In 2018, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70. On 10 December 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the historic agreement, which now forms the basis of international human rights law. Human rights in the European Union are protected by the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and are considered a fundamental value of the EU alongside respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.
Yet are we at risk of taking human rights for granted? International organisations such as the UN, and NGOs such as Freedom House and Human Rights Watch all warn that fundamental civil and human rights are under assault globally. Are autocratic governments and populist politicians chipping away at an international rights framework that has taken decades to construct?
What does the picture looks like in your own country? Do you feel that your human rights are well-protected and enforced? Or do you get the feeling that either human rights in your country are not being uniformly applied, or that there is a rollback or erosion of rights?
The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights is conducting a hearing. To have your say, visit: