Benin under the spotlight at the UN Human Rights Council; Rogatien Biaou speaks out

Rogatien Biaou

On Tuesday 27 September, the issues of human rights and political oppression in Benin were raised at the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, composed of 47 member states, in which Benin is occupying a seat until 2024. An oral statement co-sponsored by two NGOs, CAP/ Liberté deConscience (France) and Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) expressed…

Ukraine’s Humanitarian Needs

As the Russia’s war against Ukraine rages on, humanitarian needs in the country continue to rise rapidly.  In view of an effective and timely humanitarian response, the EU organised a Humanitarian Senior Officials Meeting in Brussels. Opened by Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, and Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, Olha Stefanishyna, the high-level meeting discussed the…

Mobilisation Provokes Violence in Russian Society

Russian Mobilisation

On 21 September, the president of Russia announced the beginning of partial mobilisation, against which a huge number of those who oppose the war and mobilisation, as well as those who support the war in Ukraine appeared. All this has generated a surge of violence and brutality in Russian society. On September 26, there was…

Russia’s Sham Referenda

Russia’s referenda in parts of occupied Ukraine has been condemned by the North Atlantic Council. On Friday, it issued a statement on the planned poll. It reads, “We condemn in the strongest possible terms the plan to hold so-called “referenda” on joining the Russian Federation in the Ukrainian regions partly controlled by the Russian military. …

More Russian Propaganda, Again?

Will Russia deliberately shell and fire on residents of the occupied territories during their pseudo-referenda? The Ukrainian authorities have suggested that the Russian Federation could be planning to carry out a number of terrorist acts against civilians by shelling the civilian infrastructure during the illegal referenda in the temporarily occupied territories of Zaporizhzhia, Kherson, Donetsk…

Samarkand SCO Summit

The Samarkand Initiative is a concentrated expression of Mirziyoyev’s political “doctrine” writes Akramjaon Nematov. On 15-16 September Samarkand held a very important event – the summit of SCO Heads of State. It was different from previous ones due to its extensive programme, comprehensive agenda, as well as a broad representation of states, international and regional…

Call to support Taiwan’s participation in ICAO

The International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) develops common regulations and standards for civil aviation. Countries around the world abide by ICAO’s directives to ensure the safe and orderly growth of international civil aviation, writes Wang Kwo-tsai. The 41st session of the triennial ICAO Assembly, to be held between September 27 and October 7 this year…

Russian Terror: Acts of Desperation

On 11 September on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks in the USA, Russia struck the critical infrastructure of Ukraine – thermal power plants, which resulted in complete or partial blackout of some regions of Kharkiv, Sumy, Poltava, Dnipropetrovsk and Zaporizhzhia regions. The Kremlin dictator struck, as always, sneakily, stealthily. Another war crime took place…

Calls on Russia to Stop Illegal Deportation of Ukrainian Children

Anna Fotyga

Upon the co-initiative of the ECR Group, the European Parliament has passed a resolution calling on Russia to immediately stop forced deportations from Ukraine and the illegal adoptions of Ukrainian children by Russians.  Speaking during the debate on Wednesday, ECR Group Foreign Affairs Coordinator and Co-Author of the Resolution Anna Fotyga said: “Over 2 million people…