therefore, CEC urges all parties of the existing conflict to find a peaceful solution and to seek the promotion and protection of human rights and respect for human dignity of all people. We urge parties in the conflict to establish an immediate ceasefire and to engage in meaningful dialogue for viable political solutions to the crisis in Syria and Iraq and to create the climate for a national and multilateral reconciliation.Religion can and should be part of the solution; it should never have been permitted to become any part of the problem. Strong interreligious dialogue can contribute to social stability, mutual respect and religious tolerance, diversity, and peace. All parties in the conflict need to recognise the importance of the spiritual and cultural value of all religious and ethnic minorities in the Middle East region in order to create peaceful and inclusive democracies.

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Respect and tolerance for everyone

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 30 ottobre 2014

parlamento europeo“The EU has a clear responsibility to promote equality, respect and tolerance for everyone, including LGBTI people,” says Ivan Scalfarotto, Undersecretary of State of the Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU “With this important conference the Italian Presidency wants to show its commitment to working with our EU partners to combat LGBTI discrimination and build a more inclusive society for all.”
“Too often, too many LGBTI people face discrimination and hostility for simply being themselves,” says FRA Director Morten Kjaerum. “The tides is changing and there has been positive momentum in many Member States. We must build on this. As the new European Parliament and Commission take office, the time is now ripe to put equality and non-discrimination of LGBTI people back on the EU’s agenda.”The Italian Presidency of the Council of the EU, in cooperation with the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and the General Secretariat of the Council are hosting the high-level conference “Tackling sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination: next steps in EU and Member State policy making” at the Council of the EU.The conference aims to support the further development of policy responses by the EU and its Member States to address the fundamental rights challenges faced by LGBTI people in their daily lives, including hostility, hate crime, discrimination and bullying. It builds on the results of FRA’s EU LGBT survey and other studies that revealed the extent of discrimination and hate crime that LGBTI people face regularly at home, at work and in public.Many EU Member States have moved forward and have adopted legislation and policy measures that have improved the situation of LGBTI people. For example:In 2008, 9 Member States limited sexual orientation discrimination to just employment. By 2014, this has dropped to 3 Member States; In 2010, 8 Member States consider same-sex spouses as ‘family members’ in the context of free movement within the EU. This is now the case in 18 Member States. However, in practice hate crime, bullying and discrimination remain major problems for many LGBTI people. Comprehensive concrete legislative and non-legislative measures at the EU and national level are needed to improve the situation so all LGBTI people can live their lives in dignity and with respect. Over 400 decision makers and fundamental rights’ practitioners from across the EU are gathering to discuss how equality policies in different areas of the EU’s competence can be further strengthened and mainstreamed and what Member States can do to help. The results of such discussions will be a useful contribution to the broader equality and non-discrimination high-level event organised by the European Commission and the Italian Presidency that will take place in Rome from 6 to 7 November.

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Good practices of integration

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 28 settembre 2011

Displaced people in a temporary transit centre...

Image by DFID - UK Department for International Development via Flickr

New York Academics, migration experts, policy makers, UN agency representatives and governments gathered in New York to share good practices of integration, showcase projects aimed at promoting tolerance and understanding in multicultural cities and examined the next steps. As a follow-up to subsequent discussions held in New York in 2009, in Rio de Janeiro in 2010, and in Rome in 2011, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) joined forces with the Italian Permanent Mission to the UN to organize a working lunch on “The Inter-ethnic City” on Monday, September 26th 2011. The integration of migrants, specifically in cities, is critical for the improvement of cooperative relations among peoples across cultures and religions. This working lunch examined good practices and processes for better integration at the level of cities as experienced by local administrators, policymakers and other stakeholders. Among other good practices, the UNAOC presented its video project which aims at showing examples of good integration of migrants in Italian cities and shifting the focus of the immigration debate towards the human side of the story. UNESCO and UN-Habitat presented the project ‘Migrants’ Inclusion in Cities: Innovative urban policies and practices’, a toolkit for local decision-makers providing guidelines and examples of good practices to improve the inclusion of international migrants in the city. According to Michelle Klein-Solomon, the Permanent Observer for the International Organization for Migration, “there is no one model of integration, there is no one model of migration, we have to acknowledge these differences while giving a feeling of citizenship to build more inclusive societies”. But overall, as stated by Vincenzo Scotti, Under Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs of Italy, it is a question of tolerance and respect.

