From images of women singing and dancing in vividly colored skirts to the harsh reality of urban slums in France: Who are the Roma? Where did they come from, why are they often called the pariah people, and how is the current situation in France after camp expulsions, ‘voluntary returns’ and European sanctions?
His name is Aleksandr Grigorovich Lukashenko, and he is the last dictator of Europe. His kingdom is called Belarus and it is located in the heart of Europe, next to solid democracies such as Poland, Latvia and Lithuania. For 18 years, Lukashenko has been depriving Belarusian citizens of basic democratic rights. However, the situation in this country is practically unknown in Europe. What are the reasons behind this ignorance? And why did no democratic transition take place in Belarus?
Azerbaijan’s capital Baku is hosting the Eurovision Song Contest 2012 this week. The days previous to the event the lights were projected not towards the artists but towards the country’s human rights violations record. What do we really know about the Republic of Azerbaijan?
Belarus holds two sad records: On the one hand, it is the last dictatorship in Europe. On the other hand, is the only European country where the capital punishment is still in practice. But what is the position of Belarusian population on death penalty? What can the European Union do to promote its abolition?
In one of the richest countries of the world, oil-producing Kuwait, more than 100000 people live without a nationality, without rights, without healthcare. They are the Bidoon, the stateless. Who are they, and why don’t they have a passport, despite living in Kuwait all their lives?
European Court of Human Rights has been gaining a fair amount of media attention recently: last year it ruled against George Soros, a famous institutional investor; this year it has ordered Italy to compensate the migrants that it returned to Lybia. But what do we really know about the Europe’s highest human rights court? This article gives a reader a general overview.
Between July 2010 and June 2011 the NGO Human Rights Watch performed a thorough examination of the activities undertaken by the UN Human Rights Council. Although some positive improvements have been detected more efforts should be done to eliminate some of the negative remnants of its predecessor.
Most of people think that french is a beautiful language. Even most of them consider that it’s the language of love. Sthéphane Hessel, one of the founding fathers of the Human Rights Declaration is able to show us french as a language for revolution through his book, Indignez-Vous. The time to outrage has come!