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10/12/2016

Human rights: A scapegoat for the ills of Europe

Topic: human rights


Global Europe 07-12-2016

Greek court says three Turkish soldiers can be extradited

A Greek court ruled yesterday (6 December) that three Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece after a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July could be extradited, court officials said.
UK & Europe 06-12-2016

Brexit: Future of the European Arrest Warrant in question

With Brexit and two recent controversial cases of extradition requests made this year by Romania, the future of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is re-emerging as an issue of particular concern, not only in the UK but also in other EU member states, writes Willy Fautré.

Rights groups expose flaws in EU counterterrorism directive

The European institutions reached an agreement yesterday (30 November) on a directive that is aimed at better equipping the EU with instruments to counter terrorism. But civil rights groups warned that it risks undermining fundamental freedoms.
Global Europe 30-11-2016

EU leaders' absence from Castro funeral to define future relations?

The turnout at the state funeral of Fidel Castro could perhaps symbolise the state of Cuba's international relations, as European leaders have mostly decided to stay away. EurActiv Spain reports.
Europe's East 14-11-2016

EU to launch negotiations for a new agreement with Azerbaijan

EU foreign ministers decided today (14 November) to start negotiating a comprehensive agreement with Azerbaijan, replacing the Association agreement proposed in 2010, which had omitted to take into account Baku’s view about the future of relations.
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.
Energy 09-11-2016

European companies help Morocco maintain control over Western Sahara

Morocco is eagerly promoting its green credentials in its hosting of the COP22 climate change conference in Marrakesh. But a new report discloses that the North African country is consolidating its hold on Western Sahara through European-built energy projects. EurActiv Germany reports.

Global Europe 08-11-2016

Activist: Cambodia needs international respectability

Cambodian human rights activist Naly Pilorge is in Brussels to plead with MEPs and the Commission not to take Phnom Penh's claims to democracy seriously, following an unexpectedly damning resolution by lawmakers earlier this year.

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).
Enlargement 31-10-2016

Turkey detains Diyarbakır mayors on 'terrorism' links

A Turkish court has ordered the detention of the two mayors of Diyarbakir, the largest city in the predominantly Kurdish southeast of the country, accusing them of "terrorist" activities linked to the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

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.