European Anti-Discrimination Council
As decided at the
Founding Assembly of the Council on Global Antidiscrimination, March 2,
2011, The Willard Hotel, Washington D.C.
believe that all people are created equal and possess unalienable
rights. An integral part of these are liberty and the pursuit of a life
in self determination. The dignity of humankind is inviolable. To
respect and protect it shall be the duty of all public authority.
II. Now, therefore, the signatories hereby declare as follows:
the Civil Rights Movement in the United States constituted a special
American phenomenon which had to be understood in the light of American
history and dealt with in terms of the American situation in the
beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement. On a more important level, what
happened then in the United States was a relatively small part of a
world development. Forty years later we see the need for action and
development of these rights on a global scale.
We have learned
from the experience of the Civil Rights Movement that without effective
legal provisions that enable victims to fight their own defense, all
well meaning declarations remain hollow and lack merit.
see a road over which billions of people are traveling to find a new
sense of dignity. This road opens a new era of progress and hope. As
with the US Civil Rights Bill in its day, we are convinced, it will be
widened and lengthened into a super highway of justice as people in
increasing numbers create alliances to overcome their common problems.
Now is the time to find the resolve and combine forces to vigorously pursue these goals.
need to build pressure for effective laws and their implementation. An
effective global network and exchange of ideas is of paramount
importance. We call on members of the legal and medical profession,
lawmakers as well as individuals and organizations supporting the
victims of discrimination to support this fight our common quest.
Given this 2nd of March 2011 at Washington D.C.
[the signatories of the Washington Resolution]
The EAC supports the Washington Resolution of the Council on Global Antidiscrimination