Work plan 2014/2015

Introduction

 

Considering the ongoing threats to human rights in the world, the EC has proposed that EFPA more strongly articulates psychologists’ responsibilities and develops a policy for counteracting human rights violations.

The EC has therefore established a Task Force Human Rights.

 

As stated in the document Tasks and recommendations of a new TF Human Rights GA 2013: human rights are of crucial importance to everyone in the world, psychologists included. EFPA, like any professional organization, shall do what is within its scope and capabilities to:

· _raise awareness of human rights and (risks of) human rights violations

· _prevent human rights violations

· _alleviate the effects of human rights violations.

 

Psychologists are bound to the promotion of human well-being and human rights.

There is a strong link between ethical professional behavior of psychologists and the promotion of human rights and the prevention of human rights violations. As stated in the preamble of the EFPA Meta-Code psychologists 'aspire to use their privileged knowledge to improve the condition of both the individual and society'.

 

Psychology as a science and as a profession has accumulated a great deal of knowledge and expertise on the psychological mechanisms through which violation of human rights, institutional and everyday discrimination, exclusion of minority groups and the effects of poverty and inequity can come about. There is substantial research that has relevance for public policy.

In addition, psychologists are knowledgeable about the development and administration of intervention programs promoting Human Rights.

 

Activities

 

1)      presenting a policy paper at the General Assembly 2015 in Milan, in which among others a proposal as to how Human Rights can best be anchored in EFPA, with involvement of all Boards, Standing Committees and Task Forces.

2)      to present a action plan for EFPA associations to motivate and inspire them to promote awareness of their members of human rights, prevention of violation of human rights and alleviation of the effects of human rights violations; in this plan an outline for an education program for human rights should be included.

3)     to make a strong liaison with the Board of Ethics; the initiative has already been taken by the BoE, in order to promote a.o. the position of human rights in the model code and the national codes.

4)     to distribute a questionnaire among the EFPA members to see what place human rights take in their respective codes of ethics as well as in their statutes.

5)     to ask the EFPA members to make an inventory in their country of what is going wrong: violation of Human Rights and exclusion and discrimination of individuals and groups and what is going good: good practices of the psychologists’ organizations and of individual psychologists in the field of promoting HR, of actions against violations and  helping victims.

6)     when appropiate, advise the EC on how to react to events relevant for human rights and prepare a press release for special days like the International Human Rights Day (10 December) and Children's Rights Day (20 November)

7)     exploring possibilities for cooperation with European Union for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in Vienna, and the Regional Representative for Europe of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, IRTC, ECT, DCI, and other important agencies as much is possible in the limited time.

8)     report to the EC in January 2015 or earlier if requested, and to the GA in July 2015; deadline May 2015.

9)     to involve more members in the TF Human Rights.

 

Meetings

1)     September 12, 2015, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Optional: main agenda items

2)     March/April 2015, Athens

Optional: main agenda items