Amnesty International launched this summer a petition calling on the EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding to play a more pivotal role in enhancing Europe’s human rights protection.
It is summertime in Europe: time to relax. But for an estimated 180,000 girls throughout Europe, their summer holidays will mean being forced to undergo female genital mutilation (FGM). In addition, one in ten European women will suffer sexual violence and a quarter will endure physical violence. Their rights can’t take a break.
Despite their obligation to respect and promote human rights, European institutions are simply turning a blind eye to violations in EU countries. In a Europe-wide consultation on citizens’ rights, there is not a single mention of human rights, yet it will feed directly into the Commission’s agenda of priorities for 2013, the Year of the Citizen. How can women’s rights advance if they are not even considered a priority?
As an EU citizen, you have rights which must not be overlooked.
You can help Amnesty International reach their goal of 5000 signatures by signing the petition and sharing it within your networks.
Sign Amnesty International’s petition and tell the EU you want human rights to be their top priority!
If you are a Twitter user, you can always follow the campaign’s account at @ENDFGM_Amnesty or keep track of its hashtag #RightsatRisk