European Elections Statement

23 May, 2019 | Latest, Press releases and statements

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It’s election time!

The right to vote, set out in Protocol 1, Article 3 of the Human Rights Act, is a vital prerequisite for a democratic society. We therefore urge everyone to use their democratic human right and vote in the European Elections today.

Making a Stand Against Hate

Across Europe we are seeing a marked increase in hate speech and hate crime, which affects all minority communities. 

Hostility or prejudice against any group, whether motivated by religion or faith, disability, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, or a combination of characteristics, is unacceptable and stands in stark contrast to the legacy inspired by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

We are proud to sign a statement alongside 30 other anti-racist charities, community groups, women’s rights organisations and human rights groups calling on all political parties and candidates to stand up against unlawful hate speech. The statement makes clear that, while freedom of speech and freedom of expression are a fundamental part of our democracy, they must not be used to incite harm against others. 

As human rights defenders, we call on all candidates to stand together against all forms of hate.

Protecting and Promoting Human Rights

The lessons of the last century show that human rights are essential in building a peaceful and stable world in which a prosperous and free society can flourish.

Recognising the role of the UK in developing a European human rights framework in response to the horrors of the Holocaust, we urge all candidates to put this country at the forefront of the promotion of human rights, and to use this opportunity to protect and strengthen the provision of human rights.

Whatever the result, we hope that the country can come together in calling out hatred in all its forms and expressing a commitment to equality and human rights.

You can see the full list of candidates in your area here.

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