Nov 30, -0001

2009 International Human Rights Day

To mark the occasion of the International Human Rights Day 2009, UNPO and Global Human Rights Defence (GHRD), together with the European Network FLARE Freedom Legality and Rights in Europe, are organising a two days initiative focusing on the position of migrant and diaspora organisations in the human rights field.

The initiative is part of De Brug - Migranten voor Mensenrechten - a programme for networking among migrant and diaspora organisations in the Netherlands, who are aiming to promote and protect human rights in their countries of origin.

On the occasion of the 10th December celebrations, De Brug will compile a MANIFESTO on Human Rights focusing on five thematic areas, which are timely in Dutch politics at the moment.  Among these are: Socio economic rights (including environment), women’s rights and gender, trafficking (the slavery of the third millennium), protection and support of human rights defenders and the effective implementation of the principle of non-discrimination, with specific regards to  refugees and asylum seekers.

More than 30 organisations from different countries are working on the preparations of the Manifesto. The Manifesto itself will be written during five simultaneous workshops taking place on the 9th December 2009 at the Kivi Niria, Prinsessegracht 23, The Hague between 10.30 and 16.30.

The following day, on December 10th, the Manifesto will be presented to the Dutch Parliament. The full program for both the 9th and 10th of December are currently being finalized. Updates will be posted on this website.

The official flyer for the event can be downloaded here.