Monday December 7, 2015 in Geneva, I participated on behalf of JEF in the advocacy meeting for the rights of young people of the European Youth Forum. JEF is actively engaged in youth rights and defends a stronger voice of European youth in politics, based on our firm belief in the human rights principles of the European Union, as set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and the European Convention on Human Rights. Civic engagement of young people is crucial for the future of Europe and the world.
At the United Nations Palace of Nations, ‘International youth rights law’ was launched. It contains both a source document and commentaries on historical trends in developing and codifying international instruments and standards in this area, as well as on measures taken by governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations to promote and protect human rights. youth rights. It provides a roadmap for readers to find the different sources of international youth rights law and is a point of reference for the most relevant legal documents in force. It aims to support even stronger advocacy actions to advance the rights of young people.
At the launch, I asked panelists which states we could partner with in our fight for youth rights. Ms. Guerras-Delgado, Advisor for Children’s Rights at OHCHR, replied that we are not alone and that continued cooperation with the missions of Italy, Portugal and Brazil could bring us closer to our objective of establishing a United Nations convention on the rights of young people.
This is why we have been trained in the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This method involves a review of the human rights records of all UN member states. The UPR is a state-led process, under the protection of the Human Rights Council, which offers each state the opportunity to declare the measures it has taken to improve the human rights situation. in his country and to fulfill his human rights obligations.
As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for each country when assessing their human rights situation. This process can help us promote our values and our cooperation with national youth councils on issues such as global and European citizenship education. We can use this tool to promote our values to promote our values and our cooperation with national youth councils on issues such as global and European citizenship. I look forward to taking advantage of the opportunities the process offers us.