EIRP Proceedings, Vol 13 (2018)

European Union and the Need to Stand up for the Universality of Human Rights in the Context of Migration

Marcela Monica Stoica


Europe, embodied by the European construction, was always seen as the land of unity, the landwhere people are equal and their fundamental rights are guaranteed and protected. After two world wars whenit has been proven that human life and human dignity could be at someone’s discretion, the European leaders,hand in hand with all the leaders of the world, inspired from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,stood for universality of human rights making them a corner stone for Europe. But the last years, from thisnew century, marked by severe economic and social crisis, than the starting of the Syrian war, demonstratedthat there are still many gaps that have to be fulfilled and the European project, actually, the European Union,is weaker and weaker, the distance between citizens and their leaders grows, and a strong crisis of authority isgoing on. Much more, the migration than began after the Syrian war proved that human rights are not yet sowell defended as the European and non European citizens believed and a lot of measures and strategies haveto be the main preoccupation for all the institutional and policies of the EU. Thus, this article deals with themain provisions of the European Agenda for Migration and the way the leaders succeeded, more or less, toapply it in order that universality of human rights to be respected and put it in the center of their politics.


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