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Press Release | It Is Time Human Rights Abuse in Kashmir Comes to an End!

[26th October 2017, PRESS RELEASE]   Today is a symbolic day to remember the human rights abuses happening in the region of Kashmir. On the 26th October 1947, India signed of the Instrument of Accession, in which Jammu and Kashmir joined its territory. This was the start of 70 years of tension and conflict in the region. In this period, the area has been theatre to massive violations of human rights, with some sources reporting up to 94.656 people killed. Moreover, rape and torture has been used systematically as instruments of fear and terror in the conflict. Sexual violence,...

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Young People as Agents of Change in Peacebuilding

Contemporary global challenges require solutions which are innovative and inclusive. Although many European institutions recognise that young people are a major human resource for development and key agents for social change, often the official words remain on paper when it comes to translating policy into practice. For this reason, the potential of young people to take part in the civic life often remains limited: a recent Eurobarometer research ‘Participation in Democratic Life’ shows that more than half of Europe’s youth believe that their involvement in political issues or voting would not have an impact. We want to challenge this!...

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Women of Today

‘Women of Today’ was a time used to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to remember acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities. Our special guest speaker was Metissia a woman of many valences: a philosopher, a published author, singer and composer. The discussion revolved around the inner and outer dimensions of a woman and how to act upon each of these aspects, in order to create a balance between the two sides. Participants were also asked to share what they...

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Candlelight March in Solidarity with People in Conflict Zones

One of the UN’s primary purposes is “promoting and encouraging respect for human rights and for fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion”, and member states pledge to undertake “joint and separate action” to protect these rights. In 1948, the General Assembly adopted a Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The document proclaims basic civil, political, and economic rights common to all human beings, though its effectiveness toward achieving these ends has been disputed since its drafting. Today, there are hundreds of conflicts around the world that come in between humans and their rights,...

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Untold Stories – Human Rights Day

On 11th December 2014, a couple of talented people pulled together their resources to organize a round-table gathering in the honor of the first global enunciation of human rights which took place on 10th of December, 1948. The main focus of the discussion was universality; namely whether we could really talk about the universality of human rights when we were all raised so different. The conclusion reached was that we are all carrying with us different histories of our people, and years of political, social, economic, environmental differences shaped our rationale and groomed us into the young adults that...

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