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2030 agenda for Sustainable Development: CSOs coalition letter to Frans Timmermans
From June 2015 onwards, a considerable number of EU-based Civil Society Organisations from the sustainability, development, environment and social sectors have been meeting to consider in which way we can contribute to the implementation, monitoring and follow-up of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, both in Europe and beyond.
This week, this broad CSOs Coalition in which amongst others SOLIDAR takes part, has addressed a joint letter to the European Commission’s First Vice-President Frans Timmermans.
Solidaritè Laïque: access to education for migrants in Calais
On Saturday 6th January, SOLIDAR member Solidarité Laïque has inaugurated its ’Ecole Laïque du Chemin des Dunes’ providing education to minors and adults living in the encampment in Calais, also wrongly called “the jungle”. The action aims at coping with the emergency as well as calling on national authorities such as the Ministry of Education to take its responsibilities in ensuring universal access to education as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This positive example of social inclusion promotes solidarity within the camp and highlights how inter-cultural values can be promoted in spite of degrading living conditions.
Egypt: EU should not compromise on Fundamental Rights!
The assassination of Italian PhD researcher Giulio Regeni, whose body was found in Cairo last week with signs of torture has raised international concern over the worsening security situation in Egypt at the expenses of human rights and fundamental freedoms. Although the circumstances behind Regeni’s killings remain unknown, the fact has drawn international attention to the unlawful practices of the current regime in Egypt when it comes to human rights and fundamental freedoms. Giulio Regeni was researching on independent trade unions and labour rights and the 6 April movement in.
News and truth
Both the US election campaign and the rise of populism and right wing extremism in Europe have highlighted a new trend. It seems that “I only believe what I want to believe” has become the motto for those who pretend to understand the motives of the traditional press in presenting ambiguous facts and figures. Biased news items have become the rule rather than the exception, threatening even trustworthy journalists’ and officials’ credibility. Although the “Aufklärung” or enlightenment trend hasn’t reached everybody, we are spotting developments that show it is on the increase. As we find ourselves in not exactly another cold war, but another ice-age in the EU-Russia relationship, disinformation has returned as a political weapon. The same is true of Syria, where a dictatorship is responsible for continuous violations of human rights. Even those who were convinced social media would counteract such tendencies are less certain of that now, as even 140 characters can be used for spreading disinformation.