Why do we focus on Political and Civil Human Rights?
We know that even today in many authoritarian regimes, people are persecuted for exercising their rights of freedom of expression, assembly, association, press, religion or conscience. It is important for us to support these persecuted and supressed individuals.
These civil and political human rights are often called the “classical human rights and fundamental freedoms”, and in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Human Rights (1966) they were authoritatively recorded. The so-called “second-generation human rights” summarize the economic, social and cultural human rights which have been long neglected. The fact that many human rights organizations nowadays focus their efforts on these rights, has attracted much public attention. But it is vitally important that we keep both civil and political human rights at the forefront of public awareness.
In our opinion the establishment of political and civil human rights is a prerequisite for the reconsideration and appliance of further rights. Only those who are able to express their opinion freely are also able to point out grievances about other human rights Only those who are able to assemble freely, are also able to organize themselves for the improvement of problems in their country.
What are our goals?
We research and collect information on violations of political and civil human rights and launch public campaigns on these issues. Our aims are to mobilize the public, to protest with appeals and actions against human rights violations to achieve an improvement of the human rights situation in repressive countries. In this way, we hope to help the victims of human rights violations and assure them of our solidarity.
We hope that many other people, as well as ourselves, will refuse to ignore this existing injustice, and instead raise their voices against it and support the victims of these human rights violations. In the long term view we hope there will be no countries left where people are persecuted just because they spoke out or demonstrated peacefully.
Why our work is still necessary today?
Unfortunately there are still many countries, even in Europe and close to our own neighborhoods, where human rights which we almost take for granted are violated. Even today thousands of people are imprisoned in the jails of authoritarian regimes. Day by day people are persecuted because they express their opinion, exercise their religious beliefs or engage in civil society. As long as people are politically persecuted for such reasons, our work will be necessary.
What’s the meaning of „Libereco“?
The word „Libereco“ has its origin in the international auxiliary language of Esperanto, which Ludwik Lejzer Zamenhof introduced in 1887 as an easy and flexible language that would serve as a universal second language to foster peace and international understanding. Libereco means freedom. Libereco stands for what we believe in and campaign for.
What is the meaning of “Partnership” in our name?
“Partnership” signifies that we work together with other organizations and initiatives. In countries where human rights are violated, we rely on information from local human rights organizations, or, if this is not possible, from their representatives abroad. Along with the needs and suggestions of our partner organisations, we publicise human rights violations and call for actions against them – in this way we try to help the victims as much as possible.
Together with organisations and initiatives from all over the world, we develop and coordinate joint actions and appeals in order to mobilize as many people as possible to act against human rights violations.
Is Libereco bound to specific religious, political or ideological views?
Libereco is a non-religious and non-party organization. We are open to people of all religions and convictions.
Libereco vehemently opposes any racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic and anti-Semitic expressions and strongly dissociates itself from all organisations which give voice to any such opinions.
Who can become a member of Libereco?
Everyone who is at least 16 years old and agrees to the objectives of Libereco can become a member. If you are under 16 years old, membership is possible with your parents’ approval.
You can become a member of the German association of Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights e.V. or of the Swiss association Libereco – Partnership for Human Rights.
Members have to pay an annual membership fee and are able to participate actively in the publication of new objectives, actions and the further development of Libereco. Members have voting rights in the general meeting of members.
As a member you have the possibility of working actively in Libereco. But active participation is not a necessary requirement for membership.