Our Mandate: The FAAVM is a nonprofit, charitable organization. Our major focus involves using various multifunctional civil rights programs to help our mostly disadvantaged minorities. Via the FAAVM multilateral humanitarian systems, and activities, we're able to reach out to these people who are very difficult to reach via more traditional-type programs. We then use these activities to help improve the quality of life of these disadvantaged communities. nationwide and worldwide. Securing minority rights assists in achieving stable and prosperous societies, in which human rights, development and security are achieved by all, and shared by all. Within this wider context of minority issues, the normative framework provided by minority rights should be understood as a necessary element to ensure integrated societies and to promote social inclusion and cohesion.
Ethnic inequality is widespread and a drag on the global economy. Ethnic inequality, the political and economic disadvantages felt by racial minority groups persists across the globe. Not only is such discrimination unfair, it is a drag on global economic growth, and will not go away by itself. Inequality affects two main groups of ethnic minority populations. Long-term settled communities, which often pre-date the boundaries of nation states by many centuries, are more commonly found in Asia and Africa. One example is the Dalits in India – though Roma populations in eastern Europe and Scottish people in the UK are other examples. More recent minority populations, which have mainly arrived through migration in the past century, are usually found in Europe: Bangladeshi people in Britain, for example. States are obliged to guarantee equal opportunities for everyone to participate in the economic, social, cultural and political life of society. Protecting national minority rights also has to be seen as a function of good governance and a way to promote integration. Adequately resolving inter-ethnic issues is in the interest of states and of the majority, not only of the minority. Persons belonging to national minorities whose minority rights are respected, who participate effectively in the political and economic life of the state, and who see that they can achieve their goals through the institutions of the state, are more likely to give their loyalty to the state and to accept their responsibilities to it.
To promote the implementation of the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, including through consultations with Governments, taking into account existing international standards and national legislation concerning minorities. Attention to minority issues has been demonstrated to be essential to efforts to promote human rights, development and stability. In the planning and implementation of programmes of work, minority issues can also be considered to ensure that minorities are consulted, and are able to participate effectively in decisions that affect them.
EUCED is a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG), as per EU Council Regulation # 2137/85, established for European and worldwide economic and development operations. It is composed of a network of enterprises and institutions working in several fields such as cooperation and development, innovation, knowledge, economic competitiveness and internationalization, acting on a global scale. Its purpose is to enhance the economic activities of its members, associates and partners within the European Union and the European Economic Area, as well as fostering strategic partnerships and alliances in other regions of the world. Please visit: http://www.euced.com
Additional Links & Resources
An Interfaith Dialogue for Peace and Security (Published by Raphael Louis)
A new economic order for global prosperity (Published by Raphael Louis)
Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities
Many States have minorities within their borders. Although no firm statistics exist, estimates suggest that 10 to 20 per cent of the world's population belong to minorities. This means that between 600 million and 1.2 billion people are in need of special measures for the protection of their rights, given that minorities are often among the most disadvantaged groups in society, their members often subject to discrimination and injustice and excluded from meaningful participation in public and political life. Minority rights, as applying to ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities and indigenous peoples, are an integral part of international human rights law. Like children's rights, women's rights and refugee rights, minority rights are a legal framework designed to ensure that a specific group which is in a vulnerable, disadvantaged or marginalized position in society, is able to achieve equality and is protected from persecution. The first postwar international treaty to protect minorities, designed to protect them from the greatest threat to their existence, was the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.
Subsequent human rights standards that codify minority rights include the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Article 27), the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, two Council of Europe treaties (the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities and the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages), and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Copenhagen Document of 1990.
EUCED is a European Economic Interest Grouping (EEIG), as per EU Council Regulation # 2137/85, established for European and worldwide economic and development operations. As well as, having the status of an European Business Association. Based in Portugal, it is accredited as a European Union lobbyist and represented in 60 countries (35 of which, in Europe). Its purpose is to enhance the economic activities of its members, associates and partners within the European Union and the European Economic Area, as well as fostering strategic partnerships and alliances in other regions of the world. Please visit: http://www.euced.com