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Civil society—not repressive regimes—should discuss inequality at G7

By August 27, 2019 No Comments

Justice for Iran, along with 82 other FIDH member organisations, has submitted an open letter to the French President, Emmanuel Macron, regarding the latest G7 summit.

The 45th G7 summit, held in Birriatz, France, had the theme of ‘fighting inequality’ and Macron has proposed a new format where in order to tackle inequality, governments notorious for their oppressive regimes are in attendance. FIDH and the 83 signatories warned President Macron that having these governments, such as India and Egypt in attendance is not the solution, and urged the President to consider inviting members of these countries’ civil society. The letter stressed that while these regimes are represented in the summit, they will enjoy freedom to perpetuate the existing inequalities within their states.

Under this new format, only ten representatives from national and international organisations that tackle inequality were allowed to participate. Although, their attendance was limited to a very few meetings and they have hence been limited in their participation and the discussions. Their attendance has been limited to a mere symbolic gesture, while government representatives enjoy the freedom to attend all parts of the summit.

This means civil society actors will continue to not be heard, whereas those perpetuating inequality, particularly gender inequality, in places such as India, Egypt and Russia, will not be held accountable for their actions. Continuing to co-operate with these regimes in order to fight inequality proves to be a disrespect of human rights and neglects the fact that these governments are its violators.

The FIDH letter included these suggestions to the French presidency:

  • Emmanuel Macron should allow the participation of civil society actors and international organisations;
  • Emmanuel Macron should reconsider his co-operation with these regimes;
  • Emmanuel Macron should shift the discussion from ‘fighting inequality’ to respecting and upholding human rights, as this has proven to be strongly linked to increasing equality.

Further Reading:

https://www.fidh.org/en/region/Africa/civil-society-not-repressive-regimes-should-discuss-inequality-at-g7

The co-signatories of this letter include:

Albanian Human Rights Group
Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma)
Anti-Discrimination Center Memorial (Russia)
Armanshahr/OPEN ASIA (Afghanistan)
Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos de España (Spain)
Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM) (Morocco)
Association Marocaine des Droits Humains (AMDH) (Morocco)
Bir Duino-Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyzstan)
Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (Egypt)
Center for Civil Liberties (Ukraine)
Centre Libanais des Droits Humains (Lebanon)
Centro de Capacitación Social de Panamá
Centro de Derechos y Desarrollo – CEDAL (Peru)
Centro de Investigación y Protección de los Derechos Humanos en Honduras – CIPRODEH
Centro de Políticas Públicas y Derechos Humanos – EQUIDAD (Peru)
Civic Committee for Human Rights (Croatia)
Collectif des Familles de Disparus en Algérie (Algeria)
Comisión de Derechos Humanos de El Salvador
Comisión Ecuménica de Derechos Humanos – CEDHU (Ecuador)
Comisión Nacional de Derechos Humanos de la República Dominicana
Commission for the Disappeared and Victims of Violence – KontraS (Indonesia)
DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights
Finnish League for Human Rights
FLAC Free Legal Advice Centres Ltd. (Ireland)
Forum Tunisien pour les Droits Economiques et Sociaux (Tunisia)
Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (Uganda)
Groupe Lotus (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Hellenic League for Human Rights (Greece)
Human Rights Association (Turkey)
Human Rights Center (Georgia)
Human Rights Center Memorial (Russia)
Human Rights Center Viasna (Belarus)
Human Rights Club (Azerbaijan)
Human Rights Commission Pakistan
Human Rights in China
Human Rights Society of Uzbekistan
INREDH (Ecuador)
International Campaign for Tibet
International Legal Initiative Foundation – ILI (Kazakhstan)
Internet Law Reform Dialogue – iLaw (Thailand)
Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI)
Justiça Global (Brazil)
Justice for Iran
Kazakhstan International Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law
Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC)
Kylym Shamy (Kyrgyzstan)
Ligue Guinéenne des Droits de l’Homme (Guinea-Bissau)
La Liga Mexicana por la Defensa de los Derechos Humanos – LIMEDDH (Mexico)
Lao Movement for Human Rights
Latvian Human Rights Committee
Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa)
LDH – Ligue des Droits de l’Homme (France)
League for Defence of Human Rights – LADO (Romania)
Legal Aid Society (Uzbekistan)
Legal and Human Rights Centre (Tanzania)
Legal Clinic “Adilet” (Kyrgyzstan)
Liga Voor Mensenrechten (Belgium)
Ligue Algérienne pour la Défense des Droits de l’Homme (LADDH) (Algeria)
Ligue des électeurs (Democratic Republic of the Congo)
Ligue Iteka (Burundi)
Ligue ivoirienne des droits de l’Homme (Ivory Coast)
Ligue sénégalaise des droits humains (Senegal)
Ligue tchadienne des droits de l’Homme (Chad)
Ligue Tunisienne des Droits de l’Homme (Tunisia)
Maison des droits de l’Homme du Cameroun (Cameroon)
Mouvement ivoirien des droits humains (Ivory Coast)
Movimento Nacional de Direitos Humanos (Brazil)
Odhikar (Bangladesh)
Organisation guinéenne des droits de l’Homme et du citoyen (Guinea)
Organisation Marocaine des Droits Humains (Morocco)
Organisation nationale des droits de l’Homme (Senegal)
Palestinian Human Rights Organisation (PHRO) (Lebanon)
People’s Watch (India)
Rencontre africaine pour la défense des droits de l’Homme – RADDHO (Senegal)
Réseau Doustourna (Tunisia)
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
Sudanese Human Rights Monitor (Sudan)
Syrian Center for Media and Freedom of Expression (SCM)
Taiwan Association for Human Rights
The Public Committee against Torture in Israel
The Sisters’ Arab Forum for Human Rights (SAF) (Yemen)
Vietnam Committee on Human Rights