Saturday, August 8, 2009
EUROPE/US/WORLD Notable Rights Events: Challenging the "Conscience of Europe" - America - World
Photo entitled "World Home" courtesy of International Committee of the Red Cross
60 Year Anniversary of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)noted August 10th 2009: "WORK of the Council Far from Over" Also see Items on GENEVA at 60 below
Interactive Map of Europe
On-line interactive map of Europe; borders, countries, capitals and surroundings. here
US Interactive Map here
On the eve of the 60th anniversary of the first meeting of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), that took place on 10th August 1949, its President, Lluís Maria de Puig, gives a very positive account of its achievements, but recalls that the work of the Council of Europe and its Assembly as the “conscience of Europe” is far from over:
“I am among those who consider the Organisation’s record after sixty years as very positive. At a time of budgetary austerity we can say that the Council of Europe represents ‘good value for money’ for its Member States. It has successfully conducted a highly ambitious political project, bringing together under the same roof, around the same values, all the countries of a continent with a wide range of histories, cultures, languages and traditions. (Yet) ...criticism is part of democracy; it helps us pinpoint our weaknesses and remedy them. It is a case not of trying to replace the democratically elected governments but of ensuring that they respect our values by means of DIALOGUE and CO-OPERATION.We must shield democracy from the danger of the latent – and often actual – temptation of trying to deal with our societal problems by sacrificing certain of our values and restricting the exercise of our rights and freedoms.
The work of the Council of Europe and its Assembly as the ‘conscience of Europe’ is far from over”. Read the above article in full here
The Assembly marks the 60th anniversary of its first meeting with a commemorative webpage on its site here - It contains a comprehensive selection of documents, extracts from the first audio recordings and a selection of images
The GENEVA CONVENTIONS AT 60 - Learning from the past to better face the future
See items on this commemoration at the International Committee of the Red Cross - Independent, neutral organization ensuring humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and other situations of violence
The ICRC is marking the 60th anniversary of the four Geneva Conventions, signed on 12 August 1949, by calling for improved compliance with the treaties by States and armed groups. The ICRC will also use the occasion to present its views on future developments of international humanitarian law. The Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols form the backbone of international humanitarian law, which places limits on how war is waged. All 194 States are party to the Geneva Conventions, making them universal. See one example of recent press release:
ICRC survey: civilians should be left out of armed conflict and more at iccrc dot org and click on language of choice.
NOTE more on the upcoming Commemoration of GENEVA August 12th, the award event for Mary Robinson of the UN, and the Ongoing concerns for Children during War at hrea dot org. here
We celebrate and commend the good that has been done and challenge what is urgently left to do - particularly at this time I challenge my nation America and her allies to keep their word on Geneva.
Posted by CN at 12:54 PM