Toxic Europe

December 9 is the International Anti-Corruption Day, designated by the UN General Assembly in 2003. December 10 is the Human Rights Day, celebrated annually across the world.
Despite the distance that only apparently separates the two commemoration days, we intend to show the chain rings that link illegality, brought about by organised crime syndicates, with corruption and violations of basic human rights.
On December 9 we intend to open a focus on a particular countermeasure that can reveal to be very efficient in the fight against organised crime. The countermeasure entails the confiscation of criminal assets and the use of them for social purposes. Such procedure took the form of a law in Italy since 1996 and it proved to be a juridical tool capable of achieving two results: to efficiently hit organised crime’s economical power; to send a tremendous message to civil society and OC affiliates that organised crime is indeed defeatable and that their assets can be destined to the population again.
FLARE Network and Transparency International present the conference “Corruption organised crime, and illegal economies a serious challenge in the EU: confiscation and social reuse as a European countermeasure ” will therefore explain the mechanism and preview the potentiality if a similar juridical countermeasure is adopted at European level.
Contrary to what one might think, the circle of illegality does indeed affect human rights violations heavily. This is the case in territories where freedom of expression is limited due to connections between the media and the underground world; also, violations occur whenever shady figures exploit a territory or fuel economy with illegal businesses’ profits; they occur anytime crime syndicates exploit individuals – or in the worst case, an entire population – for their own benefit.
In this context, FLARE Network and Global Human Rights Defence propose the seminar “Voices of human rights defenders” on December 10. Experts and social activists show the links between the two and one particular case study is presented: “The Shelter for Human Rights Defenders” to be created in Turin, Italy: a housing and employment opportunity for relatives of victims, usmle step 2 social activists, journalists in exile, expelled human rights defenders – enriched by seminars, conferences and workshops – where they can find the proper tools to continue their battle in defence of their conscience and of everybody’s sake