Appeal to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to Release Political Prisoners

Zimbabwe must release political prisoners and return to the path of democratic change, Conservative Security and Defence spokesman Geoffrey Van Orden told the European Parliament this week. Van Orden contrasted the current crisis with the feelings of optimism and change when Robert Mugabe was ousted in November 2017. However, the clampdown and suppression of free…

Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Foibe Massacres

Day of Remembrance of the Victims

Yesterday, (10 February) European Parliament President Antonio Tajani participated in the commemoration of the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Foibe Massacres. He laid a wreath at the edge of the Basovizza Foiba in Trieste, Italy, as part of the solemn commemoration established by Italian state law in 2004. The President issued the…

European Parliament Debates Police Use of Force Against Protests

Police clash against

After weeks of alleged police “brutality” against protesters across several EU countries, a request by GUE/NGL for a debate and resolution on the use of excessive force by the police against peacefully protesting citizens’ is on the Strasbourg plenary agenda for next week. Alleged police violence and use of weapons – including the so-called flashballs or…

“New Europeans” Campaigns for Citizens’ Rights Post-Brexit

Roger Casale - New Europeans Campaigns for Citizens' Rights

The campaign group New Europeans has renewed its call for a “GreenCard” for EU citizens at meeting to discuss way forward with citizenship rights post Brexit. Members of New Europeans and representatives of civil society met on Thursday in Brussels to discuss the plight of EU27 citizens and Britons in Europe post Brexit at a…

Domansky Calls For More Press Freedom in Ukraine

Domansky Calls Press Freedom in Ukraine

Speaking on International Human Rights Day (10 December) at the Brussels Press Club, Andriy Domansky, a prominent Ukrainian lawyer, called for the freedom of speech and the rights of journalists in Ukraine.  He represents a number of journalists in Ukraine who have been detained or harassed for doing nothing more than carrying out their professional duty….

Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency funding of #resist protestors

Romanian prosecutors investigate cryptocurrency

The Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT) in Romania is investigating 403 cryptocurrency transactions.  These transactions, valued in total at 14 million US Dollars, were made over a period of three years, writes James Wilson. The funds entered Romania in order to fund #resist groups and other NGOs who support the National Anti-Corruption…

Protecting Freedom of Speech

Protecting Freedom

A permanent independent body should be set up to investigate murders of journalists, it has been claimed, writes Martin Banks The demand comes after the murders of three journalists in Europe so far this year, including Daphne Caruana Galizia, the Maltese reporter who was killed by a car bomb in the course of her investigation into…

The Case of Asia Bibi

The Case of Asia Bibi

British Conservative Member of the European Parliament, Sajjad Karim, has held a debate on the case of Asia Bibi postponed to a later date, writes Martin Banks. Karim made a request to the Parliament’s President, Antonio Tajani, to delay the discussion – that was due to take place later this week – in order to avoid…