The chairperson of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights, Ms. Adriana van Dooijeweert, will visit Saba and Statia from April 9 to 13, 2018, to discuss human rights with people on the islands. The Institute will organize a Town Hall meeting in your neighborhood. Ms. Van Dooijeweert will explain why human rights are so important in the relationship between you and the government and between citizens. She would like to hear from you what issues you are dealing with. Examples of current themes in the field of human rights are: tackling poverty and the housing situation. Everyone is invited to actively discuss these important rights during the Town Hall meetings:
Location Sunny Valley Youth Center
Date Monday, April 9th
Time 6pm – 8pm
Location Community Center
Date Wednesday, April 11th
Time 6pm – 8pm
What are human rights?
Governments have a lot of power. Human rights exist to protect citizens from abuse by the government’s power. Countries have agreed that they guarantee these rights for all citizens so that everyone can live in human dignity. Everyone, for example, has the right to hold an opinion and to express that opinion freely, and everyone has the right to a fair trial by an independent court. But also, the right to education, having enough to eat, health care and a roof over your head are important. These rights apply to everyone regardless of race, color, gender, language, religion, political ideology, national or social origin, wealth, place of birth or any other status.
Your presence is important!
Human rights form the basis for all of your government’s legislation and policies. You will be informed about the role of the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights and you can have a say on topics that are important to you. Together we will discuss which human rights topics are currently relevant in your community. How can the Institute help? Come to the Town Hall meeting on Monday, April 9th on Saba, or Wednesday, April 11th on Statia, starting at 6pm, so that we can share insights and opinions with each other.
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Source: St. Martin News Network http://www.smn-news.com/st-maarten-st-martin-news/28965-your-human-rights-matter.html