Human Rights

FBI report says Jews are the target of most ethnoreligious hate crimes

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A recent FBI report revealed that in 2018 Jews and Jewish institutions were the main targets of crimes motivated by ethnoreligious hatred in the United States. In its annual report on hate crime statistics, the...

Vietnam jails Facebook user for ‘anti-government’ propaganda

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A Facebook user was sentenced to six years in prison after a court in Vietnam convicted him for posts he made that the Vietnam's Communist government said were ‘‘anti-government’’. According to the statement of the...

European Commissioner calls on Russia to scrap new foreign agent bill

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The Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic called on the Russian parliament, or Duma, to halt the adoption of a bill that will allow the Kremlin to label individuals who work for foreign...

Scottish court orders release of detained former Catalan minister

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A Scottish court ordered the release of former Catalan education minister Clara Ponsatí on Thursday, without travel restrictions, as she not considered a flight risk. Earlier that day, the former Catalan minister and current University of...

Sweden defies Chinese threat to award book publisher Gui Minhai

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Sweden’s culture minister defied a Chinese threat on Friday to award a Swedish human rights prize to detained Chinese-Swedish book publisher Gui Minhai. The Swedish section of the International organization PEN awarded its free speech...

Turkish Jihadi deportations to Germany continue

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Germany is bracing for the return of tens of suspected German citizens and Islamic State supporters that are deported from Turkey and repatriated. A family of seven German-Iraqi Islamists was expected to arrive in Berlin on...

Germany to ban gay conversion therapy

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German health minister Jens Spahn has drafted legislation that would ban so-called “gay conversion” therapy for all under 18 youths Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland (RND) reports. Spahn is openly gay and is explicit about the desired political message...

WhatsApp sues Israeli company over hacking allegations

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Facebook-owned WhatsApp filed a lawsuit against Israel's NSO Group on Tuesday in California. The US-based platform alleges that the Israeli company staged cyber-attacks in April and May in order to infect 1,400 mobile phones. The...

Reported sexual assault cases up in Germany since reform of legal statutes

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The number of preliminary investigations into acts of sexual self-determination in Germany has increased by more than a third since stricter laws on sexual criminal offences were first introduced three years ago. Data published by...

UNICEF says at least 16 million children are malnourished in the Middle East and...

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More than 16 million children under five years of age suffer from acute malnutrition in the Middle East and North Africa, a trend that has stagnated or worsened since 2000, a new report by...

End of an era for gay marriage and abortion legislation in Northern Ireland

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Northern Ireland woke up to a new human rights regime on Tuesday, which allows access to abortion and same-sex marriage. That means that until abortion services are made available in Northern Ireland in April 2020,...

A week of protests in Barcelona

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The capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, entered the seventh day of protests on Sunday. Spain’s acting prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, is expected in Barcelona on Monday to visit police officers injured. Clashes between protesters and police...

Nearly 70,000 children displaced because of hostilities in northeast Syria

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Nearly 70,000 children have been displaced because of the ongoing violence in northeast Syria, estimates UNICEF, which at the same time calls on all parties to the conflict and the ones who have influence...

EIB to announce new initiatives for climate action and inclusive development

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Europe should address today’s global challenges by following policies that respond to the climate emergency while also building a resilient and inclusive society, according to the core initiatives of the European Investment Bank (EIB). The...

Catalan separatists sentenced by Spanish court

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Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine pro-independence Catalan leaders for sedition and misuse of public funds, handing out sentences ranging between 9 and 13 years in jail. Three more defendants were issued with fines. Those issued...

Google wins court battle against “right to be forgotten”

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The Google search engine has won a court battle in the European Court of Justice against the “right to be forgotten” on Tuesday. Google pitted the public’s “right to know” against the European Commissions advocacy...

Snowden seeks asylum n France

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"The saddest thing of this whole story is that the only place an American whistle-blower has the chance to be heard is not in Europe but here in Russia," Edward Snowden said in an...

The mother of all hearings

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As soon as the new European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, revealed on 10 September that Hungary’s former Minister of Justice Laszlo Trocsanyi was her proposed Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Policy, alarm...

