Asylum and Rescue in the Mediterranean

Tineke Strik

Members of the European Parliament will this week debate the need for a European solution on asylum and migration including search and rescue in the Mediterranean sea.On Tuesday, the International Organisation for Migration’s project reported that nearly 6,000 people have died in the Med trying to reach Europe since the start of last year and…

People of Ukraine Win Sakharov Prize

The people of Ukraine are the winners of the 2022 Sakharov Prize for freedom of thought. The decision, made on Wednesday, was broadly welcomed.  S&D members said the European Parliament’s choice of this year’s final laureate. “reaffirms our wholehearted support to Ukrainians in the war waged by Russia, the most brutal attack on peace in…

EU Ban on Chinese Slave Labour Products

Uyghur Slave Labour in China

A possible ban by the EU on goods from China which may have been produced or sourced from forced labour has been welcomed by a leading human rights group. The ban is thought to being considered by the European Commission as a response to growing concern about alleged rights abuses in China. Critics of the…

Brahim Ghali Accused in Brussels of Rape

Brahim Ghali

Rape victim Jadiyetu Mohamed has challenged the Polisario leader Brahim Ghali in the European capital. During the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) which took place last Thursday, 13 October in the European Parliament, the young Sahrawi Jadiyetu Mohamed (Khadijatou) singled out her rapist Brahim Ghali (Leader of the Polisario separatists) during the…

Helping Those Fleeing Terror

The European Commission has announced a series of measures to continue supporting those fleeing what it calls “the unprovoked Russian aggression.” A new online job-search tool launched on Monday will help people fleeing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to successfully find a job in the European Union. After registering with the EU Talent Pool pilot initiative, those under…

European Parliament Condemns Iranian Violence

MEPs have called on the European Union to sanction Iranian officials, including all those associated with the morality police, who are found complicit in or responsible for the death of Jina Mahsa Amini and the killings of the protesters against the mass violations of women’s rights in Iran.  On Wednesday, they said in a statement,…

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…

Sinem Tezyapar

Sinem Tezyapar

The situation of Turkish peace campaigner Sinem Tezyapar, who has been imprisoned by the Turkish authorities for more than four years despite having committed no crimes, has not drawn the attention of any human rights organization. Her health has declined seriously as a result of her imprisonment. This website first reported on her case 2…

EU Migration and Asylum Rules

The European Parliament and five rotating Council Presidencies have commit to work together to adopt the reform of the EU migration and asylum rules before the 2024 EU elections. European Parliament President Roberta Metsola, Chair of the Civil Liberties Committee Juan Fernando López Aguilar, Asylum Contact Group Chair Elena Yoncheva and the Permanent Representatives of…

Freedom of Faith in Kazakhstan

Currently, representatives of 130 ethnic groups and 18 religious denominations live in Kazakhstan, including Muslims, Orthodox, Catholics, Protestants, Jews, and Buddhists. There are many mosques and temples operating and being built all over the country, which are actively visited by believers. Religious freedoms in Kazakhstan are guaranteed by article 14 of the country’s Constitution, which…