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Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after failed coup

Topic: human rights

Corporate accountability: Is the EU ready to listen?

The European Commission should start listening to its citizens and come out with concrete plans to enhance corporate accountability, at home and abroad, urge Jerome Chaplier, Urs Rybi and Sandra Cossart.
Enlargement 17-10-2016

Council of Europe tells Turkey to restore MP’s inviolability

In its first opinion on Turkey after the failed coup d’état on 15 July 2016, the Council of Europe called today (17 October) on restoring the inviolability of members of parliament, which was infringed by an amendment of the constitution introduced last April.
Global Europe 12-10-2016

Cuban dissident calls on EU not to forget human rights

While the EU wraps up a new framework for relations with Havana, Cuban dissident Guillermo Fariñas warns that his country could descend into civil war if this deal is not made dependent on respecting human rights. EurActiv Spain reports.
Europe's East 03-10-2016

Pope urges 'stable peace' on visit to Azerbaijan

Pope Francis yesterday (2 October) called for a "stable peace" as he visited mainly Muslim Azerbaijan, several months after pushing for an end to a festering territorial feud while in arch-foe Armenia.
Europe's East 26-09-2016

Azerbaijan referendum to give more powers to Aliyev

Azerbaijanis went to the polls today (26 September) in a controversial referendum on handing extra powers to long-serving President Ilham Aliyev, with opposition and human rights groups criticising the proposed constitutional changes as undemocratic.
Global Europe 19-09-2016

Migration expert: ‘Integration always happens’

French political philosopher Sami Naïr has proposed a "transit passport" for refugees and has warned that the EU stands at a juncture; one path leads to civilisation, the other towards "barbarism". EurActiv Spain reports.
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.
Elections 12-09-2016

With eye on West, Belarus holds slightly freer election

Lawmakers loyal to hardline Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko retained power in an election yesterday (11 September), but the opposition's win of a seat for the first time in 20 years could help the ex-Soviet nation further improve ties with the West.
Global Europe 12-09-2016

Turkey removes two dozen elected mayors in Kurdish militant crackdown

Turkey appointed new administrators in two dozen Kurdish-run municipalities yesterday (11 September) after removing their elected mayors over suspected links to militants, triggering pockets of protest in its volatile southeastern region bordering Syria and Iraq.

Turkey working with Council of Europe on post-coup prosecutions

A delegation from Turkey's justice ministry has met with the Council of Europe to review European human rights standards and conventions as Ankara prepares to prosecute those it holds responsible for the failed 15 July coup, the head of the CoE said.

Commission dodges burkini ban questions but says officials can wear burka at work

The European Commission today (25 August) dodged questions over France’s controversial burkini ban but said there was nothing to stop EU officials wearing a burka to work.
Global Europe 24-08-2016

Venezuela democracy under threat, EU parliament chief says

European Parliament President Martin Schulz warned on Tuesday (23 August) that Venezuela's democracy is "in danger", as it grapples with a severe political and economic crisis.
Global Europe 19-08-2016

Human rights: A scapegoat for the ills of Europe

The public debate in the run-up to the Brexit vote was often based on racist and xenophobic resentments that wrongly associated human rights with the rights of minorities, writes Michael O’Flaherty. But human rights are simply not a minority issue. They are for everyone, he argues.
Global Europe 08-08-2016

Thai voters approve junta-backed constitution amid Western concerns

Thailand voted on Sunday (7 August) to approve a junta-scripted constitution, preliminary results showed, in a boost to the army's political aspirations and a body blow to the country's stuttering pro-democracy movement.

Council of Europe chief backs Turkey 'clean-up' after coup

The head of a top European rights watchdog Wednesday backed a "cleaning up" of Turkish institutions after a failed coup blamed on supporters of US-based preacher Fethullah Gülen.

Netanyahu criticises European 'support' for anti-Israel groups

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday (31 July) said his government was looking into support from European nations for groups engaged in what he described as anti-Israel activities, specifically mentioning France.
Global Europe 28-07-2016

The Thai junta expects people to 'shut up and obey orders'

With under two weeks to go to Thailand’s crucial 7 August referendum on a new constitution, supposedly paving the way to a return to democracy, the ruling military junta in Bangkok has cracked down on dissent and press freedoms, making a free and fair vote impossible, says Sunai Phasuk.
Europe's East 25-07-2016

Rebecca Harms: 'Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered'

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.

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.
Enlargement 21-07-2016

Turkey to 'follow France' and suspend European rights convention

Turkey will follow France's example in suspending temporarily the European Convention on Human Rights following its declaration of a state of emergency, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Thursday (21 July), according to broadcaster NTV.
Enlargement 21-07-2016

Turkey's Erdogan declares state of emergency after coup bid

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared a state of emergency on Wednesday (20 July) as he widened a crackdown against thousands of members of the security forces, judiciary, civil service and academia after a failed military coup.
Energy 20-07-2016

Sefcovic: Lifting of sanctions 'should be used for more business deals with Iran'

European Commission Vice-President, Maroš Šefčovič said on Wednesday (20 July) that the institution “wants to make sure that the lifting of sanctions could be used for exploring the development of commercial ties" with Iran.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after failed coup

Turkey vowed to root out allies of the US-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary yesterday (19 July) to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.