Training day for lawyers to promote the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
Human rights are not just words on paper, said on Tuesday the President of the Pancypriot Bar Association (PDA), Michalis Vorkas, pointing out that their realization is the way to a fairer, more equal and inclusive society.
According to a statement from the PDS, Mr. Vorkas was speaking at a training session for lawyersfor the promotion of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union co-organized by the Office of the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights and the Pancypriot Bar Association.
As mentioned, the Office of the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights, within the framework of its competences as a National Human Rights Authority/Equality and Anti-Discrimination Agency, participates as a partner in a regional Project financed by the EEA and Norway Grants funds, and has with the aim of supporting the National Human Rights Authorities (NHRAs) of EU member countries in monitoring the implementation of fundamental rights at national level and fundamental rights-related aspects of the rule of law. It is noted that the specific project will be completed on 29/2/2024.
It is added that the conference was welcomed by Mr. Vorkas and the Commissioner for Administration and Protection of Human Rights, Maria Stylianou Lottidi.
In his greeting Mr. Vorkaspointed out that the modern data arising from the evolution of society, as well as scientific and technological developments, create new challenges regarding the need to strengthen the protection of human rights.
“The defense of fundamental rights is a shared responsibility and requires a collective effort from all cooperating parties: EU institutions and bodies, national and local authorities, including law enforcement authorities, Parliament, justice officials as well as civil society organizations of citizens whose action is focused in the field of fundamental rights,” he said.
Underlining that human rights are not just words on paper, he said that their realization is the path to a more just, equal and inclusive society. “Lawyers, protecting the rights and freedoms of citizens, as collaborators of justice, have a key role in upholding the rule of law,” he continued.
In a state of law, he noted, an effective justice delivery system is judged by its speed and quality.
He pointed out, however, that in comparative studies, reports and charts, Cyprus unfortunately lags behind the last countries of the EU regarding the speed of administration of justice.
“Of course, finding out is not enough. Projects are needed and the state must assume its maximum responsibility. It is imperative that the necessary and sufficient resources for the implementation of large, important and prerequisite projects be made available for justice based on the philosophy of workable solutions and not occasional policing. If we do not invest in justice, we cannot talk about development”, he noted.
Concluding his greeting, Mr. Vorkas pointed out that the importance of respecting the goals and principles of the human rights of all people, it still requires painstaking and persistent efforts in Cyprus as well. “In prevention, in knowledge – training, in application and protection, in the evaluation of the result and progress”, he said. Dr. Dimitra Loizou, Lecturer in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law, UCLan Cyprus University, who developed topics related to the introduction into the EU system of fundamental rights, the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the challenges that exist.