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30.04.2020 – European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights – ECCHR – Pressenza Wien

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European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights

“In an age of sometimes false, and often too much information, it is difficult for human rights
organizations to decide how much time to devote to which of our world’s manifold problems,” writes Wolfgang Kaleck, ECCHR’s general secretary, in our 2019 Annual Report.

Climate change and related environmental destruction dominated the news in 2019, but for us as a human rights organization, there were, and continue to be, many challenges and cases besides the ecological crisis in which we use legal means to support those affected by human rights violations.

Be it in Syria or Yemen, or along Europe’s external borders – people’s political, civil, economic and social rights are suspended or violated around the world. War, repression, the exploitation of natural resources, as well as the consequences of the current coronavirus crisis will worsen many people’s living conditions.

There is good news, however. We are far from alone in fighting for human rights. Many organizations, individuals and protest movements, especially amongst the younger generation, are outspoken in working on behalf of others, including the most marginalized in our societies. This gives us hope and strength every day to fight for a fairer and more united world. ECCHR’s 2019 Annual Report shows our work towards this aim over the past year.

Artist Mari Bastashevski generously allowed us to reprint works from her State Business series in the report.

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We must act and dare the appropiateness and not whatever comes to our mind not floating in the likelihood but grasp the reality as brave as we can be freedom lies in action not in the absence of mind obedience knows the essence of good and satisfies it, freedom dares to act and returns God the ultimate judgment of what is right and what is wrong, Obedience performs blindly but Freedom is wide awake Freedom wants to know why, Obedience has its hands tied, Freedom is inventive obedient man respects God’s commands and by virtu of his Freedom, he creats new commands. Both Obedience and Freedom come true in responsability (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)

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