Human Rights Defenders
One Voice One People
OVOP's mission is to play an active role in the global quest by ordinary
people for the true implementation of human rights and fundamental
freedoms as set out in the United Nations Universal Human Rights
Declaration and Covenants, thus empowering individuals to have a voice
in promoting human rights, fundamental freedoms, and the advancement
of democratic institutions and processes that respect and implement the
UN Declaration and Covenants.
In addressing this mission OVOP will take a wholistic view of the issues, looking not just
at immediate cases of human rights abuse but will also seek to understand the chains of
input factors that give rise to abuse. OVOP notes the following.
1. The principles and rights set out in the Universal Human Rights Declaration were adopted by
many UN Member states as legally binding international instruments known as the International
Covenants, and entered into force in 1976.
2. OVOP is a non-party-political, independent, non-profit organisation for the implementation of
Human Rights and is dedicated to act according to the "Declaration on the Right and
Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally
Recognised Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms".
3. OVOP is very concerned about increases in:
a) Poverty (Poverty itself is a violation of numerous basic human rights).
b) Injustice (Injustice is caused by deterioration of democratic processes, corrupt
judiciary and legal systems, inconsistent application of the law and refusal to fulfill
c) Violence and crime (Today's human rights abuses are the causes of tomorrow's
d) Illnesses and disabilities (Many are a direct result of denials of the inherent
dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all human beings to safe working
conditions, even more are indirectly so linked).
e) Environmental pollution and destruction. (Consequences of the ignorance and
disregard of the human rights which are embodied in the International Covenant on
Economic, Social and Cultural Rights).
(OVOP notes where the ultimate responsibility sits and that, despite the UN's
comprehensive legally binding legislation, violation of human rights occurs not only
in "underdeveloped" countries but also in "developed" countries. Human Rights
legislation is governed by the United Nations but ultimately controlled and managed
by the various national governments.)
4. OVOP agrees with the United Nation's warning "that the denial of Human Rights and the
fundamental freedoms not only is an individual tragedy, but also creates conditions of social and
political unrest, sowing the seed of violence and conflict within and between societies and
5. OVOP is committed to promoting human rights and fundamental freedoms and to contribute to
the promotion and advancement of democratic societies, institutions and processes in that,
a) Carry out its own worldwide research and investigation campaigns to find out from
individual people their understanding of Human Rights and also their concerns
regarding failure to apply these Rights.
b) Assist individuals who rights have been violated. OVOP will support the individual
victim who intends to bring the violations before the International Human Rights
c) Explore the non-application of Human Rights in developed countries by gathering
the facts from victims of human rights abuse, present the evidence to the UN and to
the global community and demand a satisfactory solution as set out in the
d) Prove to the UN and the world governments that Human Rights are issues which
most people take very seriously and that the individual person tries very hard to
protect his or her rights, the rights of their children and the future generations.
e) Undertake education campaigns through various channels including schools,
colleges and universities to:
i. Explain the meaning and the application of Human Rights in the life
of an individual person .
ii. Make people aware of the alarming implications should their Human
Rights be further eroded or abolished via national legislation.
iii. Advise the individual person not only about his or her responsibility,
duty, obligation but also about the rights as a citizen of the global
community to request that the International Human Rights are
implemented and made part of the law in each Country
iv. Inform people that "The global quest for commitment to the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights involves everyone. The
campaign relies heavily on thousands of dedicated individuals and
citizens' groups who often risk their lives for the cause. Increased
involvement in the defence of human rights helps to build an
environment where freedom and dignity are expected and respected. It
is up to each and every one of us - from Presidents and Prime
Ministers to business executives, farmers and students - to work
toward this dream." (United Nations Publication)
v. Make people aware that without respect for Human Rights, Freedom
and Justice for everyone there will be no Peace on Earth!
6. OVOP remind that the ideal and the objectives of Human Rights are only
achievable if the various national Governments comply with the International
Covenants they have agreed to put into force and:
a) Protect all persons from being subjected to torture and other cruel inhuman or
degrading treatment or punishment.
b) Place into their national law the international Human Rights instruments they
have ratified so providing equality before the law, protection by the law , and to thus
strive to deliver justice and create "freedom from fear and want" for every person.
7. OVOP demand that the UN:
a) Persistently act to ensure UN member states, who signed to ratify the
International Covenants, honor their signature and implement these rights in their
national law codes and statutes, or revoke their signature and so withdraw from
these International Covenants.
b) Invite all the UN member states to reconsider their position, as regards to their
legal obligation as a result of them having signed the International Covenants.
c) Terminate the Human Rights Committee membership of Governments who revoke
their signature or refuse to comply with their legal obligation to implement the
International Covenants into their law. Any related privileges under the International
Covenants, (e.g., the right to consult, advise and the right to vote on or about any
Human Rights issues) must also be cancelled.
d) Expose countries which do not fully acknowledge and adhere to these principals
of Human Rights.
8. OVOP will consult with Governments and the United Nations to assist and support the
implementation of the proclaimed rights and freedoms into the law of the countries who have
signed the covenants.
9. OVOP request that no more funds to be wasted to create yet more "paper treaties/covenants"
because 50 years after the Human Rights Declaration the UN member states still do not comply
with the existing International Covenants.
10. OVOP believes that in the absence of a real intent to implement these treaties the people on
this planet are being misled. People are loosing faith and trust in promised rights and freedoms.
For the future of mankind it would be disastrous if today's upcoming generation question the
validity of international treaties/ covenants because these promises have proved to be nothing
more than empty words.
How did ONE VOICE - ONE PEOPLE Human Rights
Defenders (OVOP) start
ONE VOICE - ONE PEOPLE Human Rights Defenders is an international,
independent, non-political, non-profit, Non-Government Organisation (NGO), founded
by Brigitte Straulino and Erica Studer as a direct result of the human rights
violations they personally suffered.
They researched the issues, contacting others, thinking at first that their experience
with the Australian legal system had to be rare or even unique. But they discovered
that many of other people had suffered similar violation and injustice.
It became increasingly clear that a mass of ordinary people suffer, going through
appalling traumatic experiences with no help offered, as no equality before the law
exists and a basic right of access to natural justice is ignored.
Having suffered the trauma of such violations themselves, and now aware that
similar suffering had to be very widespread Brigitte and Erica sought ways of helping
others and of letting the world know the extent of the heartbreaking experiences so
many people were being subjected to. The outcome is the developing One Voice -
One People, Human Rights Defenders which is funded only via member's
subscriptions and donations.