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Ongoing Events

Human Dignity Initiative: Follow-up to Punta del Este

SUBSEQUENT WORLDWIDE EVENTS throughout 2019 and years following are designed to help give visibility to the Punta del Este Declaration in academic circles and the broader public square.  Depending upon the context, the events involve a core of distinguished expert speakers, who can in turn help to attract other suppporters. Among these are the following (in reverse chronological order):

n the context, the events a core of distinguished expert speakers, who can in turn help to attract other suppporters.


We are grateful to legal researcher, human rights activist, and author  Ewelina Ochab, who notes that as September 2019 marks 80 years since the beginning of World War II, this could be a time to recall how this global event of horrific proportions, in the depradations of war, brought denial of human dignity in mass atrocities, genocide, the Holocaust.

SUCH EVENTS AS THE FOLLOWING might be contemplated.

THE UNITED NATIONS IN GENEVA
•  UN Human Rights Council: Members of the working group could organise a side event at the UN Human Rights Council, cosponsored by Permanent Missions or NGOs with ECOSOC consultative status. Members of the working group could also make oral submissions (where possible).
•  UN Forum on Minority Issues: Member of the working group could propose for human dignity to be the topic for the forum in 2019. Member of the working group could also organise a side event at the forum and make oral submissions.
•  Members of the working group are looking into the possibility of establishing the UN Forum on FoRB (or Human Dignity) that would mirror the UN Forum on Minority Issues but with specific FoRB focus.
•  Members of the working group are considering options for turning the the Punta del Este Declaration into a UN Human Rights Council Resolution.

THE UNITED NATIONS HEADQUARTERS IN NEW YORK
•  Members of the working group could organize a side event on Human Dignity at the UN HQ.
• Members of the working group are considering options for turning the Punta del Este Declaration into a UN General Assembly Resolution.

THE ORGANIZATION OF AMERICAN STATES
•  Members of the working group could organize an event at the OAS.
•  Members of the working group are looking into the option of turning the Punta del Este Declaration into a resolution or a motion at the OAS.

THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT
• Members of the working group could organize an event at the EP.
•  Members of the working group are looking into the option of turning the Punta del Este Declaration into a resolution at the EP.

ORGANIZATION FOR SECURITY AND CO-OPERATION IN EUROPE
•  Members of the working group could organise an event at the OSCE in Vienna and/or Warsaw.

COUNCIL OF EUROPE
•  Members of the working group could organize an event at the CoE (PACE).
•  Members of the working group are looking into the option of establishing a new mandate of a Special Rapporteur to look into the issue of human dignity in CoE member states.

EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
•  Members of the working group could organize an event at the ECtHR.

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
• Members of the working group could organize an event at the ICC focusing on human dignity and mass atrocities.

AFRICAN COURT ON HUMAN AND PEOPLES’ RIGHTS
• Members of the working group could organize an event at the African Court.

NATIONAL PARLIAMENTS
•  UK Parliament
– Members of the working group could organise an event at the UK Parliament.
– Members of the working group are looking into options how else to engage the UK Parliament (e.g. Early Day Motion, Written Parliamentary Questions, Motion for Debate, Subcommittees)
Similar steps can be taken at other Parliaments, including but not limited to, the US, Poland, the Netherlands, Austria, etc.

UNIVERSITIES
• Members of the working group could organise events at universities their members are associate with, or others that focus on the topics of Human Dignity, FoRB, etc.
• Members of the working group are considering various publications (books, articles, op-eds).

OTHER.
•  Members of the working group will be reaching out to academic or political networks, for example, the International Catholic Legislators Network, All-Party Parliamentary Groups, Caucus on FoRB, etc.