Non-Governmental Organisations

CANDIDATE FOR THE POST OF CHAIR OF THE
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE
OF THE CONFERENCE OF INGOs
(Election 26 June 2014)

PRESENTATION

Michel AGUILAR

Position in the INGO

Vice-president of the committee for relations with European institutions

Full title and acronym of the INGO

European Buddhist Union (EBU)

Year participatory status was granted to the INGO

2008

Date of birth

12/04/1952

Nationality

French

Working languages

French, English, German, Spanish

MOTIVATION

Dear colleagues

Having been a consultant on the issues of dignity and ethics in business since 1989, I am in constant touch with the changes affecting European society. It is this experience of combining ethics, dignity and human rights with the dominant trends and less prominent aspects of the contemporary world that I intend to put to work for the Human Rights Committee.

Human rights, the separation of politics from religion, equal dignity and education in contemporary affairs have always guided my inner compass. My work and my voluntary sector activities show how I have remained faithful to these ideals over time.

Since January 2009, I have played an active part in all the sessions and “intersessions” of the Conference of INGOs, especially in the working groups on:

    Abolition of torture;
    Human rights and religions;
    Religious dimension of intercultural dialogue.

Since 2011, I have been invited by the Committee of Ministers to the annual Exchanges on the Religious Dimension of Intercultural Dialogue.

My work is organised in such a way that if you give me your votes I will be able to chair the committee and focus in particular on:

    Supporting the activities of the working groups;
    Helping to strengthen the relations with the pillars of the Council of Europe;
    Helping to expand relations with the European Court of Human Rights;
    Supporting the representation of the Conference of INGOs at the CDDH;
    Developing relations with the Fundamental Rights Agency.
    Setting up a monitoring group on the question “What do ‘human rights’ mean to under 35-year-olds?” and producing a report on the subject by the end of my term.