Candidates for the European Parliament should clarify their positions on key human rights issues at a time when respect for human rights and the rule of law are under attack from some European leaders, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has sent a questionnaire to leading candidates from European political groupings running for election and plans to make the responses public ahead of the 23-26 May, 2019 polls.
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About the campaign
The ‘Free and Fair Europe’ campaign asks candidates in the European Elections to uphold the founding values of the European Union : respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality, the rule of law and respect for human rights.
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Ahead of the elections taking place on 23-26 May 2019, the campaign :
Encourages candidates to sign the Pledge for a «Free and Fair Europe» and to detail their priorities if re/electedDownload the pledge Sign the pledge!
Provides citizens with the opportunity to make an informed choice regarding candidates who have publicly committed to a Free and Fair Europe.Look at the map
The “Free and Fair Europe” campaign is developed along three key axes
to ensure democracy, human rights, international law and respect for the rule of law, which are being threatened, with attacks against human rights defenders, civil society organisations, the media and the independence of the judiciary
to promote pluralism, non-discrimination, diversity, justice, solidarity and equality; combat discrimination, inequalities and violence against women and girls; address migration by designing and implementing a fair, compassionate and efficient migration and asylum system in compliance with international human rights law
to embed human rights in all EU policies and programmes guaranteeing that complaint mechanisms are available to remedy negative impacts, including in the area of trade and investments; To ensure that the private sector respects human rights and is held to account.
- At least one candidate has signed the pledge
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Social Platform’s European elections 2019 campaign video seeks to mobilise EU citizens to take part in the elections and to vote for candidates who will put people’s dignity, rights and well-being on the top of European Union’s priority list.
In the run-up to the 2019 European Elections, End FGM EU and its members are conducting a Campaign in 7 points to ensure violence against women and girls, including FGM, is high on the new EU representatives’ agenda. If you are an European elections candidate, sign the Manifesto, share & spread the word!
Are you a European Parliamentary candidate? If so, Become a #ChildRightsChampion to defend and protect children’s rights at home and abroad and to ensure a sustainable future that leaves no child behind.
This time it’s not enough to just hope for a better future: this time we all need to take responsibility for it. Get involved to promote democratic engagement in the European elections.
“Come Out” in support of the human rights of LGBTI people, and proactively seek opportunities to ensure their protection.