About: human rights

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The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU at 10

The Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU at 10

In 2009 the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU entered into force, making human rights a prominent part of EU law. But has the European human rights project developed robustly?
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Responsible Business Conduct - Gearing up EU action
Economy & Jobs 03-04-2019

Responsible Business Conduct: Gearing up EU action

The debate in the EU on responsible business conduct has evolved significantly in the past 5 years. Before the European elections in May, it is time to take stock of where the EU is.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70

In 1948, with the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, world leaders launched the human rights project rooted in the inherent dignity of every person.
Development Policy 26-01-2018

Ethiopian ambassador: Development partners should work in term with our policies

Ethiopia’s Ambassador Teshome Toga Chanaka spoke to EURACTIV’s Georgi Gotev in a video interview: “We don’t believe in imposition of development policies because something that is imposed without your will won’t last long.  This is exactly what has happened in the past in Africa and Ethiopia would like to see that come to an end."
Ambassador: Azerbaijan looks for solid foundations of its EU relation
Azerbaijan 09-01-2017

Ambassador: Azerbaijan wants a solid foundation for EU relationship

As the EU and Azerbaijan begin negotiating a “comprehensive agreement”, the Azerbaijani Ambassador to Belgium, Fuad Isgandarov, provided insight into the way his country sees the future of its relationship with the Union and its member states.
Maroš Šefčovič
Economy & Jobs 20-07-2016

Sefcovic: Lifting of sanctions ‘should be used for more business deals with Iran’

European Commission Vice-President, Maroš Šefčovič said on Wednesday (20 July) that the institution “wants to make sure that the lifting of sanctions could be used for exploring the development of commercial ties" with Iran.
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The 2016 Silver Rose Awards

The 2016 Silver Rose Awards

Since the year 2000, SOLIDAR has organised the annual Silver Rose Awards in the European Parliament, in collaboration with the Socialists & Democrats (S&D).
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Trade for democracy in South-East Asia
ASEAN 18-03-2016

Trade for democracy in South-East Asia

The European Commission’s “Trade for All” strategy aims at increasing the effectiveness and transparency of the EU’s trade policy, as well as promoting the respect of European values and responsible practices among trade partners.
Global Europe 26-05-2015

My husband, Raif Badawi, faces death for blogging

Raif Badawi is the Saudi Arabian blogger imprisoned for ten years and sentenced to 1,000 lashes, after being arrested on charges of insulting Islam on a website.
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Energy 26-02-2015

Will Energy Union give business to abusers of human rights?

Turkey, Algeria, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and “other potential suppliers in the Middle East and Africa” were named in yesterday’s (25 February) Commission communication on Energy Union. EURACTIV understands that Iran and Iraq is also part of the Commission’s long-term thinking, as it searches for alternative suppliers of gas to Russia.  
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Global Europe 10-10-2014

EU congratulates Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I will defend to the death, your right to say it.”
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Economy & Jobs 08-10-2014

Conchita Wurst sings for equality in the European Parliament

Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst performed in front of the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to fight discrimination and support equal rights across the EU.
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Economy & Jobs 16-01-2014

EU Parliament urges Spain to scrap new abortion law

MEPs urged the Spanish government on Thursday to withdraw a new proposal that will restrict abortion rights in Spain. In a bid to gather conservative support and keeping an electoral promise by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, the Spanish government backed a proposal for a tougher abortion law earlier in December. The new bill does not allow women to finish their pregnancy at an early stage, with the exception of rape cases or when the mother's health is at risk.
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Commission threatens Italy with legal action over mistreatment of migrants in Lampedusa

These images secretly filmed show migrants at a reception centre in the Italian island of Lampedusa. They are being sprayed for scabies after being forced to strip-naked in front of others. The release of the footage, shot by a Syrian refugee, has caused outrage across Europe. In Brussels, the Commission threatened the Italian government with legal action on Wednesday if poor conditions at reception centers don't improve.
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Global Europe 22-10-2013

Suu Kyi asks EU to press Burma for constitutional reform

Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi called on EU leaders on Monday to push Burma's military-led government for greater political reforms ahead of the country's 2015 elections. Before meeting in Luxembourg with European Foreign ministers, Suu Kyi said that changes in the constitution are essential to make Burma truly democratic.
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Digital 17-09-2013

US whistleblower Snowden nominated for EU’s human rights award

US whistleblower Edward Snowden has been nominated for the EU's top human rights award, worth €50.000. A former US Security Agency employee, Snowden was shortlisted on Tuesday by the Greens in the European Parliament. The nomination comes after he revealed earlier in June that the US government had been carrying out mass surveillance programmes on citizens and governments.
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Development Policy 19-06-2013

Court of Auditors slam EU’s ‘softly softly approach’ in Egypt

The European Court of Auditors has slammed the EU's development aid to Egypt, saying the bloc's "softly softly approach" hasn't worked and calling for better spending of taxpayers' money.

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