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Human Rights Comment

Missing persons in Europe: the truth is yet to be told

28/08/2014 Strasbourg

Tens of thousands of persons remain missing and still haunt Europe decades after the demise of dictatorships and the end of armed conflicts. For example, Spain has yet to come to terms with its past and shed light on the fate of more than 150 000 persons who remain missing as a result of the...

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Human Rights Comment

Fighting violence against women must become a top priority

29/07/2014 Strasbourg

On August 1, the Istanbul Convention, a landmark treaty of the Council of Europe dedicated to preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, will enter into force. It could not come at a better time. Violence against women remains one of the most widespread human rights...

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Human Rights Comments

Protect women’s rights during the crisis

10/07/2014 Strasbourg

Women and men entered the economic crisis on an unequal footing. The crisis and resulting austerity measures have hit women disproportionately and endangered the progress already made in the enjoyment of human rights by women. A gender-sensitive response is necessary to halt and reverse this...

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Human Rights Comment

Youth human rights at risk during the crisis

03/06/2014 Strasbourg

Young people have been one of the groups hardest hit by the economic crisis in Europe, with youth unemployment being the most common pathology of many countries implementing austerity measures. However, it is not only the social and economic rights of young people that are being undermined, but...

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Human Rights Comment

Hate speech against women should be specifically tackled

06/03/2014 Strasbourg

In May 2013, a campaign led notably by Women, Action and the Media and the Everyday Sexism Project attracted global public attention to the issue of social media content promoting violence against women. Such content included the photograph of a well-known singer with a bloodied and beaten face...

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Human Rights Comment

Police abuse – a serious threat to the rule of law

25/02/2014 Strasbourg

Far too often, police officers in many European countries resort to excessive use of force against protesters, mistreat persons in detention, target minorities and otherwise engage in misconduct. This undermines public trust in the state, social cohesion, and effective law enforcement, which...

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Human Rights Comment

Europe still haunted by antisemitism

23/01/2014 Strasbourg

More than 70 years after the Holocaust, antisemitism is growing in Europe. While official statistics are missing in many countries, research shows that deeply ingrained hostility continues to threaten Jewish people’s security and human dignity across Europe. Today’s antisemitism finds its way...

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