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EU Fundamental Rights: Annual Report 2009

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 20 giugno 2009

Vienna, Austria On 24 June 200910.30 a.m., Schwarzenbergplatz 11 the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will release its Annual Report 2009. The report covers information, events and developments in the EU for the year 2008. This report is broader in scope than previous Annual Reports of the Agency. As with previous years, the report covers material under the heading of ‘racism, xenophobia and related intolerance’, but it adds to this an overview of developments in a range of other fundamental rights areas, consistent with the expanded mandate of the Agency. In addition, it contains a summary of FRA activities on fundamental rights in 2008. Speakers: Morten Kjaerum, Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Anastasia Crickley, Chairperson of the FRA Management Board (languages: English and German)The Annual Report addresses developments under the headings of discrimination on grounds of race or ethnic origin, sexual orientation, the compensation of victims, the rights of the child, asylum, immigration and the integration of immigrants, visa and border control, participation of citizens of the Union in the Union’s democratic functioning, information society, respect for private life and the protection of personal data, and access to efficient and independent justice.

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Meeting with president the republic of korea

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 2 aprile 2009

ExCel Center London, United Kingdom. President Obama: Hold on a second. Let’s make a brief statement. I just want to thank President Lee and his entire delegation. Korea is one of America’s closest allies and greatest friends. And under President Lee’s leadership, that friendship has only grown stronger. So we are very interested in discussing the economic crisis, which is the topic of the G20 meeting. But obviously we also have a great range of issues to discuss — on defense, on peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, on the outstanding contributions that Korea has made with respect to the Afghanistan situation, and their global role and global leadership on issues like climate change. So I just want to publicly say thank you to the Republic of Korea for their outstanding friendship and the close ties between our two countries.

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Statement by the president on national medal of honor day

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 27 marzo 2009

Washington DC. We are grateful to all those who wear the uniform of our Armed Forces and serve and sacrifice on behalf of our great nation.  Members of our Armed Forces hold themselves to the highest standards and set an example of responsibility to one another and to the country that should inspire all Americans to serve a purpose greater than themselves.  Today we pay our respect to those who distinguished themselves conspicuously by gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty – the recipients of the Medal of Honor.   Since it was first awarded during the Civil War to the current battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, Medal of Honor recipients have displayed tremendous courage, an unfailing determination to succeed, and a humbling willingness to make the ultimate sacrifice.  It is telling that so many Medal of Honor recipients received the award posthumously.  These soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman embody the best of American values and ideals.  Medal of Honor recipients are the foremost example of greatness in service and sacrifice.  Their bravery and humble strength continues to reassure our nation of the strength of its character and ideals even in these difficult times.  We owe these heroes a debt of gratitude that our nation can never fully repay.  So, it is on this day that we salute that fact and celebrate their lives and heroic actions that have placed them amongst the “bravest of the brave.”  We must never forget their sacrifice and will always keep the Fallen and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

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Celebration of Nowruz

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 20 marzo 2009

The white house. Patrick Obama: “Today I want to extend my very best wishes to all who are celebrating Nowruz around the world. This holiday is both an ancient ritual and a moment of renewal, and I hope that you enjoy this special time of year with friends and family. In particular, I would like to speak directly to the people and leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran.  Nowruz is just one part of your great and celebrated culture.  Over many centuries your art, your music, literature and innovation have made the world a better and more beautiful place. Here in the United States our own communities have been enhanced by the contributions of Iranian Americans.  We know that you are a great civilization, and your accomplishments have earned the respect of the United States and the world. For nearly three decades relations between our nations have been strained.  But at this holiday we are reminded of the common humanity that binds us together.  Indeed, you will be celebrating your New Year in much the same way that we Americans mark our holidays — by gathering with friends and family, exchanging gifts and stories, and looking to the future with a renewed sense of hope. Within these celebrations lies the promise of a new day, the promise of opportunity for our children, security for our families, progress for our communities, and peace between nations.  Those are shared hopes, those are common dreams. So in this season of new beginnings I would like to speak clearly to Iran’s leaders.  We have serious differences that have grown over time.  My administration is now committed to diplomacy that addresses the full range of issues before us, and to pursuing constructive ties among the United States, Iran and the international community.  This process will not be advanced by threats.  We seek instead engagement that is honest and grounded in mutual respect. You, too, have a choice.  The United States wants the Islamic Republic of Iran to take its rightful place in the community of nations.  You have that right — but it comes with real responsibilities, and that place cannot be reached through terror or arms, but rather through peaceful actions that demonstrate the true greatness of the Iranian people and civilization.  And the measure of that greatness is not the capacity to destroy, it is your demonstrated ability to build and create. So on the occasion of your New Year, I want you, the people and leaders of Iran, to understand the future that we seek.  It’s a future with renewed exchanges among our people, and greater opportunities for partnership and commerce.  It’s a future where the old divisions are overcome, where you and all of your neighbors and the wider world can live in greater security and greater peace. I know that this won’t be reached easily.  There are those who insist that we be defined by our differences.  But let us remember the words that were written by the poet Saadi, so many years ago:  “The children of Adam are limbs to each other, having been created of one essence.” With the coming of a new season, we’re reminded of this precious humanity that we all share.  And we can once again call upon this spirit as we seek the promise of a new beginning”.

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