UK launches “Get Ready for Brexit” campaign

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The British government has launched a public information campaign called "get ready for Brexit" on Sunday. The £100 million campaign was launched on the website  gov.uk/brexit. The website begins with a survey, leading to recommended actions...

Sweden bans facial recognition technology in schools

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The Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA) has issued a ban on facial recognition technology in schools after one of the country's high-school students attempted to use the controversial software to keep track of attendance. Sweden's...

Russia’s influence in Georgia has grown since the 2008 war

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At exactly the same time that French President Emmanuel Macron was hosting his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, at his summer home in the south of France this week, Russian soldiers were busy building barbed...

What can be done to save Hong Kong?

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It is becoming increasingly clear, as the Hong Kong protests continue, that the Chinese Communist Party will be forced to make a choice - either a bloody, military crackdown (the more likely of the...

When Leninists overreach

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Ongoing street protests in Hong Kong and Moscow have no doubt spooked the authoritarian duo of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin. The Moscow protests, the largest in many years, must...

EP president urges Italian government to let all migrant ship passengers disembark

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The President of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, has urged the Italian government to allow the Open Arms migrant ship to dock on the island of Lampedusa and allow the more than 100 illegal...

Bosnia’s authorities draw cautious praise from Brussels after agreeing to form Council of Ministers

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Nearly 10 months after Bosnia and Herzegovina's last round of elections, the leaders of country's three main ethnoreligious groups finally reached an agreement to form a central government on 4 August, news that the...

Ukraine’s new president must stop the cover-up of journalist’s murder

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Three years after the murder of Belarusian-Ukrainian journalist Pavel Sheremet, time is up for Ukrainian law enforcers. It’s hard to imagine a more utter failure: not a single person has been charged for the killing...

Tokayev approves composition of National Council of Public Confidence

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s President Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev approved the composition of the National Council of Public Confidence, Akorda reported on 17 July. Tokayev announced the creation of the public confidence council, which he will chair,...

Malta charges three for the assassination of Garuana Galizia

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Malta’s Attorney General has indicted three men for the assassination of the investigative anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia on Tuesday. The indictment came days before a 20-month deadline to either indict or release suspects in...

IKEA suffers political onslaught in Poland as it takes a stand on homophobia

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Party (PiS) campaigning with a poster featuring an umbrella protecting the nucleus family. Among the man’s posts was Leviticus 20:13, a popular reference point for religious condemnation of homosexuality, as it calls for the death...

UK threatens China with sanctions over Hong Kong

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The British foreign secretary and aspirant prime minister Jeremy Hunt threatened China with "serious consequences" over its treatment of protesters in Hong Kong. Hunt refused to rule-out sanctions against the world’s second-biggest economy. Trying to...

Europe can help restore Ukraine’s trust after PACE decision

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The recent decision by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe – PACE – to return the Russian delegation to full parliamentary assembly activities sparked an extremely negative reaction from the majority of...

German companies exported weapons-grade chemicals to Syria

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The Essen-based chemical wholesaler Brenntag denied on Wednesday that it has circumvented EU export rules and Swiss law to facilitate the export of chemicals to Syria in 2014. The German company’s Swiss subsidiary supplied isopropanol...

Europe can help Georgia’s protestors preserve the country’s hard-won freedom

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There are not a lot of things in this world that we agree on. Left or Right. For or against immigration. Netflix or the big screen. Still, there are a few that we do...

Making peace with violence and a disinformation machine

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On 24 June, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) reinstalled Russia’s voting rights in the institution charged with upholding human rights, democracy and the rule of law. The rights were suspended...

What Putin’s new citizenship initiative would mean for Ukraine

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Since the recent presidential elections ended in a landslide victory for Volodymyr Zelensky some signs of a possible political and economic revival have been noticed in Ukraine. The very electoral victory of the Zelensky...

Germany bans gay corrective treatments

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Germany is planning to ban so-called “treatments” for homosexuality, often practised by religious groups, Health Minister Jens Spahn said on 11 June. Gay conversion therapies are not common in Europe, but it is estimated that...

Zelensky restores Saakashvili’s Ukrainian citizenship

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Just over a week after being inaugurated as Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky issued an executive order on Tuesday that overturned a July 2017 decree by his successor, Petro Poroshenko, that illegally stripped Georgia’s ex-president Mikheil Saakashvili...