AEDH and democracy and citizenship issues
AEDH and the European Year of Citizens Alliance
Launched in December 2012, the Alliance held its first meeting in Brussels in January 2013. To date, the Alliance brings together more than sixty organizations and networks of the European civil society and national alliances from the 27 countries of the European Union and Croatia. The European Association for the Defence of Human Rights (AEDH) is a member of the steering committee and is represented by its Honorary Chairman Pierre Barge – who also co-chairs, with Carlotta Besozzi from the European Disability Forum, the Working Group on inclusive citizenship.
The Honorary Chairman of AEDH, Mr. Pierre Barge, participates to a conference on the electoral process in Bulgaria - 20 Ocotber 2012
On October 20th, 2012, the Honorary Chairman of AEDH, Mr. Pierre Barge, participated to a conference in Sofia on the “European standards and good practices for conducting a democratic and fair electoral process – Is Bulgaria falling behind?”
Pierre Barge’s speech: "Freedom of association and freedom of expression, principles, findings and proposals" - 17 October 2012
European Year of Citizens 2013: AEDH is taking action for citizenship!
EU has decided to put citizens at the core of the European Year 2013, to mark the 20th anniversary of the establishment of the European Union citizenship under the Maastricht treaty in 1993. AEDH takes this opportunity to push forward its approach of the European citizenship: an active and participative citizenship, a social citizenship, a residence-based citizenship.
Pierre Barge’s closing speech at the conference “Democracy, future of the world?” - 20 June 2012
Cyprus: False accusation confirmed, judge drops all charges against human rights defender Doros Polycarpou - Joint press release 5 June 2012
On 5 June 2012, Doros Polycarpou, the Executive Director of Cypriot anti-racist NGO KISA, was acquitted of the charge of rioting during the 2010 Rainbow Festival in Larnaca. This decision is final and is not open for appeal. The judge found the testimonies of the prosecution witnesses to be not credible.
No to the erosion of rights for Czech European citizens: the Charter of Fundamental Rights must be applied fully in the Czech Republic - Press release 3 April 2012
AEDH and the Czech Helsinki Committee (CHC) deplore that the European Parliament rejected the guidelines laid out in the first report submitted by Andrew Duff, Member of the European Parliament (ALDE – UK) on the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union in the Czech Republic.
It is urgent to protect democracy and rights in Hungary - Press release of January 11th 2012
As it came into force on January 1st 2012, despite numerous criticisms it was subjected to, the new Hungarian Constitution (called Fundamental Law) and its attached cardinal laws seriously infringe democracy and rule of law in Hungary and are against fundamental values of the European Union as established in article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
AEDH answer to the European Commission public consultation on the citizens’ initiative - 2 February 2010
AEDH welcomes the public consultation procedure launched by the European Commission allowing civil society organisations to express their views on the way the citizens’ initiative should work and use this opportunity to express its own point of view on the issue.
AEDH answer to the public consultation on the review of the financial regulation - 17 December 2009
A motion for rejection of the European Parliament to denounce the denial of democracy in the setting up of the new European Police Office Europol - Press release, 2 December 2009
On the eve of the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty, the Council of the European Union adopted on November 30, 2009, four draft decisions on the setting up of the European Police Office Europol on January 1, 2010 . This haste has led the European Parliament to vote a motion for rejection of those draft decisions in order to denounce the denial of democracy. The ordinary legislative co decision procedure established by the Lisbon Treaty should have been the obvious solution since the new Treaty was about to enter into force, but Member States disregarded it and imposed their choice against the MEPs’ opinion.
Manifesto for a genuine European civil dialogue - April, 14th 2009
Mobilized beyond the diversity of their field of work for the European elections 2009, around a Manifesto for a genuine civil dialogue, NGOs networks wished to call on European political parties about the role of civil society organizations in a more participative democracy.
For a citizenship of residence: a convergence of viewpoints - Press release, July, 13th 2005
The European Association for the Defense of Human Rights (AEDH) rejoices in the convergence of views in the Council of Europe and the European Parliament regarding equality of treatment and the right to participate in public life for all residents of the European Union.
A European Agency for fundamental rights? - AEDH report on the respect of fundamental rights 2004
The EAHR has taken note with great interest of the decision taken by the European Council in Brussels to extend the mandate of the European Union Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) and transform it into a Fundamental Rights Agency. It is in this vein that the Association has responded to the public consultation launched by the European Commission on the basis of several issues and positions highlighted in its Communication from 25th October 2004 , by clarifying the definition of the Agency’s field of action, its remit and its tasks as well as the minimum organisational conditions necessary for the accomplishment of these tasks.
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