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Amnesty condemns forced returns of Afghan asylum seekers

A surge of failed Afghan asylum seekers forcibly returned from Europe are at risk of torture, kidnapping and death in war-torn Afghanistan, Amnesty International said today (5 October).

Freedom of thought 16-05-2017

Russian rights activists call on EU to stand up for its values

Russian human rights activists in Brussels yesterday (15 May) called on the EU to stand up for its values, as they feared that those principles were quickly eroding.

Global Europe 11-04-2017

Executions decrease worldwide but number of death sentences spikes

Amnesty International's 2016 report shows that while there were fewer executions around the world than in 2015, more death sentences were handed down. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Slovakia continues to allow discrimination against Roma children

Despite threats of fines from the European Union, Slovakia still discriminates against Romani children by placing them in segregated schools.

Global Europe 28-02-2017

Binding rules for business, rights for people

Legally-binding rules for transnational corporations on human rights are extremely important, as voluntary measures are not enough, and it’s an opportunity for the EU to take a leading role, explains Anne Van Schaik.

Enlargement 23-02-2017

MEPs focus on Serbian Savamala affair

After ten months, and no judicial progress, lawmakers in the European Parliament are discussing the destruction of privately owned buildings in the centre of Belgrade last year. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

20-02-2017

Mike Pence arrives in Brussels, greeted by protestors

“Hands too small, can’t build a wall,” demonstrators chanted during US Vice-President Mike Pence’s meeting with EU leaders.

Global Europe 14-02-2017

The Brief: Is the EU-Turkey migrant deal as bad as Donald Trump’s wall?

What is the fundamental difference between Donald Trump’s plans to build a bigly tremendous wall along the border with Mexico and the EU’s migrant deal with Turkey?

Slovenian parliament legalises migrant push-backs

Slovenia's parliament amended its laws yesterday (26 January) to enable police to seal the country's borders to most illegal migrants for a limited period in case of a new influx along the so-called Balkan route, sparking condemnation from rights groups.

Global Europe 18-01-2017

Amnesty: Fight against terror is dismantling human rights in Europe

Amnesty International on Tuesday (17 January) shed light on the sweeping arsenal of security measures being enforced in the EU and their cost to citizens’ personal freedoms. EURACTIV France reports.

Global Europe 13-01-2017

Rights groups denounce Spain’s plan to sell warships to Saudi Arabia

Close ties between the royal families of Spain and Saudi Arabia could help Madrid conclude a lucrative deal to sell warships to Riyadh, alarming human rights groups.

Global Europe 05-01-2017

Slovenia toughens law to prevent another influx of migrants

Slovenia's government approved amendments to its law on foreigners on Thursday (5 January) to enable police to seal the country's borders to illegal migrants for a limited period if needed.

Development Policy 10-11-2016

Olympics dissident: Ethiopia could ‘become another Libya’

EXCLUSIVE/ Ethiopia – one of the EU’s largest recipients of development aid and a key partner in the new Emergency Trust Fund for Africa for halting the flow of migrants – garnered unwelcome headlines last summer, when Olympic athlete Feyisa Lilesa raised his arms in protest at the treatment of the Oromia and Amhara peoples.

03-11-2016

The Brief: Juncker orders Oettinger to apologise

Günther Oettinger, Germany’s Commissioner, finally apologised today for calling the Chinese "slitty eyes" and mocking women and gay marriage.

Amnesty alleges Italian police ‘torture’ of migrants

Italian police have used beatings and electric shocks, potentially constituting "torture", to coerce migrants into being fingerprinted as Italy cracks under pressure from the EU, Amnesty International said today (3 October).

Global Europe 02-11-2016

The Brief: Oettinger the ostrich

I spotted Günther Oettinger outside the European Commission this morning. He was alone and about to get into his car.

Global Europe 05-10-2016

Afghan refugees return to uncertain future in alien homeland

Mohammad Anwar arrived in Pakistan as a child more than 35 years ago but is leaving as a father, his family among the thousands of uprooted Afghan refugees "returning" to a war-torn homeland many of them have never seen.

Trade & Society 04-10-2016

EU turns the screws on providers of torture equipment

The European Parliament has today (4 October) passed legislation designed to strengthen the EU's ban on the export of torture equipment by preventing the marketing and promotion of items such as spiked batons or restraint chairs.

Global Europe 19-09-2016

EU slams Egypt over NGO clampdown

An Egyptian court froze assets of five prominent human rights defenders and three non-governmental organisations on Saturday (17 September), provoking fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society.

Development Policy 13-09-2016

Ethiopia blames ‘outside forces’ for protest death toll

The Ethiopian government has hit back after the international outcry over the rising death toll from protests in the country, blaming “outside forces” for fomenting the trouble.

Global Europe 25-07-2016

Turkish ‘unity’ rally condemns coup amid torture claims

Many thousands of Turks massed Sunday (24 July) for the first cross-party rally to condemn the coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, amid a purge of suspected state enemies.

Erdogan warns he will ditch refugee deal if EU breaks promises

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned the European Union on Thursday (7 April) that Ankara would not implement a key deal on reducing the flow of refugees if Brussels fails to fulfil its side of the bargain.

Refugees still arriving, as EU-Turkey deal enters into force

Flimsy boats packed with refugees continued to land in Greece from Turkey yesterday (20 March), despite the start of a landmark deal between the European Union and Ankara to stem the massive influx.

Global Europe 03-11-2015

Media intimidated ahead of Myanmar election, Amnesty claims

Myanmar's government, made up of ex-generals of the former military junta, is employing tactics associated with the erstwhile dictatorship to intimidate journalists before next weekend's historic general elections, Amnesty International has said.