December 10, 2018 – 70 years since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Although this document guarantees equal rights and a minimum level of dignity to each person, every day, reality shows us how much more we have to fight until we reach this goal.

According to a study published by Eurostat in October, Romania has the second highest risk of poverty and social exclusion in the European Union, affecting over 38% of the population. Moreover, 900,000 people in Romania live in extreme poverty, according to the same study. The effects of this statistic translate into  the inability of these people to provide for their and their family’s health and well-being, in terms of food, clothing, housing, health care, access to education and other social services. These rights are directly stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These situations mainly affect children, who are the most vulnerable category. An example is the situation regarding education: over 300,000 children are out of the education system and many of the children with disabilities do not go to school, as data published by UNICEF shows.

The risks people who go through these experiences are exposed to include: the risk of social exclusion, the risk of being a victim of human trafficking, abuses of different forms. These bring with them a series of social and economic consequences, affecting the communities to which they belong to. Thus, our responsibility as legislators is to try and make things right. That is why we have proposed two projects that facilitate access to education and health services for children without IDs.

We still have much to do to make sure that all citizens of Romania have access to the same fundamental rights guaranteed not only by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, but also by the Constitution itself; however, it is in our power, dear colleagues, to do so, so let’s do this. I invite you to turn our attention to those who are trying to help, be it a public institution, an NGO or a private person, and see what we can do to support them!