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10 December 2013

The 10 December is Global Human Rights Day – an opportunity to join people from across the globe in celebrating human rights and to call for the full enjoyment of all human rights for everyone, everywhere.

The United Nations theme for Human Rights Day 2013 is “20 Years Working for Your Rights”, celebrating the creation of the High Commissioner for the promotion and protection of all human rights in December 1993 and the renewed effort to these fundamental freedoms through the Vienna Declaration.

The AIRE Centre also turns 20 this year! And as we do, we remain as committed to these principles as we were two decades ago; ensuring that families, children and those most marginalised in society benefit from their rights under European law.  

A lot has happened at the AIRE Centre this past year.

The AIRE Centre intervened in many domestic and European Court of Human Rights cases and we welcome the positive decisions in Kawogo v United Kingdom dealing with forced labour and servitude, Raw v France involving child abductions and P & & Q (by their litigation friend, the Official Solicitor) (Appellants) v Surrey County Council (Respondent) regarding mental health and the deprivation of liberty.  

We also provided submissions on the UK’s positive obligations to investigate allegations of slavery, servitude and forced labour and the right to vote as a human right, in reponse to the Voting Eligibility (Prisoners) Bill.

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