World Youth Alliance Supports Decision of the European Council on the Social Concerns of the Irish People on the Treaty of Lisbon

The World Youth Alliance, a global coalition of young people promoting the dignity of the human person in policy and culture, is encouraged by the wording of draft legal guarantees that concretely address the concerns of the Irish people in regards to the Treaty of Lisbon. In particular, World Youth Alliance is encouraged that the Council resolved to protect the integrity of Article 40 of the Irish Constitution in a legally binding Protocol to the Lisbon Treaty.

In November of 2008, World Youth Alliance Europe was invited to spoke to the Oireachtas – Irish Parliament Sub-committee on Ireland’s Future in the European Union. Today, on behalf of our members around the world, we reiterate our statement in support of the Irish people’s desire to uphold and respect human dignity and life.

Article 40 reaffirms that all human beings are equal before the law and that human life will be protected from conception to death. This article ensures that the human person is the center and focal point of law and policy. It is evidence that the Irish people understand that the intrinsic dignity of every human life is the foundation of human rights and of the right to life. We believe that the European Union as a whole can benefit from knowledge of the Irish Constitution, and use it as a guide for developing a philosophy of human rights and a body of human rights law that takes human dignity as its starting point. 


 François Jacob, WYA Europe director, invited to speak at the Irish Parliament, November 2008

World Youth Alliance recognizes that the Decision of the European Council to respect the Irish Constitution in matters of life and family is a starting point for promoting a “common understanding” of human rights that reaffirms the dignity and worth of the human person and creates the necessary conditions for human flourishing. We hope that this is a sign of future efforts to respect the traditions and cultures of Member States within this common understanding of the human person.

World Youth Alliance is a global coalition of young people committed to promoting the dignity of the person and building solidarity among youth from developed and developing nations. WYA trains young people to work at regional and international levels to impact policy and culture. WYA represents 1 million members through its 5 regional offices in Africa (Nairobi), Asia-Pacific (Manila), Europe (Brussels), Latin-America (Mexico) and North-America (New York). In Europe, WYA gathers around 3.000 members and 40 youth-organizations.

For more information contact Francois Jacob, World Youth Alliance – Europe, Rue Belliard 23 A , 1040 Brussels, Belgium, Tel +32 2 732 7605, Fax +32 2 732 7889,