On the 10th of December we celebrate the 69th birthday of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. With the rise of authoritarian leaders in many European countries, the need to protect our human rights - written for the first time into the Universal Declaration - is bigger than ever.
It is high time to stop thinking that we Europeans can sit back comfortably.
Human rights abuses no longer only happen far away. They have become a serious European problem.
The governments in Poland and Hungary have rewritten judiciary laws and fired and hired judges to tilt the courts in their favour, ensuring that no legislation they pass will be deemed unconstitutional.
Hundreds of thousands of Romanians began the year demonstrating against corruption – only to have the government answer by passing laws that attempt to ban serious protests. Spain’s government has passed a ‘gag law’ that limits what demonstrators and journalists can legally say or write.
Liberties and its members are working on these issues every day because we need to defend our rights now more than ever. They keep us free, and they keep us safe.
Watch our video and stand with us to bring our rights to life in Europe!
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