Launch of the Formosa Club

Last night (16th October) a reception was held at the European Parliament to celebrate the inauguration of the Formosa Club – an international body to co-ordinate and strengthen the many parliamentary friendship organisations that promote relations with Taiwan. The name of the Club comes from the name given by Portuguese traders to the island of…

Kashmir: “situation is grave, and urgent action is needed”, says Masood Iqbal Mir

The rapidly deteriorating human rights situation in Kashmir was spelt out at a press briefing by a prominent human rights activist born and raised in the heart of the conflict zone. Speaking in Brussels on Thursday, Masood Iqbal Mir said, “This situation is grave and urgent action is needed.” Mir told reporters at the Brussels press club, “My family, including…

Taiwan cannot be absent from the global fight against transnational crime

Taiwan serves as key geopolitical hub in East and Southeast Asia, and Taiwan can help make a safer World, writes Huang Ming-chao. The World Drug Report 2018 published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) pointed out that North America, East Asia and Southeast Asia are key regions in the production and…

Religious Minorities Under Threat in China

Rights organisations have made a fresh and damning condemnation of China’s human rights record. This comes after what is said to be a big upswing in persecution of religious minorities in the country. Speaking in the European Parliament in Brussels, Anna Hill, of Open Doors International, said that China had risen to number 27 on…

Finance Sector Mobilizes Against Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

The Financial Sector Commission on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking has released its final report, “Unlocking Potential: A Blueprint for Mobilizing Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking,” during the United Nations General Assembly in New York.  With the release of the report, the Liechtenstein Initiative launches Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking, a project based at the United Nations…

Controversy over Relations Between Belgium and Israel

Mark Geleyn, the former Belgian ambassador to Israel, has condemned his country’s policy towards Israel as “not the attitude of a friend.” Geleyn was speaking in Brussels this week at a conference on diversity along with ambassadors and diplomats from 10 other countries. He said Belgium was an  anti-Israel country that, unlike most others in western…

The “Truth” about WWII

An attempt by Russia to re-write the history of World War II has angered many Central and East European member states and been the subject of a debate in the European parliament to mark the 80th anniversary of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact. Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union signed the non-aggression pact one week before the start…

European Prosecutor’s Office: Should Laura Kövesi remain the top candidate?

Last week, the majority of EU countries’ ambassadors voted to support Romania’s former anti-corruption prosecutor Laura Codruta Kovesi to be the EU’s first public prosecutor but should she be the final choice of the EU Council and the European Parliament? asks Oliver Pahnecke. This question needs to be raised in light of information that shows…

Klitschko Loses on Points

He’s a world-famous former boxing champ who has followed the well-trodden path into politics. Many have tried over the years to cross the same divide, including Imran Khan, the Pakistani cricketer, and British athlete Sebastian Coe. However, it’s argued that Vitaliy Klitschko, the former world boxing champion, has not only failed to land a killer…

Kashmir’s Struggle for Freedom

A noisy but peaceful protest took place outside the European Parliament in protest at a curfew in the Indian-occupied Kashmir. India cut off all forms of communication, imposed severe travel restrictions and detained more than 300 political leaders and activists across Kashmir on August 5. While the region remains under lockdown, news has been slow…