Constitutive charter and statutes
Over 40 years ago, the foundations of an economic understanding were laid in Western Europe with the signing of the Treaty of Rome. Today, the European Union includes 27 countries and has taken on a new dimension, as economic integration is by and large completed whereas its political and social counterpart lags way behind.
A number of decisions and major policy choices which have a direct effect on the European Union’s 490 million inhabitants are being made at a level distinct from that of member governments. European unification has become a reality any person can relate to in a most straightforward sort of way.
The FIDH member organisations in the European Union are determined to play their role to the full on this new front line.
The European Union must not shy away from rules that are common to mankind as a whole, namely, those set down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, those of democracy and social justice.
We want a democratic Europe, one where every citizen is genuinely empowered, way beyond the semblance of democracy existing institutions afford.
We want Europe to have individual liberties as its foundation, but today, the European Union is being built through arrangements between police forces and judicial cooperation agreements, with the bulk of civil rights and liberties protection remaining the purview of individual governments.
We want Europe to affirm its concern for social equality: we reject the logic of an economy purely based on market forces, as sublimated into some dogmatic principle. The men and women Europe is made up of have an equal and absolute right to work, to be educated, to be free from poverty and, simply, to live as full citizens.
We want Europe to commit itself to a sustainable type of development that will preserve the environment and take its international responsibilities into account.
Finally, we want a non-discriminatory Europe which is open to the world at large and which affords both solidarity and cooperation to men and women regardless of origin; this must be achieved first by preserving the rights and dignity of those living in our countries who should all benefit from equal treatment, and also by calling a halt to efforts to build ourselves into a fortress under siege.
As we take this initiative, we press for the formation of counter-balancing powers at European Union level. We also assert our commitment to a Europe-wide civic movement. Human rights are not dependent on governments alone, since their upholding and safeguard ultimately lie with individual citizens. It is dependent on each of us, as well as on all other civic groupings that share our cause, to assert our demands for effective civic franchise. We are convinced that Europe’s civic and social future is crucially dependent on such a commitment.
Read the AEDH statutes.
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