About: human rights

Free the ‘prisoners’ of Moria now!

Europeans frightened by migration must be shown concretely that their security will not be at risk if reasonable programmes are implemented with the direct help of organised civil society, writes Marco Impagliazzo.
Europe's East 16-09-2020

EU calls for UN monitoring of Belarus rights abuses

The European Union is calling for close monitoring of the human rights situation in Belarus by the UN human rights chief, adding to pressure on Minsk following what it calls a "fraudulent election", a draft document showed.
Global Europe 15-09-2020

Pakistani Prime Minister suggests chemical castration for rapists

Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Monday (14 September) he would like convicted rapists to be publicly executed or chemically castrated.
EU-Africa 14-08-2020

DR Congo struggles to wipe out armed groups

DR Congo's army launched an offensive last October to root out the armed groups that infest the east of the vast country. Today, the much-trumpeted campaign seems to have made only meagre gains
Global Europe 13-08-2020

Thai PM appeals for unity amid almost daily protests

Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha appealed for unity in a televised address to the nation on Thursday (13 August) amid almost daily student-led anti-government protests since mid-July.

Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s turns fire on UK migration rhetoric

The British government has become embroiled in an unlikely row with ice cream maker Ben and Jerry's over its approach to migrants arriving by boat from France, after the brand criticised ministers' increasingly bellicose rhetoric.
Global Europe 12-08-2020

EU trade sanctions on Cambodia come into force

The European Union reimposed customs duties on many of Cambodia's exports on Wednesday (12 August), suspending its trade arrangement over concerns about human rights.
Global Europe 18-06-2020

Trump asked China to help him win in 2020, offered ‘favours to dictators,’ Bolton says

In a withering behind-the-scenes portrayal, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton accused him of sweeping misdeeds that included explicitly seeking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s help to win re-election.
Europe's East 06-06-2020

Orbán urges end to EU sanctions on Belarus

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán urged the European Union to drop sanctions against Belarus as he met the ex-Soviet state's strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko in Minsk on Friday (5 June).

LGBTI discrimination still going strong in Europe, warns EU rights body

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people's organisations have denounced a lack of progress in the recognition of sexual minorities rights in the EU ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Sunday (17 May). 

Hungary accused of holding migrants in ‘unlawful detention’

Hungary was accused on Thursday (23 April) of holding asylum seekers in a camp on the border with Serbia in "unlawful detention" by the Advocate General of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Global Europe 23-04-2020

UN chief warns against repressive measures amid coronavirus crisis

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday (23 April) the coronavirus could give some countries an excuse to adopt repressive measures for reasons unrelated to the pandemic as he warned that the outbreak risks becoming a human rights crisis.
Global Europe 25-03-2020

Commission charts end to execution and torture in human rights plans  

The European Commission is calling on member states to work together on the world stage to put an end to capital punishment and torture.

Greece denies report of secret ‘black site’ for migrants near Turkish border

The Greek government dismissed on Wednesday (11 March) a report in The New York Times that it was holding illegal migrants who cross the border from Turkey at a secret "black site" where they are denied access to lawyers and cannot file asylum claims.
Global Europe 27-02-2020

Activists warn over slavery as Mauritania joins UN human rights council

Mauritania is backsliding in efforts to eliminate descent-based slavery, an activist and opposition member has warned, as the West African country joined the UN Human Rights Council for the first time this week.
China 26-02-2020

EU voices concern about China’s jailing of bookseller

The EU criticised China on Tuesday (25 February) over the jailing of a Swedish book publisher, saying his rights were not respected.
Economy & Jobs 24-02-2020

The EU must stop importing human rights violations

The EU needs to adopt a mandatory due diligence approach to supply chain management to ensure that it stops importing human rights violations, argue Anna Cavazzini and Heidi Hautala.
Global Europe 19-02-2020

Turkish rights defender Kavala re-arrested after acquittal

Turkey's civil society swung from hope to despair Tuesday (18 February) after counter-terror police detained leading rights defender Osman Kavala just hours after a court ordered his release from jail.
Health 14-02-2020

Cambodia stages PR stunt with passengers of ‘coronavirus’ cruise ship

Passengers on a cruise ship that was turned away from ports around Asia over fears they could be carrying the new coronavirus finally began disembarking in Cambodia on Friday (14 February). Cambodia’s strongman premier Hun Sen welcomed around 100 tourists...
Global Europe 04-02-2020

Five empty chairs remind of Cuba’s regime true nature

The EU needs to change strategy if it wishes to stand for democracy in Cuba, by opening up to independent civil society, write Anders L. Petersson and Erik Jennische.
Politics 03-02-2020

EU should stop ‘subsidising undermining democracy,’ warns NGO boss

The EU should "stop subsidizing undermining democracy within the EU," Kenneth Roth,  Executive Director of Human Rights Watch told EURACTIV in an interview, arguing that the negotiations over the next 7-year budget will not just be about money but about fundamental rights.
Central Asia 27-01-2020

Uzbekistan is open for ‘conscientious foreign investors’, seeks ‘honesty vaccine’

The president of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, addressed the newly formed parliament on Friday (24 January), laying out his plans for the next five years. The banking sector, fighting corruption, foreign direct investment, poverty reduction and international trade were at the...
Central Asia 17-01-2020

Kazakhstan-EU relations entering a new stage

This New Year marks the start of a fresh chapter in the relationship between the European Union and Kazakhstan and on 20 January, the EU-Kazakhstan Cooperation Council will discuss the state of play, writes Mukhtar Tileuberdi.
Freedom of thought 19-12-2019

Jailed Uighur’s daughter receives EU rights prize

The daughter of jailed Uighur intellectual Ilham Tohti received the EU's top rights prize on his behalf Wednesday (18 December), saying she did not even know if he was still alive.
Contribute