Turkey: Free Rights Defender Following European Court Ruling

Click to expand Image Osman Kavala © 2017 Anadolu Kültür (Strasbourg) – The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers should issue a decision at its June 4, 2020 meeting directing Turkey to release human rights defender Osman Kavala and drop all charges against him, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists, and the Turkey Human […]

Hungary Rejects Opportunity to Protect Women from Violence

Expand Candles and silhouettes representing victims are placed during a rally to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women outside the Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, November 25, 2018. © 2018 Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP Amidst a disturbing global uptick in reports of domestic violence during Covid-19 lockdowns, Hungary has taken a leap […]

Belarus: Use Europe Games to Spur Media Freedom

Expand The media photograph Marina Zolotova, editor-in-chief of news portal tut.by, as she attends her trial for alleged ‘unauthorised access’ to information from state-run BelTA news agency, in Minsk, March 4, 2019. © 2019 SERGEI GAPON/AFP/Getty Images   (Brussels) – The European Olympic Committees (EOC) should establish a complaints hotline for journalists during the 2019 European Games, Human Rights […]

On World Autism Awareness Day, ‘Everything is Possible’

Expand Children in the playground of a European School in Brussels.  © 2015 Lieven Van Assche / ID / photo agency Most of us who grew up in Europe have always taken our right to education for granted – but not children with autism. On a Wednesday afternoon in October, I met Adrian, a 17-year-old […]

World Report 2019: Reversing Autocrats’ Attacks on Rights

Expand Anti-government protestors in Venezuela take to the streets for a candlelight vigil in honor of protesters killed in clashes with security forces. © 2017 Associated Press (Berlin) – There is a growing global trend to confront the abuses of headline-grabbing autocrats, Human Rights Watch said today in launching its World Report 2019. Within the […]

EU: Postpone Vote on Vietnam Free Trade Agreement

Expand Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang stands in front of a statue of late Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam on January 23, 2018.    © 2018 Reuters/Kham (Brussels) – The European Parliament and the European Council should postpone the ratification of the proposed EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement until the Vietnamese government […]