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1 draft resolution No. 260/X whereas poverty is a harsh reality for a considerable part of the Portuguese population, taking into account the levels of income, material, technological and organizational progress already achieved in our country;
Whereas the situation of poverty is wicked and intolerable in the light of ethical criteria enshrined in the fundamental documents, including the Constitution of the Portuguese Republic, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or the European Social Charter;
Whereas freedom is a fundamental human right that guarantees when they are assured the exercise of actual conditions, conditions that poverty denies, constituting a situation of deprivation of freedom, which offends human dignity;
Whereas in some countries and supranational instances, if comes developing awareness that poverty is not only an injustice inflicted upon poor, who are the first victims, but also has negative consequences for democracy, sustainable development and social peace;
Whereas the recognition of the dignity inherent in all members of the human family and their equal rights and inalienable rights is the Foundation of freedom, justice and peace in a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want and how is proclaimed as the highest aspiration 1;
Considering that the eradication of poverty should raise a broad civic engagement and a strong political commitment;
Whereas, despite a long history of concern for the poor, most recently expressed in considerable number of policies, programmes, projects and public and private initiatives, involving massive human and financial resources, it is necessary to deepen the perspectives and solutions with a view to the eradication of poverty;
Whereas the European Social model and its implementation in the framework of the Lisbon strategy, the European Union Member States to draw up national action plans for inclusion, with decisive impact on the eradication of poverty by setting adequate targets and concrete measures of monitoring indicators;
1 in preamble of the Universal Declaration of human rights 2 Considering the III National Action Plan for inclusion, which constitutes the national options of policies for the eradication of poverty and social exclusion;
Whereas Portugal, once a pioneer in the abolition of slavery, today, in fidelity to the array of its values, recognises that poverty such as that, it inhibits freedom and denies dignity to the human person, and as such must be abolished;
Considering that this is the year of celebrating the 60 years of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of human rights;
The Assembly of the Republic declares solemnly that poverty expressed and leads to violations of Human Rights and, consequently, all responsible for the creation of institutional and social mechanisms that lead to its eradication.
The Assembly of the Republic intends to: 1. Take the specific mission of permanent observation and monitoring of the situation of poverty in Portugal, within Parliament; 2. Ask the Government to present to Parliament an annual report on the implementation of the national action plan for inclusion.
Lisbon, January 2008 MEMBERS
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