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The European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City (2000)

The European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City (Saint-Denis, 2000) is the result of the preparatory work initiated in Barcelona in 1998 in the framework of the Conference “Cities for Human Rights”, which was organised to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Hundreds of Mayors and political representatives participated in the event and united their voice to call for a stronger political acknowledgement as key actors in safeguarding human rights in a highly urbanized world.

Participating cities adopted the “Barcelona Engagement”, consisting of a roadmap to draft a political document aimed at fostering the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights at the local level.

Over the next two years, the European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City was drafted as a result of the plural dialogue between European cities, civil society representatives and human rights experts. The draft was discussed and finally adopted in Saint-Denis in 2000.

To download the European Charter for the Safeguarding of Human Rights in the City click here