We have rights, we weave freedoms
| Subject: International Cooperation
The metropolitan programme for the defence of Human Rights at the local level is presented.
This morning, in Torrelles de Llobregat, took place the presentation of the programme ‘We have rights, we weave freedoms', which was launched by the International Relations and Cooperation Area of the AMB and the smaller municipal councils, with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants: Begues, Cervelló, el Papiol, la Palma de Cervelló, Sant Climent de Llobregat, Santa Coloma de Cervelló i Torrelles de Llobregat, in defence of human rights at the local level.
This programme enables municipalities to contribute to promoting citizens' critical awareness of and engagement with inequality and global conflicts. The first edition of "Tenim Drets, Teixim Llibertats" (We have rights, we weave freedoms) focused on the promotion of refugees' human rights.
According to figures from the UNHCR, approximately 322,000 people crossed the Mediterranean towards Europe in 2015, fleeing violence and persecution, and this number has continued to increase in recent years. The war in Syria, which began in 2011, has already internally displaced 7.6 million people and made 4 million people refugees.
In various activities and workshops aimed at everybody, ‘We have rights, we weave freedoms' promotes knowledge of refugees' and asylum seekers' living conditions, and aims to promote understanding and respect and foster a change in attitudes. One of the most important initiatives will be the final event, which will take place on the beach in Barcelona on 14 May, where a giant tapestry will be woven from pieces of fabric containing demands and desires that will be collected during all the activities in the programme taking place in the municipalities.
This morning's event included a round table discussion moderated by the journalist Adrian Bas, with the participation of Nour Al Chikh Oughlli, an eyewitness from Syria, and Fernando Pujol, from the NGO Proactiva Open Arms.
The launch of this new metropolitan programme is the AMB's first steps in an area of work involving Education for Global Justice, in which it will produce information and informative materials for the public and organise awareness-raising events in the metropolitan area.
Plaça de Sant Martí Torrelles de Llobregat