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Global Europe 28-06-2022

Morocco prosecutes 65 migrants involved in deadly Melilla incident

Moroccan authorities have begun prosecuting 65 migrants who joined Friday's mass attempt to cross into a Spanish enclave by storming a border post, leading to the death of at least 23 migrants, a judicial source said on Monday (27 June).
Economy & Jobs 23-06-2022

EU to strengthen sustainability enforcement in trade deals

Sustainability concerns should receive increased attention in trade deals and, if necessary, also be enforced through sanctions, according to a new approach presented by the EU Commission on Wednesday (22 June).
Global Europe 17-06-2022

WikiLeaks’ founder Assange vows to fight extradition from UK to United States

The wife of Julian Assange vowed to fight using every possible legal avenue after British Home Secretary Priti Patel on Friday (17 June) approved the WikiLeaks' founder's extradition to the United States to face criminal charges.
Global Europe 08-04-2022

Russia kicked off UN rights council over Ukraine abuses

The United Nations suspended Russia from the Human Rights Council on Thursday (7 April), as US President Joe Biden called the atrocities continuing to emerge in Ukraine an “outrage” to humanity. The diplomatic rebuke came as the G7, the European...
Global Europe 07-04-2022

Russia threatens states with consequences over UN vote on Human Rights Council

Russia has warned countries at the United Nations that a yes vote or abstention on a US push to suspend Moscow from the Human Rights Council will be viewed as an "unfriendly gesture" with consequences for bilateral ties.
Global Europe 06-04-2022

US pushes to suspend Russia from UN human rights body

The United States will ask the UN General Assembly to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council, the US ambassador to the UN said, after Ukraine accused Russian troops of killing dozens of civilians in the town of Bucha.
Energy 21-03-2022

Germany goes on a mission to secure supplies of Qatari gas

Germany’s Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck visited Qatar over the weekend in a bid to secure alternatives to Russian gas supplies, with little chance of immediate success in a country seen with suspicion in Germany for its human rights violations.
Non-discrimination 16-03-2022

Kosovo snubs recognition of same-sex civil unions

Kosovo lawmakers on Wednesday rejected a law that would recognise same-sex civil partnerships, failing to become the first Muslim-majority country to adopt such legislation.
Global Europe 10-03-2022

Russia leaves Council of Europe, avoiding being kicked out

Russia announced it would no longer participate in the Council of Europe, days after the pan-European human rights body suspended Moscow's rights of representation following the invasion of Ukraine.
Central Asia 21-02-2022

Myanmar attacks Rohingya genocide case at UN’s top court

Myanmar hit out Monday (21 February) at a genocide case brought against it by the Gambia for alleged persecution of Rohingya Muslims, urging the UN's highest court to drop the claim on legal grounds.
Global Europe 21-02-2022

UN warns pushbacks of migrants in Europe becoming ‘normalised’

The UN refugee chief voiced alarm Monday (22 February) at increasing violence against refugees and migrants at European borders, warning that rights abuses and illegal pushbacks across frontiers risked becoming "normalised".
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2022

EU corporate due diligence law to learn from the French example

While the European Commission is due to present its proposal on Wednesday (23 February) to make companies accountable for their human rights and environmental compliance, all eyes are on France, which has been a trailblazer with its own due diligence law from 2017.
China 21-02-2022

Beijing closes curtain on ‘closed loop’ Games

Beijing doused its Olympic flame on Sunday night (20 February), closing a Games that will be remembered for the extremes of its anti-COVID-19 measures and outrage over the doping scandal that enveloped 15-year-old Russian skating sensation Kamila Valieva.
China 04-02-2022

Leaders of non-democracies gather at Beijing Olympics opening

The opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics will stage a gathering of leaders of non-democracies. From the EU, only the President of Poland Andrzej Duda will attend, while from the candidate countries the Serbian President Alexander Vučić will be present. 
Global Europe 02-02-2022

Europe rights body launches rare action against Turkey

The Council of Europe on Wednesday (2 February) launched for only the second time in its history disciplinary action against Turkey over its failure to free activist Osman Kavala, with Ankara denouncing the decision as interference.
Politics 18-01-2022

Athletes warned against speaking up on human rights at Beijing Games

Athletes travelling to next month's Beijing Olympics were warned on Tuesday (18 January) about speaking up on human rights issues while in China for their own safety by speakers at a seminar hosted by Human Rights Watch.
Global Europe 18-01-2022

EU urges Moscow to free Navalny on anniversary of his arrest

The European Union called on Moscow on Monday (17 January) to immediately release Alexei Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic, who was jailed a year ago in what the EU condemned as a politically motivated act.
Global Europe 11-01-2022

EU, US widen Nicaragua sanctions as Ortega begins new term

Daniel Ortega was sworn in Monday (10 January) as Nicaragua’s president for a fourth straight term as the EU and US tightened sanctions over impugned elections held in November with all his challengers in jail. “Yes, I swear,” said strongman...
EU-China 06-01-2022

Beijing Olympics boycott: France vows to coordinate EU position

France, which holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the EU, will try to reach a common EU position concerning the participation of politicians at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics on 4 February.
China 09-12-2021

Western diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics widens

Britain, Canada and Australia on Wednesday (8 December) joined the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February, prompted by what the Western allies argue are widespread rights abuses by China.
China 08-12-2021

Australia joins US diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Games

Australia will join the United States in a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Wednesday (8 December), as other allies weighed similar moves to protest China's human rights record.
Global Europe 07-12-2021

US officials to boycott Beijing Olympics over rights ‘atrocities’

US government officials will boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing because of China's human rights "atrocities", the White House said on Monday (6 December), just weeks after talks aimed at easing tense relations between the two superpowers.
Global Europe 06-12-2021

EU condemns ‘politically motivated’ jailing of Myanmar’s Suu Kyi

The European Union's top diplomat condemned on Monday (6 December) a jail term handed out to Myanmar's deposed leader Aung San Suu Kyi, saying it was a "politically motivated verdict".
Global Europe 03-12-2021

Council of Europe to discipline Turkey over jailed activist

The Council of Europe said Friday (3 December) it will launch disciplinary action against Turkey for refusing to free prominent activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala, triggering a procedure used only once before in the organisation's history.