From Podium to Humanitarian Powerhouse: Julia Gershun’s Battle for Ukraine’s Children

Julia Gershun

Former Ukrainian Miss Universe Julia Gershun has spent the last three months in tireless humanitarian efforts to evacuate women and children from Ukraine. The UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and founder of Peace Committee of Ukraine spoke to James Wilson about the urgent priorities ahead. Before the Russian attack on Ukraine in the early hours of 24…

Russia’s Litany of Deliberate Murder, Violence and Death in Ukraine

Russia murdering children

The United Nations has confirmed 4,395 civilian deaths resulting from Russia’s outright war against Ukraine and injuries of 5,390 civilians. The statistical update covers the period from February 24 to June 12, according to the UNHCR. Among the dead are 275 children, as well as 451 among the wounded. The organization emphasizes that the real…

The Stories of the Unconquered

Ukraine Unconquered

The Stories of the Unconquered: the Mariupol Collection of The Museum of Civilian Voices of the Rinat Akhmetov Foundation Mariupol is a city that has become a symbol of Ukraine’s resistance and suffering through the Russian invasion. The cruel enemy turned the city into a cemetery with thousands dead. The witnesses of the tragedy said…

Big Business Torpedoes Commission Draft Law on Human Rights Abuses

Human Rights abuses

The European Commission’s proposal on human rights obligations of companies bears damaging marks from a successful business campaign, a new report claims. A  report by lobby watchdog Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO), Friends of the Earth Europe (FOEE) and Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND) has, they say, “uncovered the astonishing extent to which pro-corporate voices…

Parliament Condemns China’s Repression of Uyghurs

Uyghur forced labour

MEPs say they “strongly” condemn the repression of the Uyghur community and other ethnic Turkic people in the Uyghur Autonomous Region of Xinjiang.  They said, “These minority groups in China are victims of brutal measures such as mass deportation, political indoctrination, and family separation, restrictions of religious freedom, cultural destruction and extensive use of surveillance.”…

Belgian Pride 2022

Belgian Pride

After a two-year absence, Belgian Pride made a comeback this year. More than 120,000 people participated in the Belgian Pride Parade.  The streets of the capital were decked out in the colours of the rainbow. It was an opportunity for those taking part to share their message and their demands in a joyful and good-humoured…

Hong Kong: The Tragic Arrest of Cardinal Zen (90)

Cardinal Zen

The Vatican should more forcefully oppose the arrest of Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-Kiun, a retired Hong Kong archbishop who has courageously opposed human rights violations, and Western governments should sanction responsible Hong Kong officials, said Peter Zoehrer, Director of FOREF a Vienna-based, independent human rights organisation. “Cardinal Zen courageously risked his own freedom and security…

China Forcing Organ Removal From Prisoners

Illegal Organ Removal

Reported systematic forced organ harvesting in China is a serious human rights violation that requires a full, independent and transparent investigation, underlined the S&Ds in regard to last week’s adoption of the European Parliament resolution on this matter. Maria Arena, the S&D negotiator on the resolution on the reports of continued organ harvesting in China, said:…

3 May World Press Freedom Day

World Press Freedom Day

On 3 May, the World Press Freedom Day, the European Parliament officially launched the call for submissions for entries to the Daphne Caruana Galizia Prize for Journalism. The Prize rewards on a yearly basis outstanding journalism that promotes or defends the core principles and values of the European Union such as human dignity, freedom, democracy,…