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Politics 15-12-2017

French anti-terrorism law normalises state of emergency

France’s constitutional council will be led in the coming months to decide on the constitutionality of the anti-terrorism law. The text, which extends certain measures of the state of emergency, worries jurists and defenders of human rights. EURACTIV France reports.

UN wants Libya to agree to shut down migrant camps

The United Nations wants Libya's internationally-backed government to agree to shut down 30 detention centers holding 15,000 migrants, most of whom will be sent back to their countries, the head of the IOM said on Tuesday (28 November).

Cybersecurity 23-11-2017

Trade MEPs want to scrap all EU export restrictions on encryption

MEPs want the European Commission to remove export control restrictions on technology products that use encryption.

Global Europe 22-11-2017

Russian blackmail in the Council of Europe?

The Council of Europe (CoE) could become the first European institution to lift sanctions imposed on Russia for annexing Crimea and military aggression in Eastern Ukraine. This would be a major blow to democratic values on the European continent, write Volodymyr Yermolenko and Sergiy Sydorenko.

Climate change 20-11-2017

Climate justice not on the menu in Bonn

Climate activists and indigenous leaders gathered last week (16 November) to raise awareness about the human rights aspect of climate action. They lamented the lack of substance in climate talks, while people are already dying due to the direct effects of climate change.

Global Europe 15-11-2017

UN denounces EU cooperation with Libya to stem migrant flow as ‘inhuman’

The European Union's policy of helping the Libyan authorities intercept migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean and return them to "horrific" prisons in Libya is "inhuman", the United Nations said on Tuesday (14 November).

Puigdemont fate hangs on Belgium’s European arrest warrant response

A Belgian judge has granted conditional release to sacked Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four of his ministers, and the group is scheduled to appear in court within 15 days, Belgian prosecutors said on Monday (6 November).

Central Asia 03-11-2017

Kazakhstan, a fledgling democracy bent on ‘stability’

The ruling elite in Astana acknowledges that continuous efforts are needed to tackle corruption – recognised as “systemic” – and bolster press freedom in Kazakhstan. "But it’s a very subtle balance between democracy and stability”, local politicians argue.

Cybersecurity 25-10-2017

MEPs want human rights safeguard on tech exports

MEPs steering a controversial export control bill through the European Parliament have agreed to apply stricter human rights safeguards for technologies that can be used for online surveillance.

Freedom of thought 24-10-2017

Nations pledge $345 million to Rohingya response

Nations have pledged $345 million (€294 million) to care for Myanmar's Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, an "encouraging" step in the response to the intensifying crisis, the UN said on Monday (23 October).

Development Policy 19-10-2017

UNFPA: Inequality and lack of reproductive rights threaten development

Gender inequality, denial of reproductive rights and shortcomings in sexual education are becoming a possible threat to reach the UN development goals on ending poverty by 2030, a new report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) finds.

Oxfam exposes ‘great abuse’ in EU’s approach to migration

Oxfam's Brussels office has published a report saying that the European Union’s migration policy needs “an urgent shift in direction” in order to respect the EU's founding values of human rights, in a lobbying effort ahead of the 19-20 October EU summit.

Freedom of thought 11-10-2017

EU Sakharov prize shortlist revealed

The Venezuelan opposition, a Guatemalan indigenous leader and an imprisoned Eritrean writer were shortlisted on Tuesday (10 October) for the European Parliament's prestigious Sakharov human rights prize.

Freedom of thought 02-10-2017

Commission cautious on Catalonia violence, UN urges ‘thorough investigation’

In a carefully worded statement, the European Commission dismissed as "illegal" Catalonia's independence referendum held on Sunday (1 October), only shyly mentioning the police violence that left some 800 people wounded.

Africa 22-09-2017

EU socialists make ‘progressive’ push in Tunisia ahead of election

The European Parliament's Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group) is exploring ways to bring progressive centre-left forces in Tunisia into the fold in order to ensure a democratic transition ahead of the country's first post-revolution municipality election.

MSF accuses EU of fuelling migrant abuses in Libya

EU aid to Libya to stop migrants entering Europe is fuelling a Libyan detention network that thrives on kidnapping, torture and extortion, a leading medical charity charged yesterday (7 September).

Freedom of thought 07-09-2017

After year of ‘repression’ in Bahrain, West remains silent, Amnesty says

Bahrain's government has crushed dissent and violently cracked down on protests in the past year, Amnesty International said on Thursday (7 September), accusing Britain and the United States in particular of turning a blind eye to its abuses.

Central Asia 05-09-2017

Minister: Multiculturalism flourishes in Kazakhstan

Yerzhan Ashikbayev, Kazakhstan's deputy foreign minister, spoke to EURACTIV.com about nuclear disarmament, relations with the big powers and his country’s example when it comes to multiculturalism.

Global Europe 18-08-2017

Commission rolls out migration action plan despite heavy criticism

The EU is pressing on with controversial plans to tackle the migration crisis in the face of mounting criticism from NGOs and UN experts. EURACTIV France reports.

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).