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GUE/NGL marks Human Rights Day with plea to uphold values across EU

Ahead of UN Human Rights Day tomorrow, GUE/NGL Coordinator on the Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) at the European Parliament has used the occasion to highlight the deteriorating situation within the European Union.

This year’s theme urges everyone to stand up for someone else's rights and to preserve ‘humane values’ against intolerance and hatred.

Marie-Christine Vergiat, French MEP and GUE/NGL Coordinator on DROI committee, said:

“The evolution of the rule of law, democracy and human rights in the European Union is worrying. It seems that Viktor Orbán – who promotes an intolerant democracy – is attracting more and more support.”

“Under these circumstances, the conception of an identity – European or national – can only progress at the expense of those who reside within the EU. We cannot accept compromises on this,” she said.

“The rights of migrants is one such example. However, the growing threats to women's rights, freedom of expression and minority rights are equally present throughout the EU. “

“Many brandish their Christian, national or family values – but often to the detriment of the diversity of individuals and their most fundamental rights,” concluded Vergiat.