Human rights

  • Europe and the Future of Human Rights

    UPF Conference on “Europe and the Future of Human Rights”

    On December 12, 2018, UPF, together with partnering organisations, convened in the European Parliament in Strasbourg a conference on the theme: ‘Europe and the Future of Human Rights’.

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  • Freedom of Faith a ‘Litmus Test’ for All Human Rights

    Dr. Jan Figel, the European Union special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU

    Intervention of Dr. Jan Figel, the European Union special envoy for the promotion of freedom of religion or belief outside the EU, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

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  • Freedom of religion and its role in the promotion of peace

    Dr. Raffaela Di Marzio

     Intervention of Dr. Raffaela Di Marzio, Founder and Director, LIREC (Center for Studies on Freedom of Religion, Belief and Conscience), Italy, at the international leadership conference in Vienna, Austria.

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  • Human Rights Day: UN launches campaign for 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration

    Human Rights Day: UN launches campaign for 70th anniversary of Universal Declaration

    10 December 2017 – The United Nations on Sunday kicked off in Paris, France, a year-long campaign to honor the foundational human rights document, which next year marks its 70th anniversary.

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  • Austrians Discuss Hope for Horn of Africa

    Austrians Discuss Hope for Horn of Africa

    Vienna, Austria—About 100 guests attended a panel discussion on human rights in the Horn of Africa in relation to the recent phenomenon of migration.

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  • IAPP Is Launched in Czech Republic

    IAPP Is Launched in Czech Republic

    Prague, Czech Republic—The International Association of Parliamentarians for Peace had its national inauguration at a conference held in the Czech Parliament.

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  • Sexual rights of women and girls in the context of sustainable development

    Sexual rights of women and girls in the context of sustainable development

    This article highlights the messages of two panelists at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council, focusing special attention on tackling issues regarding women’s rights and their empowerment, and closes with a short commentary.

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  • Highlights from the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

    Highlights from the 34th Session of the UN Human Rights Council

    The 11th President of the Human Rights Council, Joaquín Alexander Maza Martelli, welcomed the largest gathering of dignitaries in the Council's history to the 34th Human Rights Council in Geneva. The HRC’s annual session debuted on February 27 and ended March 24.

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  • Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Urges Initiative

    Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Urges Initiative

    In the context of the 34th Human Rights Council, Special Envoy for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Angelina Jolie, delivered the annual Sergio Vieira de Mello Foundation Lecture.

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  • Vienna memorandum

    We, convened at the round-table “Family Values, Family Policies, European Culture: Challenges and Opportunities in Central Europe Today” in Vienna on July 8, 2016, are a group of concerned citizens, educators, experts, opinion-makers and politicians from the “Visegrad Four” and other Central European countries.

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  • Czech Conference Examines Challenges and Opportunities

    Meeting at the Prague parliament

    Prague, Czech Republic—More than 50 participants attended a conference held in the Czech Parliament on “Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time.”

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  • Human Rights Day: Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time

    Dr Aaron Rhodes

    The following is based on a presentation by Dr. Aaron Rhodes at the Seminar, “Challenges and Opportunities of Our Time,” held in the Parliament of the Czech Republic on 25 November 2016, hosted by MP Nina Nováková under the co-sponsorship of UPF.

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  • Intervention of Dr. Antonio Stango - “Is migration a right and is hospitality an obligation?”

    Dr. Antonio Stango, Secretary General, Italian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights

    Intervention of Dr. Antonio Stango, Secretary General, Italian Helsinki Committee for Human Rights, at the international leadership conference in London in September, 2016, on the topic of “Is migration a right and is hospitality an obligation?”

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  • Budapest round table

    Budapest round table

    Following up on the Vienna Round table, 17 politicians, experts, academics and NGO representatives from 5 nations gathered in Budapest on Monday 24, October 2016 for a Round table convened by Hon. Nina Nováková, member of the Czech Parliament and Mr. Jacques Marion, Secretary General of UPF Europe.

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  • Vienna round table on family values

    Vienna round table on family values

    Some 25 politicians, experts and NGO representatives from Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria gathered for a Round Table on “Family Values, Family Policies, European Culture: Challenges and Opportunities in Central Europe Today” on July 8, 2016, in Vienna.

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  • The Rising Need for Societal Development

    Dr. Walther Lichem, Former Head, Department of International Organizations, Foreign Ministry, Austria

    The global agendas for the 21st century are marked by an enhanced focus on the human being, on the citizen and on societies in addition to the traditional addressing of issues related to governments and states. Peace is not any more the achievement of governmental armament, defended borders and related policies but, as the title of our meeting indicates, the result of value structures of societal cultures carried by the human being and by societies.

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  • European Leadership Conference in London Addresses Human Rights

    European Leadership Conference in London Addresses Human Rights

    London, UK - "Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?" was the theme of a European Leadership Conference Nov. 21-22, 2013 in the Houses of Parliament in London.

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  • Inter-Religious Inclusion in Europe

    Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, a retired Anglican priest, now holding the position of President of the World Congress of Faiths

    Rev. Dr. Marcus Braybrooke, a retired Anglican priest, now holding the position of President of the World Congress of Faiths, chaired the the Inter-Religious Inclusion in Europe session of the European Leadership Conference on the theme, "Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?",  held on November 21-22, 2013, in the Houses of Parliament, London, United Kingdom.

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  • Freedom of Religion and Belief & Religious Freedom in Europe

    Peter Zoehrer, Chief Editor and Secretary General of FOREF-Europe

    Presentation by Peter Zoehrer, Chief Editor and Secretary General of FOREF-Europe, at the European Leadership Conference on the theme, "Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?",  held on November 21-22, 2013, in the Houses of Parliament, London, United Kingdom.

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  • Women in Democracy

    Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma, Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom

    Intervention by the Rt. Hon. Baroness Sandip Verma, Member of the House of Lords, United Kingdom, at the European Leadership Conference on the theme, "Human Rights: Are Democratic Nations Upholding a Better Standard?",  held on November 21-22, 2013, in the Houses of Parliament, London, United Kingdom.

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