Morocco Stresses the Contribution of Marrakesh Compact on Migration

Nasser Bourita

Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita Speaking at a High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development convened by the UN Economic and Social Council, Nasser Bourita the Foreign Minister of Morocco stressed the importance of  continuing the implementation of the Marrakesh Compact. The Marrakesh Compact represents an open informal group…

Peaceful Protests in Tbilisi Attacked While Government Does Nothing

Tbilisi Pride

At least twenty journalists have been attacked by far-right hate groups gathered in a counter-rally against today’s Tbilisi Pride March, according to the latest reports. In addition, Far-right crowds that gathered on Tbilisi’s main Rustaveli Avenue last night to prevent Tbilisi Pride March set for later today, dismantled tents erected by opposition and civic activists outside the…

Sassoli: “The Rights of the People are the Measure of all Things”

Pope Francis and Sassoli

On June 26, the President of the European Parliament went to the Holy See to meet Pope Francis and the Vatican Secretary of State, His Eminence Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The conversation with the Holy Father, focused on the need to protect the weakest and most vulnerable: the rights of people are the measure of all…

Nameless but Not Forgotten –

Tank Man

Remembering the Tank Men of Tiananmen Square June 4 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre, in which thousands of civilians were brutally murdered by the Chinese Communist Party’s death squads, writes Jianli Yang. Thirty-two years later, most of the survivors, including myself, have become parents and grandparents. But despite the passage of time,…

VIENNA AWARD FOR CHINESE AMBASSADOR SPARKS INTERNATIONAL CRITICISM

Vienna City Hall

Leading Experts And Human Rights Defenders Condemn And Ridicule The Award Of Vienna’s Highest Honour To The Chinese Ambassador, writes Peter Zoehrer. The award of the State of Vienna’s Great Gold Medal to Chinese Ambassador Li Xiaosi has drawn sharp criticism from leading experts on human rights and religious freedom in China. “We are astonished and embarrassed by this…

Calls to Improve the Fight Against Coronavirus in Latin America

Jeanine Áñez Chavez

Parliament has adopted resolutions assessing the human rights situation in Bolivia, and the COVID-19 situation in Latin America. The COVID-19 pandemic is having a devastating impact on the Latin American continent, MEPs say, expressing their solidarity towards all victims and their families, as well all those affected by the health, economic and social crises. The…

Pakistan Blasphemy Laws Under Fire

MEPs have adopted an urgency resolution on the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, in particular the case of Shagufta Kausar and Shafqat Emmanuel sentenced to death in 2014 on blasphemy charges, calling on the Pakistani authorities to immediately and unconditionally release them and to overturn their sentence. The Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament strongly…

China Censors Foreign Journalism

John Sudworth of BBC broke the news about uyghur slave labour in Xinjiang

The recent departure from China of a veteran journalist shines a light on how that nation’s regime suppresses journalism from other countries, writes Jianli Yang. Late last month, after nine years in China, BBC Beijing correspondent John Sudworth clandestinely left with his family for Taiwan. His move followed a propaganda campaign against him for his…

Better Digital Access Needed for Roma Children in Hungary

Hungary's Roma Children Need better access to digital services

According to an August 2020 survey by the National Democratic Institute, a U.S.-based non-profit organization, only 41% of Roma households in Hungary have access to both cable and mobile internet and 13% report no access to the internet at all.  A November 2020 report from Hungary’s deputy ombudsperson for national minorities acknowledged that for Roma…

Empowering Women Through Trade

Women have tremendous potential to contribute to the economy and to society

The Renew Europe group has published and presented a new report focusing on empowering women through trade and tackling gender inequality.  Women have diverse roles in society, as they are entrepreneurs who manage their own business, they are employees at companies, and they are consumers. “Incorporating gender mainstreaming in trade policy is crucial. Women worldwide…