Upcoming Event: “The expansion of human rights – blessing or curse?”

Human RightsEver since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948, numerous other conventions have been added. About 60 years later, the United Nations and the Council of Europe combined have adopted nearly 1,400 rights provisions.
Observers warn that the term human rights is being used too broadly. The sheer number of conventions would make it impossible to guarantee the protection of human rights and provide enforcement mechanisms.

They claim that adopting “too many” conventions, basically protecting the same rights, will weaken the importance and credibility of the conventions in general.
What defines human rights? Where can we draw the line to preserve the “most important” human rights, is there even something like a ranking of rights according to their importance? Can we speak of “human rights inflation”, and if so, is it something we need to stop?


Wednesday, 4 March 2015
Venue: Friedrich-Naumann-Stiftung für die Freiheit
Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels


Jacob Mchangama, CEO Justitia, Managing Director, Freedom Rights Project

Izabella Toth (tbc), Senior Corporate Strategist in Cordaid, Chair of the CIDSE/Caritas Europa EU- co-financing group and board member of CONCORD

Renate Weber MEP, Member of the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, Substitute of the Subcommittee on Human Rights

Dr. Sriprapha Petcharamesree,  Co-chairperson, Working Group for ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism and Former Thai Representative to the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)


Tamara Dancheva, Head of Human Rights Programme, Liberal International

Kindly register for this event before 2 March at register.brussels@fnst.org

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