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EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: What's our role in democratic life?

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The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights sets out into primary EU law a broad selection of personal freedoms that EU citizens benefit from, relating to questions of dignity, freedom, equality, solidarity, citizens’ rights and justice. Along with the Treaty of Lisbon, the Charter became legally binding on 1st December 2009, and, in line with the evolving nature of society, it helps to protect the fundamental rights of the citizens and residents of the EU.

Recent years have seen more and more young people mobilising to implement global change, from striking for climate action, to protesting against social injustices. The participation of young people in democratic life is crucial in shaping a future Europe that continues to promote human rights across its Member States.

Now, it’s over to you: What is the role of today’s youth in promoting the protection of fundamental rights across Europe?

  • Why do we need the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights?
  • How can the European Parliament build on the political participation of young people?
  • Is there room for fundamental rights to be strengthened across Europe?
  • If you were an MEP, how would you improve equality and non-discrimination in Europe?

 

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Holavedsgymnasiet, Tranås
21 January 2021

Several EU countries are currently violating human rights-- we do not currently feel there are any real consequences for member states when this occurs. Among other things, lgbtq+ identities have been labelled "ideology" and state funding has been used to create "ideology free zones". We believe the EU should take larger actions against human rights violations in its member states, and help discriminated groups gain their rights. The possibility of withheld funding or expulsion could be examples.

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