Free Osman Kavala!

Yesterday during International Human Rights Day, the European Court of Human Rights called for the immediate release of Osman Kavala. The court ruled that the actions of the Turkish government and judiciary against Osman Kavala violated his fundamental rights as enshrined in the European Convention on Human Rights. Sergey Lagodinsky, Chairman of the Turkey delegation…

Ukraine’s Nuclear scientists accuse Minister Orzhel of forcing Ukraine’s energy dependence on Russia

Ukraine’s Nuclear Power trade unions show no signs of reducing their protests in Kyiv, and are continuing to demand the resignation of Energy Minister Oleksiy Orzhel and the creation of a new body that controls the nuclear industry. There is a blistering attack and rebuttal on the Energoatom website on the false news published by…

Parliament Debates Discrimination

Members of the European Parliament debated on Public discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people, including LGBTI free zones. This debate was requested upon the initiative of the LGBTI Intergroup.  Since the beginning of 2019, 87 localities (regions, counties and municipalities) have passed bills or have declared themselves “LGBTI-free” or “free of LGBT ideology” in Poland. These…

UNHCR Calls for EU Help for Greece to Improve Asylum System for Refugees

UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi urged Greece to implement urgent measures to address severe overcrowding on the Greek Aegean islands and stressed the need for European solidarity, after a three-day visit to the island of Lesvos and to Athens. At a press conference on Thursday to conclude his visit, the High Commissioner outlined…

The Sweet Taste of Freedom

I had the pleasure of meeting Roman Suschenko today in the company of his friend and colleague Dmytro Shkurko the Brussels based correspondent for Ukrinform, the national news agency for Ukraine. Roman was in Brussels for a private visit, to brief the European Parliament and officials from the EU institutions about the harsh realities of…

Evidence Released of Concentration Camps in China for Muslims

A leading Brussels-based human rights group has voiced concern about ethnic minority groups, mostly Uighur Muslims, in China. Leaked documents about Chinese detention camps are said to dramatically contradict government claims they are voluntary job training centres. The classified documents, which have been broadcast by Sky TV, appear to confirm the testimony of many former detainees that they are centres…

Consistency needed across EU to implement Istanbul Convention

The Left group has strongly condemned EU member states that have either failed to ratify, or are obfuscating and even revoking measures to implement the Istanbul Convention. With one in three women over the age of 15 having been a victim of physical and/or sexual violence in the EU, the Istanbul Convention is the most…

The EU should demand urgent action on Romania’s shameful prison conditions

The spotlight had already been on Romania’s prison conditions due to a report earlier this year by the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT), writes Dr Charles Tannock. There was further international scrutiny as commentators wondered how Liviu Dragnea, the leader of country’s Social…

Russian Bear’s Power Grab Sparks Protests in Kyiv

Following yesterday’s startling and incoherent decision by Ukraine’s cabinet of ministers to dismiss the President of Energoatom Mr Yuri Nedashkovsky by a cavalier show of hands, workers of the company immediately staged a protest outside the Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection on Kreshchatyk in Central Kyiv.  The protestors demanded that Minister Orzhel should stop…