Towards a More Ethical Financial Sector

A major EU vote and a direct call to action from investors with assets worth $1.7 trillion signals the start of a transformation of the financial sector – which could help in delivering on the Paris climate agreement, and prevent human rights abuses. Last week saw historic moves from across both politics and industry, which…

More accessible products and services for disabled and elderly people 

Human Rights for people

Key products and services, such as smartphones, ATMs, ticketing machines and banking services, will be made more accessible to people with disabilities. The European Accessibility Act (EAA), approved by Parliament with 613 votes to 23, with 36 abstentions on Wednesday, aims to improve the daily lives of disabled and elderly people, also opening the door…

Will the Ukraine Orthodox Church Linked To Moscow Suffer From A Haemorrage Of Its Parishes?

Ukrainian Orthodox Church

Statistics about the change of jurisdiction by parishes of the Metropolitan Onufry-led Ukrainian Orthodox Church in communion with the Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church (UOC) to the newly created Orthodox Church of Ukraine, led by the Metropolitan Epifaniy in communion with Constantinople (OCU) are clashing but do not show a haemorrhage. According to various…

Appeal to Zimbabwe President Emmerson Mnangagwa to Release Political Prisoners

Geoffrey Van Orden

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…

“New Europeans” win CiDAN Citizenship and Human Rights Prize

CiDAN Citizenship and Human Rights Prize

The campaign group “New Europeans” has won the CiDAN Citizenship and Human Rights Prize  for its Green Card proposal to secure onward mobility (free movement) rights post Brexit for Britons in Europe and to protect EU27 citizens in the UK from discrimination, writes Martin Banks. The prize is awarded by a European jury consisting of parliamentarians and military staff representatives…