About: human rights

Freedom of thought 16-08-2017

The EU disregards human rights in Iran

Federica Mogherini should be asked how she manages to continue relations with the Iranian officials despite reports of Tehran's declining respect for human rights, writes Hamid Bahrami.

Global Europe 04-08-2017

Mogherini’s attendance at Rouhani’s inauguration encourages Iranian impunity

Attending Hassan Rouhani’s inauguration in the midst of a series of revelations is morally and politically unconscionable, writes Alejo Vidal-Quadras, as it suggests the EU will look the other way on actual abuses as long as there are pleasant-sounding promises coming out of a small faction within the Iranian regime.

Russia turns its back on human rights with contempt for international court decisions

When members of the international community decide that human rights are a matter of expediency and not law, we are all at risk, warns Herta Däubler-Gmelin.

China 14-07-2017

EU chiefs urge China to free political prisoners after Liu Xiaobo’s death

European Union chiefs called on China on Thursday (13 July) to free political prisoners after the death of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.

NGOs say Italy’s ‘code of conduct’ threatens migrants’ lives

Thousands more refugees could be at risk of dying at sea if a proposed ‘code of conduct’ for NGOs conducting search and rescue operations in the Central Mediterranean is put into practice, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday (12 July).

Global Europe 07-07-2017

EU-Cuba relations enter new era

The European Parliament on Wednesday (5 July) greenlit a new political dialogue and cooperation agreement between the EU and Cuba, marking the beginning of a new era of relations between Brussels and Havana. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Freedom of thought 06-07-2017

Italy passes law making torture a crime, critics say full of holes

Italy's parliament yesterday (5 July) approved a long-awaited law criminalising torture, but critics said it had been so heavily watered down that many abuses may still go unpunished.

Economy & Jobs 26-06-2017

EU civil society at a crossroads

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Factors ranging from lack of funding to mounting political pressure have sparked a discussion regarding the future of civil society organisations in the EU.

Development Policy 23-06-2017

EU fails to convince ACP countries to sanction Burundi

Despite two years of political crisis and a downward spiral of human rights and rule of law abuses in Burundi, Europe has failed to mobilise a wave of condemnation from other developing countries. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 22-06-2017

Do smallholders need rights of their own, and if so, which ones?

Do farmers have and/or need different rights to other people? Michael Brüntrup argues that gaining the support of rural dwellers and ensuring they benefit from development should be the top priority.

Economy & Jobs 20-06-2017

Green opportunity in ship breaking

Green MEPs and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) see opportunities arising from the rapid contraction and consolidation of the European oil and gas industry where others might see only obstacles, write Margrete Auken and Martin Siecker.

China 19-06-2017

Greece blocks EU statement on China human rights at UN

Greece has blocked a European Union statement at the United Nations criticising China's human rights record, a decision EU diplomats said undermined efforts to confront Beijing's crackdown on activists and dissidents.

Freedom of thought 13-06-2017

Nearly 1,000 held as Navalny supporters protest across Russia

Authorities detained Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and more than 1,000 of his supporters yesterday (12 June), as they mounted demonstrations across the nation against government corruption, coinciding with the National day.

European Commission Vice President Andrus Ansip
Broadband 09-06-2017

Digital development plan promotes EU tech laws

A new European Commission aid plan promises to channel more development funds into building internet networks in Africa, in the hope that the bloc's fresh privacy and net neutrality rules could become a template for other countries.

Freedom of thought 05-06-2017

EU urges Azerbaijan to release opposition figures

The European Union yesterday (4 June) called on Azerbaijan to urgently release detained opposition figures, including a journalist allegedly abducted in Georgia.

China 02-06-2017

China must abandon ‘China First’ to be a solid partner to Europe

As China becomes an increasingly important partner for the EU, now is the time to take a strong stance on human rights and make sure Beijing provides fair access to European businesses, writes Marietje Schaake.

Europe's East 01-06-2017

Georgia denies role in Azerbaijani journalist’s abduction

Georgia today (1 June) denied it was involved in the alleged abduction and handover of a pro-opposition Azerbaijani journalist to his country's authoritarian government.

Global Europe 25-05-2017

EU slams Turkey’s record on human rights in talks with Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met senior European Union officials on Thursday (25 May) for talks that included Turkey's human rights record following sharp disagreements between Ankara and Brussels on a range of issues.

Timmermans: ‘Poland should be a leader in Europe – but it needs to cooperate’

The current Brussels/Warsaw spat is not a war of words between Frans Timmermans and Poland (as the Polish government presents it), but rather a collective demand by a decisive majority of EU states to respect the rule of law, the First Vice-President of the European Commission told EURACTIV’s partner Gazeta Wyborcza.

Arab Spring 22-05-2017

Trump tells Middle East to ‘drive out’ Islamist extremists

President Donald Trump urged Arab and Islamic leaders yesterday (21 May) to unite and do their share to defeat Islamist extremists, making an impassioned plea to "drive out" terrorists while toning down his own harsh rhetoric about Muslims.

Economy & Jobs 16-05-2017

Sri Lanka regains valuable EU trade concession

Sri Lanka has regained a lucrative EU trade concession it lost six years ago over concerns about human rights, mainly benefiting its garments export industry, but it will be subject to vigorous monitoring, the European Union said today (16 May).

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.

Freedom of thought 03-05-2017

Council of Europe blasts moves to turn public TV into state broadcasting

Public service broadcasting in Europe is under threat, the Council of Europe said yesterday, ahead of the World Press Freedom Day (3 May), a date which celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom.

Global Europe 27-04-2017

High time for Commission to impose transparency in garment supply chain

The time has come for the European Commission to develop a smart mix of rules for the garment industry to avoid tragedies like the collapse of the Rana Plaza, writes Hélène Mambourg.