Experts Urge New Era of Global Human Rights and Equality Amidst World termoil

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Experts Urge New Era of Global Human Rights and Equality Amidst World
Economic Turmoil
Press release, The Equal Rights Trust, October 21, 2008
London – More than 120 of the world’s leading human rights and equality
experts are today calling for the most radical re-think of equal rights in
two generations as global economic turmoil holds nations in its grip.
Signatories from 44 nations are urging governments and individuals to back a
new declaration – 60 years after the epoch-making Universal Declaration on
Human Rights followed in the wake of World War II.
The new declaration, launched today in London by The Equal Rights Trust,
would transform treatment of discriminated groups across the world and is
the first ever international initiative to set out general legal principles
that define equality as a basic human right.
Sir Bob Hepple QC, a leading UK human rights lawyer and one of the 128
international signatories to the declaration, said: “There are growing
inequalities within and between different nations. This was a serious issue
before the current global crisis. It is now one of the most pressing issues
we face today.
“Recession and depression can lead to increasing exclusion and, at worst,
persecution of the most vulnerable groups within society. That is why the
Universal Declaration on Human Rights happened in 1948 and it is why we need
to establish universal equality for all human beings today.”
The Declaration on Principles of Equality:
. Defines the right to equality as a basic human right and, in doing so,
combines human rights and equality law concepts.
. Provides a global expression of equality between discriminated people.
. Ensures consistency in the way different nations treat the right to
. Ends inconsistencies in the rights afforded to different discriminated
groups within the same societies and nations and so ends the current
hierarchy of discrimination.
Sir Bob, chair of the Equal Rights Trust, added: “We are making a very
serious mistake if we attempt to tackle world economic recession in
isolation from the social devastation that it could herald.
“Depression can result in heinous erosion of basic human rights and we need
only look at the 1930s and the consequent rise of Fascism to understand the
“Without the active and positive pursuit by governments of substantive
equality, the gap between the haves and have-nots will increase
dramatically. Outsiders belonging to other identity groups, like the
foreigners in the recent riots in disadvantaged South African townships,
will be blamed. Now is the time to act decisively not only on the economy,
but at the same time on equality and human rights.”
The new declaration is based on a total of 27 principles and will be
submitted to UN officials as part of a global campaign to win support for
the initiative.
The Principles move away from the pursuit of single-issue equality agendas
for particular identities such as gender, race, disability, religion, age –
which, its authors claim, have been one of the most serious weaknesses of
anti-discrimination law. The Declaration provides expert guidance for
promoting equality – even in countries where no anti-discrimination law
currently exists.
Renate Weber, Member of the European Parliament and one of the signatories
of the Declaration said:
“I have no doubt that making the Declaration legally binding would change
the current European reality. The European Union should not only adopt the
Declaration but also promote it world-wide.”
Background information:
The Equal Rights Trust (ERT) is an independent international organisation
whose purpose is to combat discrimination and promote equality as a
fundamental human right and a basic principle of social justice.
Established as an advocacy organisation, a resource centre and a think tank,
it focuses on the complex and complementary relationship between the
different forms of discrimination, developing strategies for translating the
principle of equality into practice.
In all its manifestations, discrimination is the most widespread human
rights violation, affecting the greatest number of people in the world
today. Although the international community has developed legal standards to
fight discrimination and promote equality, relatively few states  have
tackled discrimination and fewer still have effectively promoted equality
using legal means.
Over 160 countries in the world lack effective legal protection against
discrimination and legal means to promote equality. And even in countries
where such provisions are in force, the legislation is fractured,
inconsistent, complicated and inefficient. Even in the European Union, which
has made important steps towards equality legislation, grave and systematic
discrimination is widespread.
The Declaration on the Principles of Equality contains 27 principles on six
key themes: equality; non-discrimination; scope and rights-holders;
obligations; enforcement; prohibitions. The Declaration is intended to
assist efforts of legislators, the judiciary, civil society organisations
and anyone else involved in combating discrimination and promoting equality.
Click here to read the full text of the Declaration on the Principles of
Click here to view the list of the original 128 signatories
Click here to view Commentary by Dimitrina Petrova
The Declaration of P rinciples on Equality is now open for further
endorsements from both individuals and institutions. Everyone who wishes to
support the Declaration is invited to do so by sending an email message to

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